Hayfield and pasture management will be the focus of the upcoming Illinois Forage Institute, scheduled for March 13 at First Christian Church’s Family Life Center in Greenville.
Educational sessions will begin with a presentation titled “What Baleage Can Do For You,” by Kendall Guither, incoming president of the Illinois Forage and Grassland Council (IFGC), the event sponsor. Guither is the Walnut, IL, producer who recently won the Forage Spokesperson Contest sponsored by the American Forage and Grassland Council (see “Baleage Expert Wins Forage Spokesperson Contest”).
Other topics to be covered include: soil-fertility management for hay and pastures, corn crop residue as a winter feed alternative;and hay storage and feeding methods to minimize losses. There will also be sessions on weed management for hay and pastures, forage insurance availability and selecting forage species.
Commercial exhibits featuring products and services related to the forage industry will also be part of the day’s program.
USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service, University of Illinois Extension and Bond County Soil and Water Conservation District are offering event support.
Registration is $15 each for IFGC members and $20 each for non-members until March 5. After that date, the cost increases to $20 and $25. Registration covers a noon meal and forage presentation handout materials. See a program brochure.
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