Reducing phosphorus, evaluating the merits of custom harvesting, and methods of pricing standing hay and corn silage will be some of several dairy forage seminars to be held at the World Dairy Expo, Sept. 29-Oct. 3, at the Alliant Energy Center, Madison, WI.

Forage experts from the U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center (USDFRC), University of Wisconsin and other research centers will present cutting-edge information starting the second day of the expo. Seminars will be held on the Dairy Forage Tool Box Seminar Stage located at the east end of the Arena Building.

The seminar schedule and speakers will be as follows:
Wednesday, Sept. 30
10:30 a.m. – Using whole farm management of crop/livestock systems to reduce the Phosphorus Index, Tom Cox, ag economist and soil scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Jim Leverich, on-farm research coordinator, University of Wisconsin-Extension.
1:30 p.m. – Should a custom operator be harvesting your forages? Matthew Digman, machinery systems specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Thursday, Oct. 1
10:30 a.m. – Finding a fair way to price standing hay and corn silage, Ted Bay, crops and farm management agent, University of Wisconsin-Extension, Grant and Lafayette counties.
1:30 p.m. – Don’t overlook the benefits of perennial forages for soils, crops and water quality, Bill Jokela, soil scientist, USDFRC, USDA-ARS.
Friday, Oct. 2
10:30 a.m. – Don’t make your cows eat dirt: Reducing ash in hay and haylage, Dan Undersander, research and extension agronomist, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
1:30 p.m. – Using corn silage starch to navigate high-priced grain, Randy Shaver, extension dairy nutritionist, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Saturday, Oct. 3
10:30 a.m. – New understanding of the stories cows tell about nutrition, Mary Beth Hall, dairy scientist, USDFRC, USDA-ARS.

For more information on World Dairy Expo, call 608-224-6455 or email wde@wdexpo.com