Corn silage expert to speak at Michigan Forage and Grazing Conference

Dr. Limin Kung, University of Delaware dairy specialist, will speak on the art and science of optimum silage during the March 7-8 Michigan Forage and Grazing conference.

Forage producers using corn silage as one of the components for their livestock feeding program will be able to hear one of the premier experts in the United States speak on the art and science of optimum silage. Dr. Limin Kung, S. Hallock du Pont Professor of animal and food sciences at the University of Delaware, will be one of the keynote speakers during the Michigan Forage and Grazing Conference.

The conference is scheduled for March 7-8 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, located on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Mich. The two-day conference is an outgrowth of the Michigan Forage Technology Conference that has been held during ANR Week the past several years. A trade show will be held concurrently during the conference. Conference planners wanted to have a balanced slate of speakers that address the aspects of forage production including dry hay, alfalfa haylage and corn silage, as well as addressing the critical issues associated with grazing in Michigan.

Michigan currently has 2.5 million acres of corn grown annually (USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service). Of the corn acres grown, approximately 302,500 (12.1 percent) are grown for corn silage and fed primarily to dairy and beef livestock compared to approximately 270,000 (27 percent) acres of all hay.

For more registration information, a detailed agenda, and a description of the 2012 Michigan Forage and Grazing Conference, go to MSU Extension Osceola County’s webpage. Late registration fees will be added after March 1, so register early to get the best rate for your farm or business.