Ways to prevent bermudagrass stands from declining will be discussed at the first-annual, two-day forage conference as part of the Georgia Cattlemen's Association Annual Convention, April 5-7 in Perry.

The forage sessions will be held April 4-5 and at-the-door registration is available, says Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension forage specialist. The meetings will be held at the Georgia National Fairgrounds and will offer in-depth information, he says.

“One of these topics has turned out to be very much a hot-button issue. I have gotten more calls about problems with bermudagrass stands in the last two weeks than in any previous spring,” Hancock says.

The utilization of clovers in forage systems will be discussed by Don Ball, Auburn University emeritus Extension forage specialist, and Garry Lacefield, his counterpart at the University of Kentucky. That same day, Curt Lacy, UGA Extension livestock economist, will talk on the economics of growing bermudagrass vs. bahiagrass.

Pesticide management updates and a sprayer calibration clinic will be held April 5. Pesticide credits will be offered for Georgia private and commercial applicator license holders.

For more on the program, visit the UGA Ag and Environmental Sciences Web site.