A wealth of forage-related topics will be covered at The Western Alfalfa & Forage Conference, Dec. 11-13 in Reno, NV. Forty-one speakers will discuss economics, equipment, stand establishment, pest management, irrigation, alternative forages, forage quality and risk management. More than 500 hay growers, support industry people, educators, professional crop advisors and exhibitors are expected to attend.

The registration deadline is Nov. 20. The conference will be held at John Ascuagua's Nugget in Sparks. Make hotel reservations directly by calling 800-648-1177. Mention the alfalfa conference when reserving hotel rooms.

A pre-conference tour is scheduled for Dec. 11, with the conference and exhibits running Dec. 12-13. A complete program is available online at http://alfalfa.ucdavis.edu/2006AlfalfaConference. Contact Dan Putnam, alfalfa/forage extension agronomist, University of California, Davis, at 530-752-8982 for more