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U of M Forage Day, Rescheduled U of M Forage Day, Rescheduled for March 28 - Caledonia (03/15/2006)
by Jerrold Tesmer

The University of Minnesota Forage Day in Caledonia, MN, postponed on February 16 due to the snowstorm, has been rescheduled for Tuesday March 28, 10:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Good Times Restaurant. The program topics will be the same as originally scheduled. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The cost is $30/person, with $15 per additional person from same farm. The fee includes the Alfalfa Management Guide (one/farm), educational materials, refreshments and meal.

The program topics and presenters are as follows:

Welcome by Jerry Tesmer, Fillmore/Houston/Winona Extension Technical Advisor

What's New with Roundup Ready Alfalfa by Craig Sheaffer, U of MN Forage Agronomist. Discussion on economics, prescribed first season use and weed control strategies with Roundup Ready alfalfa.

Seeding Grasses with Alfalfa: Why, What, and How by Paul Peterson, U of MN Extension Forage Agronomist. Discussion on research conducted on mixtures that can fit SE MN farming practices.

Capitalizing on Forage Legume N-Fixation in Rotations by Craig Sheaffer. Take full credit for the nutrient and economic contribution forages provide to your crop system and farm budget.

Equipment Strategies to Speed Hay and Haylage Drying by Ron Schuler, U of WI Ag. Engineer. Discussion includes mower-conditioner adjustments to speed drying, machinery aspects of wide vs. narrow swaths.

SE MN Forage Council and MFA Update by Dan Miller, President, and Amy Kadrmas, MFA Communications Director.

Reducing Silage Shrinkage and Spoilage by Neil Broadwater, U of MN Regional Extension Educator - Dairy. Silage losses should be under 10%, although on some farms, they are as high as 25% and more. Learn management practices to preserve harvested high quality forage and to reduce silage shrinkage.

Interpreting and Using Modern Forage Tests - Do Cows Really Care? by Mary Raeth-Knight, U of M Assistant Scientist, Dairy Nutrition. Getting the most from your forage analysis and what this means to your livestock.

Adjusting Corn Silage Harvesters for Better Silage by Ron Schuler. How to do it and why it's important to set equipment correctly for proper for crop processing

The program is sponsored by the U of M Extension Service; Houston/Fillmore/Winona County Extension Services; Regional Extension Center at Rochester; SE MN Forage Council, and Houston County Forage and Grassland Council.

For more information contact Lisa Behnken or Neil Broadwater at 888-241-4536 or Jerry Tesmer, 507-725-5807 or 507-765-3896. 


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