The New Mexico Hay Association (NMHA) announces the addition of corn silage topics to its usual lineup of hay-related presentations at the Southwest Hay Conference, scheduled for Jan.17-18 at the Ruidoso Convention Center in Ruidoso, NM.

"Typically, we have only addressed forages that can be wrapped in twine, but realize there is not an organized forage consortium in our state," says Doug Whitney, NMHA president. "We hope to assist farmers with education on corn production and related topics as well as hay production since, in many parts of the state, farmers focus on both in their cropping rotations."

Topics on this year's agenda include the latest in biotechnology of corn and alfalfa, fertilization, organic alfalfa, irrigation needs, alternative crops, manure management and maximizing silage production. A large trade show featuring the latest equipment and other products and services will be included. "The conference is always a great opportunity for farmers to improve their vocation, as well as visit with their across-state counterparts," says Justin Boswell, newly appointed NMHA executive director. "We welcome out-of-state producers, as well as end users from all over the Southwest."

For more information, visit www.nmhay.com, or contact secretary Gina Sterrett at nmhay@yahoo.com or 575-626-5677. Contact Justin Boswell at 575-840-9908 or juboswel@yahoo.com.