If you want to know the benefits and drawbacks to switching Western alfalfa fields to drip irrigation, presentation notes are available online as part of the 2014 Idaho Alfalfa & Forage Conference proceedings.

Session handouts from the conference, held earlier this year in Burley, are on the University of Idaho’s Forage Web Page. Other topics covered include hay storage losses, grass and legume varieties in Idaho and science and food policy myths.

A May 7 Alfalfa & Small Grains Field Day will be hosted by the University of California (UC) at its Agronomy Field Headquarters in Davis. Featured will be presentations on alfalfa varieties, new weed control methods, control of aphids and other pests, switchgrass as a potential forage, surviving the 2014 drought and more. More information is available in this complete agenda, or go to the UC-Davis Alfalfa & Forages website.

Two $2,000 scholarships are being offered by the Washington State Hay Growers Association for the 2014-15 school year. To be eligible, applicants must be high school graduates, current undergraduates or graduate students. The scholarships can be used in any field of study. Application deadline is May 15. Download guidelines and the application. For additional information, call 509-585-5460.

The University of Minnesota (U of M) Extension’s forage website is even more user-friendly following a recent overhaul. The site offers a wide range of topics related to forage production, including variety selection and genetics, soil and water management, establishment, nutrient management, growth and development, utilization and management and organic production. A crops calendar and Extension’s Minnesota Crop News blog, highlighting current news, research findings and other information on a variety of crops, can also be accessed on the site.