Announcing the 2013 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium, December 11-12-13, 2013. This year the Cooperative Extension Services of AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY are sponsoring the Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium to be held in Reno, Nevada. This is a comprehensive conference covering all aspects of forage production including alfalfa and different hay crops, silages, economics, irrigation, and pest management. CE Credits offered. Stay tuned here for further information. click here
for details regarding exhibits and registration.
The 2012 California Forage & Grains Symposium was held Dec. 11-12 in Sacramento, with 550 registrants, 45 exhibitors, and 31 speakers. In-depth discussion of world-wide trends in alfalfa and small grain economics, fertilizer, pest management and water use issues, as well as 'how to' talks about alfalfa and wheat production were provided. Videos, Powerpoints, and proceedings papers of most of the presentations are provided below. A Western Alfalfa &Forage Symposium is planned for December 2013 in Reno Nevada—Stay tuned. Meanwhile, check out the videos of presentations below, and the proceedings from the 2012 conference.
A new 24-chapter publication designed to provide detailed, scientifically-based comprehensive information about the growth, production, management, and utilization of alfalfa grown under irrigation.
A recent analysis examines whether growing forages under controlled conditions with sprouted grains makes sense as a water-efficient forage production system. Click HERE
to see our Hydroponic Production Blog.
A special panel of growers, seed companies, export growers and organic activists was held December 13, 2011 at the Western Alfalfa & Forage Conference. Read the prepared papers below.
What are the Key Methods to Implement Coexistence between GE and non-GE alfalfa? (A Panel Discussion: Each panelist responds to a series of questions about GE alfalfa and coexistence with GE-Sensitive alfalfa hay or seed production.
Bill Simon, Simon Farms, Inc., Fairfield, ID (organic hay grower)
Phil Bowles, Bowles Farming, Inc., Los Banos, CA (Roundup-Ready and conventional hay grower, Chair, California Alfalfa & Forage Assoc.)
Chep Gauntt, Pasco, WA (Hay grower and Exporter, former Chair, Washington State Haygrowers Association)
Scott Emanuelli, Seed and Hay Grower, El Centro, CA (organic and conventional seed producer, and hay and seed exporter)
Mark McCaslin, CEO, Forage Genetics Int'l, Minneapolis, MN (developer of RR alfalfa, participant in USDA Coexistence talks)
Paul Frey, CEO, Cal West Seeds, Woodland, CA (Grower-owned Seed Production Cooperative, participant in USDA Coexistence talks)
Chuck Benbrook, The Organic Center, Boulder CO (organic advocate, participant in USDA Coexistence talks)
UC has a range of publications on Roundup-Ready Alfalfa. Please click here
for a full listing of those.