Critical fall harvest management issues will be discussed by a panel of alfalfa breeders during the Jan. 24-26 Midwest Forage Association (MFA), Wisconsin Custom Operators (WCO) and Professional Nutrient Applicators (PNA) Symposium and annual meetings.

The symposium, to be held at Chula Vista Resort, Wisconsin Dells, will include sessions for each organization represented. On Jan. 24, a certification workshop starts at 1 p.m.

The Jan. 25 MFA program will include a comparison of brown midrib corn silage to conventional silage, a discussion of new seed innovations and industry trends, and advice on total mixed rations and silo management.

WCO’s program explores the challenges and opportunities with snaplage, the value of shrink and nutrient loss, legal rights in billing and collections, on-farm biofuel production in Germany, how to buy used equipment and what’s new in mergers.

PNA sessions include how to calibrate manure application equipment, what’s needed to get a commercial pesticide applicator license, and tools for precision manure application.
Alfalfa-grass mixes and management, sorghum as a forage and biomass crop, a state yield project and cover crops will be subjects on the Jan. 26 MFA program.

WCO topics offered that same day include wide-swath haymaking; inoculant, enzyme and acid basics; insurance issues and custom rates.

Also on Jan. 26, PNA will examine nutrient management regulations, how to prevent and document road damage and how to use cover crops to manage nutrients.

For more information or to register, visit www.midwestforage.org/or call 651-484-3888.