The 2010 California Alfalfa and Forage Symposium will feature an IPM workshop and a mini symposium focusing on corn and small-grain silage.

The IPM workshop and a field tour will take place Nov. 30 at the University of California’s Kearney Research and Extension Center in Parlier. Titled “Managing Pests while Protecting the Environment,” the event will cover pest biology, specific pest-management strategies and techniques and diagnostic skills for insects, weeds and diseases. Separate registration is required.

Most symposium sessions and a trade show will take place Dec. 1-2 at the Visalia Convention Center. Forty-two speakers will present information on economic trends, water and pest management and many other topics.

The mini symposium, which runs from 1:30 to 5 p.m. the first day, will cover silage stability; tips for growing, harvesting and feeding high-quality cereal silage; best management practices for corn silage; and other topics. The speakers will include well-known silage experts Limin Kung, Jr., University of Delaware dairy nutritionist; and Keith Bolsen, former Kansas State University forage management specialist.

Registration before Nov. 3 is $125; IPM workshop registration is $65. Complete program and lodging information and online registration are available at alfalfa.ucdavis.edu.