Novice and veteran hay growers all will have something to gain from attending the March 8 Hay Production School in Waynesboro, GA. Jointly sponsored by the University of Georgia and Clemson University cooperative extension services, the school's primary focus is to help attendees serve the growing market for high-quality hay. John Andrae, Clemson University extension forage crop specialist, will talk about forage species, harvest timing and forage quality. Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia extension forage specialist, will talk about how to cure and handle hay.
A variety of additional topics will be also be covered, including recommendations for selecting, establishing and fertilizing a hay crop; weed management options; insect management; hay storage systems; and the economics of hay production. The training will be held in the auditorium at the extension office in Burke County Office Park. Registration begins at 8 a.m. The registration form and payment must be received by Feb. 29. Registration cost is $60 per person, and $25 for each additional person from the same farm.
Learn more at www.caes.uga.edu/commodities/fieldcrops/forages/hayps08.html. Call Andrae at 864-656-3504 or Hancock at 706-542-1529.