The first 2014 Central Minnesota Forage Workshop will be held at the American Legion in Royalton on Wednesday, Feb. 5.
Additional workshops will be held on February 4 in Floodwood in northeast Minnesota and February 6 in Caledonia.
The American Legion is located at 103 North Maple Street just off of Highway 10 on the north side of Royalton. Marvin Haul, Penn State University Extension forage specialist, will be the special guest speaker.
The workshop will start with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the program starting at 10. Lunch will be served and the meeting will adjourn by 3 p.m.
Topics planned for the morning include:
* "Reducing Corn in Dairy Rations," by Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota Extension regional dairy educator.
* "Managing Alfalfa & Alfalfa/Grass Mixtures for Yield and Quality," by Marvin Hall, Penn State.
* "Central Minnesota Forage Council Report," by Dan Martens, U-M Extension educator in Stearns, Benton and Morrison County.
* "Midwest Forage Association Discussion on current projects and issues," by MFA staff.
A lunch break will provide time to visit with exhibitors, speakers and neighbors. There will be samples of shredlage processed corn silage to take a look at; and preserved samples of oats, Austrian peas, and tillage radish material sampled from cover crop demonstration sites in the fall.
Topic after lunch include:
* "Alfalfa Nitrogen Credits: Progress on Field-Specific Recommendations," by Michael Russelle, U-M and USDA ag research. Russelle talked on this topic in Royalton in 2009 at the beginning of this research project. This presentation will provide an update. Some of the field trials were done in Stearns and Morrison Counties. Soil type and weather factors are significant issues in making nitrogen decisions for corn following alfalfa.
* "Cover Crops Related to Forage Production," by Jim Paulson, U-M. Serious alfalfa kill and delayed and prevented planting in the spring of 2013 prompted farmers to look at cover crops and alternative forage crops while farmers with cattle still looked for ways to produce feed.
* "Shredlage Corn Silage Panel Discussion," with Regional Extension dairy educator Jim Salfer and dairy farmers Myron and Brent Czech.
* "Open Forum" based on audience questions and discussion items.
Pre-registration by January 24 is $25, or $30 on-site with a $10 discount with each membership paid for 2014. Anyone with an interest is encouraged to attend, whether members or not. Memberships can be paid at the meeting with registration.
Pre-register by calling the Midwest Forage Office at 651-484-3888.
Workshops in Floodwood and Caledonia will be similar.
The workshops are a cooperative effort of the Midwest Forage Association, the Central MN Forage Council and other local councils, UM Extension and agribusiness sponsors.
Special thanks to Helena Chemical of Royalton for sponsoring facility use at the American Legion.