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February. 4—Monday
Conference begins at 11:30 a.m.

11:00 a.m. - Registration Opens

11:30 a.m. - Lunch Buffet

Sponsored by AGCO Corporation

12:30 p.m. - What's New In Forage Equipment

Manipulating Hay Swath To Speed Drying
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin - Madison

1:15 - 2:45 p.m. - Alfalfa's Future

Alfalfa As A Green Biomass Alternative
Michael Russelle, USDA - ARS

Breeding Tomorrow's Alfalfa
Joe Bouton, Noble Foundation

2:45 - 3:05 p.m. - Break

Sponsored by Western Ag Enterprises

3:05 - 3:50 p.m. - Concurrent Alfalfa Management Sessions

Managing Irrigation: It's More Than Flipping A Switch
Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Alfalfa As A Grazing Crop
Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky

4:00 - 5:30 p.m. - Roundup Ready Alfalfa Face-Off

  • Phil Geertson, Geertson Seed Farms
  • Will Rostov, Center for Food Safety Senior Attorney
  • Mark McCaslin, President, Forage Genetics
  • Erik Freese, hay grower, Dixon, CA

5:30 - 7:00 p.m. - Reception

Sponsored by Cargill Promote

7:00 p.m. - Banquet

Gratitude and Patriotism: A Personal Perspective
Garry Lacefield, University of Kentucky

February. 5—Tuesday

7:30 - 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast

8:00 - 9:15 a.m. - The Trials Of Forage Testing

Accuracy: An Art And A Science
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin - Madison

Investigative Report On Lab Accuracy
Bruce Anderson, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

National Forage Testing Association's Accuracy Improvements
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin - Madison

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. - Concurrent Alfalfa Production Sessions

The Scoop On Fertility

  • Fertilizing Alfalfa For Maximum Yields
    Steve Orloff, University of California Farm Advisor

  • Manure Use On Alfalfa
    Michael Russelle, USDA - ARS

  • Pest Control Practicalities

  • What To Do About Weevils And Aphids
    Michael Rethwisch, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • Look Out For Leafhoppers
    Tom Hunt, University of Nebraska - Lincoln

  • 10:30 - 10:50 a.m. - Break

    Sponsored by Western Ag Enterprises

    10:50 - Noon - Alfalfa Marketers Tell All

    Organic Farming - Is It For You?
    Bill Simon, Fairfield, ID

    Hay As A Value-Added Product
    Tom Bailey, Bailey Hay International, Ephraim, UT

    Growing and Marketing Alfalfa In Corn Country
    Kirk Shane, Kirk Shane Farms, Atkinson, NE

    Conference Ends at Noon

    Following the completion of the conference, visit the 13th Annual Mid-America Expo at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds, Kearney, NE.

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