The deadline to register for next week’s Southeast Hay Convention in Tifton, GA, is this Friday, March 2, reminds Dennis Hancock, University of Georgia Extension forage specialist. The fifth-annual convention will be held March 6-7 at the Tifton Campus Conference Center.
“We have a great show in store for this year's crowd,” says Hancock. “The program is dedicated to those who are serious about commercial hay production and those who would like a thorough, A to Z coverage of the subject.”
Presentation topics will include: hay production economics and outlook, climate outlook and implications for the hay market, fertilization outlook for hay producers, what to do about problem insects and weeds, bermudagrass varieties for Southeastern hay producers, alfalfa and perennial peanut production in the South, winter-annual grass varieties, key steps in forage establishment, baled silage, how to cure and handle high-quality hay, preventing hay molding and heating, hay storage systems and evaluating new hay enterprises.
Also, defining forage nutritional value, meeting quality demands of the market and ensuring repeat business, fine-tuning fertilization, irrigating and monitoring soil moisture, forage sampling methods and tools, soil and plant tissue sampling and interpreting results, and measuring soil compaction.
Registration costs $195 per person, but each additional person from the same farm can register for $125. The fee includes a 400-page Southeast Hay Convention notebook, two lunches and other resources.