Learn how to make hay dry as fast as possible at the Feb. 4-5 National Alfalfa Symposium. Sponsored by Hay & Forage Grower and the Nebraska Alfalfa Marketing Association, the symposium will take place at the Ramada Inn and Conference Center in Kearney, NE, just prior to the Mid-America Alfalfa Expo.

Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin extension forage specialist, will kick off the program with a presentation titled "Manipulating Hay Swaths to Speed Drying." "We will be talking about some of the new types of haymaking equipment on the market, such as super conditioners, and the reconditioning concept that has developed in some places," Undersander says. "We will look at the macerator, too. We will also talk about management to use whatever kind of conditioner the farmer has to the best advantage." Additional information about haymaking equipment will be provided during two panel discussions on new equipment and technology during the Feb. 5-6 Mid-America Alfalfa Expo at the nearby Buffalo County Fairgrounds.

For more details on the symposium schedule or to register at the early bird fee of $100/person, visit alfalfasymposium.com. For information on the expo, visit alfalfaexpo.com/.