This is the time of year when the minds of cattlemen race back and forth between providing winter nutrition for livestock herds and making sure that pastures will be in the best condition for spring calving season.
A good place to gain the latest research knowledge is coming up at the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council's Winter Conference and annual meeting on Dec. 15 at Kansas Farm Bureau Headquarters in Manhattan.
Registration begins at 9 a.m. with a Welcome and National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance Update starting the day off at 9:30 a.m.; followed by several breakout sessions covering an assortment of alfalfa, forage production and grazing management issues presented by university and industry forage and livestock experts.
“We’re excited about this year’s conference,” said Roger Black, KSFGC President and Cowley County hay producer. “Forage production is the backbone of our state’s livestock industry and this conference brings together both Kansas State University and forage industry experts to deliver a great educational opportunity for farmers and ranchers. Dr. Doohong Min, KSU Forage Research Specialist, will be our keynote speaker, providing an update of his work involving low-lignin alfalfa, alfalfa cutting management, planting alfalfa with cover crops, and teff as an alternative summer annual forage in Kansas. Truly, there’s something for every forage producer at this year’s conference.”
Other breakout topics include: Hay Market Update; Old World Bluestem Management; Alfalfa Insect Control; Utilizing Cover Crops as Forage; Alfalfa Breeding: GMO vs. Non-GMO; Hay Contracts, Sales and Liability; Forage Testing 101; and Forage Research: Past, Present and Future Directions. The full agenda is available on the KSFGC website, www.ksfgc.org.
Individual Conference Registration is $65 in advance ($85 at the door) and includes lunch, a conference proceedings and 2016 KSFGC membership. Additional registration information for businesses, vendors, and forage industry supporters can be found on the KSFGC website. To register go to www.ksfgc.org and complete and send the registration form, along with the appropriate fee payable to KSFGC, 1228 Westloop Place, PMB #144, Manhattan, KS 66502-2840; Or simply register online at www.ksfgc.org.
The Kansas Forage and Grassland Council serves as an umbrella organization providing education and programs to strengthen the forage industry in Kansas. www.ksfgc.org
Source: Kansas Forage and Grassland Council