University of California Alfalfa & Forages
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Producing Quality Forages in the West
November 28th - November 30th, 2017 | Reno, NV

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Sponsors

The organizers of the 2017 California Alfalfa & Grains Conference wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the many sponsors of this year's conference.

  • HarvXtra Alfalfa
  • Bowles Farming Company
  • San Joaquin Valley Hay Growers
  • Western Ag Enterprises Inc.
  • America’s Alfalfa
  • Anderson Hay & Grain Co., Inc.
  • Audubon California
  • Farm Credit
  • Hay & Forage Grower
  • Penergetic Solutions
  • Progressive Forage Grower
  • Reinke
  • Sierra Testing Service
  • Toro Ag

Workshop

What is Forage Quality and How is it Managed in the Field?

Moderator: Shannon Mueller, University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno, CA Slides (PDF)
8:30 Definitions and Range of Variability for Hay Test Parameters Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID Video Slides (PDF)

8:55 Agronomic Influences on Forage Quality Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA; Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID, Shannon Mueller, UCCE Fresno County, Fresno, CA Video Slides (PDF)

9:45 Harvest Management: Cutting, Raking, Curing, Baling Wayne Coblentz, USDA‐DFRC, Madison, WI Video Slides (PDF)

10:20 DISCUSSION

Hay Quality Sampling and Principles of Forage Nutritive Value and Quality

Moderator: Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID
10:45 Recommended Hay Sampling Protocol Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA Video Slides (PDF)

11:15 How to Choose a Quality Testing Lab Mark Marsalis, New Mexico State University, Los Lunas, NM Video

11:30 Interpreting Hay Test Results from a Nutritionist’s Perspective Rick Norell, University of Idaho, Twin Falls, ID Video

12:00 DISCUSSION


Innovations in Forage Nutritive Value and Quality

Moderator: Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA
1:15 Innovations in Forage Digestibility Analyses/Changing Concepts of Forage Quality Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH Video

Demonstrations and Hands‐on Activities

1:45 Choice and Utilization of Hay Probes Dan Putnam, CA, and Jody Gale, UT Video

2:15 Interpreting Hay Test Results and Understanding the Effects of Moisture Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID; Rick Norell, University of Idaho, Twin Falls, ID; and and Juan Solomon, University of Nevada, Reno, NV Video

3:00 Visual/Subjective Evaluation of Hay Quality Mylen Bohle, Oregon State University, Prineville, OR; and Shannon Mueller, UCCE, Fresno, CA Video

3:30 Post‐harvest Storage Issues with Hay Quality Wayne Coblentz, USDA/DFRC, Madison, WI; and Steve Norberg, Washington State University, Pasco, WA Video

4:00 Wrap up, Discussion, Questions/Answers, Presentation of Certificates Video

4:30 ADJOURN


CONTINUING EDUCATION
The following CE credits have been approved. Please sign in/out of each session you attend to be eligible for credits. Sign in sheets will be provided in the meeting rooms of each qualifying session.

Certified Crop Advisor

  • 4.5 hours Soil & Water Management
  • 3.0 hours Integrated Pest Management
  • 8.5 hours Crop Management
  • 3.0 hours Professional Development

Pesticide CE Credits

  • Arizona: 2.5 hours
  • California: 4 hours
  • Oregon: 3 hours
  • Nevada: 4.5 hours
  • Montana: 4 hours
  • Idaho: 3 hours
  • Utah: 4.5 hours
  • Washington: 3.5 hours