The following are forage-industry mentions from universities and organizations around the country.
• Hay producers in Minnesota and Wisconsin have until June 13 to complete a brief online survey about winterkill damage to alfalfa stands and other forage this year. The survey is being conducted by the University of Minnesota and University of Wisconsin forage teams. Results will be shared at future forage educational programs in the two states. Read more about it here.
• July 10 is the deadline for Missouri hay producers entering the 2013 Ozark Empire Fair Hay Show. Hay entries must be harvested in the state during 2013, and small rectangular and large bale hay packages are accepted. There is a $20 entry fee. Winning entries will be announced during the fair, scheduled for July 25-Aug. 3 in Springfield. Get an entry form.
• Presentations from an Alfalfa/Forage/Biofuel Crop Field Day, held in Davis, CA, last month, are now available on the University of California Extension forage web site. Topics covered include alfalfa-weevil management, low-lignin alfalfa, new herbicide testing in alfalfa, drip irrigation management for alfalfa and more.
• Colorado hay producers have until June 14 to submit listings for the 2013 Colorado Hay Directory, published by the state department of agriculture. Download a listing form or, for more information, see our story, “Colorado Growers: Submit Hay Directory Listings.”
• The California Alfalfa and Forage Association (CAFA) board of directors has hired Ag Association Management Services Inc. (AAMSI), Sacramento, to manage its organization. Spencer Halsey of AAMSI will serve as CAFA’s executive director. AAMSI manages several commodity boards and ag trade associations in the state. In making the announcement, CAFA acknowledged the “years of loyalty and hard work” of outgoing executive director Aaron Keiss. He will continue to work on special projects for the organization.