The latest in forages will be discussed at the Four-State Forage Conference, to be held March 25-26 in Baraboo and Prairie du Sac, WI.

“Topics covered include forage quality, silage preservation, hay processing equipment, digestible fiber and maximizing alfalfa yield and quality,” says Mike Hutjens, University of Illinois extension dairy specialist.

Iowa State University, the universities at Wisconsin, Illinois and Minnesota and Hay & Forage Grower are sponsoring the event.

Registration starts March 25 at the Ho-Chunk Hotel and Convention Center in Baraboo. Sessions that morning center on maximizing alfalfa and corn silage yield and quality, nutrient management, minerals in forages and the RFQ index. Early afternoon discussions at the hotel will be on silage preservation advances and new forage equipment.

Breakout sessions later in the day, to be held at the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center in Prairie du Sac, include bunker silo facer and hay-processing equipment demonstrations. Bunker covers, bunker and bag density, manure scoring, rumen pH measurements and N and P from manure will also be discussed.

The March 26 sessions will be on forage carbohydrate fractions, digestible fiber and contracting forages.

Registration is $95 before March 11 and $120 after that date. To reserve a hotel room, call 800-446-5550.

For further information, contact the Wisconsin Agri-Service Association at 6000 Gisholt Dr., Suite 208, Madison, WI 53713-4816. Call 608-223-1111 or fax 608-223-1147.