Forage Crops Field Day

Date: October 18, 2013
Time: 1 - 5 p.m.
Location: Kellogg Biological Station
Contact: Misty Klotz, klotzmis@msu.edu, 269-671-2402.

The W.K. Kellogg Biological Station field day on “Extending the Grazing Season with Forage Crops” is for farmers, consultants, educators and industry professionals with a desire to learn, discuss or exchange ideas about efficient planning and management of forage crops and cover crop mixtures in pasture-based farms. This event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 18, 2013 from 1 to 5 p.m. at Michigan State University’s W. K. Kellogg Biological Station Pasture Dairy Center near Hickory Corners, Mich.  

Field and classroom instruction will be used to inform about recent MSU research on the agronomic value of different forage crops, varying approaches to extending the grazing season, and opportunities for cover crops grazing.

  • MSU Extension Grazing Educator Jerry Lindquist will speak on how wheat, corn or bean stubble can be planted to fall-season cover crops and grazed by ruminant animals to improve soil organic matter, soil quality, and lower feed costs.
  • Kim Cassida, MSU Forage Specialist, will discuss the agronomic pros and cons of forage brassica species and varieties for different cover cropping and grazing management systems. Forage brassicas can provide high quality grazing for sheep and cattle as well as cover crop benefits in crop rotations. 
  • MSU Small Ruminant Extension Specialist Richard Ehrhardt will discuss how sudan and sorghum hybrids work as grazed forage and how they compare to other annual forage options in terms of management, yield and quality.
  • Santiago Utsumi, Assistant Professor of Animal Science and KBS, will lead a field tour of forage rape being grazed with dairy heifers and discuss opportunities and challenges for the use of high yielding forage rape varieties as a single or double crop in pasture-based systems. Finally, Gerry Davis of Byron Seeds LLC and John Snider of PGG Seeds will give industry perspectives of forage crops for the upper Midwest.

There is no fee to attend. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, Oc. 16, 2013. To register, contact Misty Klotz by email klotzmis@msu.edu or phone 269-671-2402. Learn more about the KBS Pasture Dairy by visiting pasturedairy.kbs.msu.edu.

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