"Managing Forages to Increase Profits" is the theme for the 2008 Winter Grazing Conference Jan. 19 in Assaria. Topics will include ways to increase farm profitability by conserving fuel and reducing fertilizer costs during times of rising energy prices.
Gary Kilgore, emeritus agronomist with Kansas State University Research and Extension, will begin the day, discussing and answering questions about how to select the right mix of forages and manage those forages to maximize returns. He´ll cover annual and perennial forages, as well as blends and crop residues. Kilgore´s information will range from brush control and interseeding techniques to any other forage concern participants want him to address.
In addition, Brad Windholz will describe stockpiling forages for winter grazing on his farm near Marquette, Kan. Last winter, Wincholz´s animals were able to thrive without being fed hay.
The conference will be the third Saturday in January from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Assaria Lutheran Church at 124 W. 1st St. Registration to cover the conference materials and lunch is $25 per person, due by Jan. 12th.
The conference schedule and registration information are available from Mary Howell at 785-363-7377 (firstname.lastname@example.org). They´re also linked to the calendar maintained by KCSAAC - the KSU- based Kansas Center for Sustainable Agriculture and Alternative Crops - on the Web at www.kansassustainableag.org/calendar.htm.
KCSAAC and the Kansas Rural Center both provide support for the winter grazing conference, which is organized each year by the Kansas Graziers Association.