New irrigation technology isn't just for the corn and soybean producer. The latest in irrigation technology tools for the forage producer will lead off the educational sessions at the 2014 Mid-America Alfalfa Expo and Conference, Feb. 4-5, in Kearney. Events will take place at the Buffalo County Fairgrounds.
Representatives of the four major pivot manufacturers in Nebraska—Valley, T&L, Reinke and Lindsay—will take part in the panel on irrigation technology on Feb. 4.
The trade show opens at 9:45 a.m. on Feb. 4 and remains open during the conference.
Other topics at the two-day event are: choosing the right app, by Wayne Ohnseorg, UNL Extension educator; the technology in your seed, by Jeffrey Jackson of Brookings, S.D.; a producer panel, including a dairyman and beef producer; and the latest in forage research in Nebraska, by Michael Rethwisch, UNL Extension educator.
At 3:30 on Feb. and reception will be held with entertainment by R.P. Smith, cowboy poet and humorist from Broken Bow. Later that evening is the annual N.A.M.A. dinner at the Younes Conference Center in Kearney.
Other activities at the expo and convention center include photography and hay quality contests.
N.A.M.A is an association that links Nebraska alfalfa producers with rancher, dairy farmer, stables, feedlot operators and others looking for alfalfa hay.
According to the N.A.M.A. web site, "Buyers come to Nebraska because our climate for growing high-quality alfalfa and our location makes shipping nationwide possible. A growing season that goes from May to October allows Nebraska alfalfa producers to annually harvest approximately 5 million tons of alfalfa hay on 1.5 million acres.
For more information about the expo and conference, contact Barb Kinnan, N.A.M.A. executive director, at 800-743-1649.