University of California Alfalfa & Forages
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Forage Irrigation Workshop
November 16-17-18, 2021
Grand Sierra Resort and Hotel | Reno, NV
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Sponsors

The organizers of the 2021 California Alfalfa & Grains Conference wish to express their heartfelt thanks to the many sponsors of this year's conference.

Organized by:

University Cooperative Extension Services of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, in cooperation with grower members of the California Alfalfa & Forage Association.

Hosted by:

California Alfalfa & Forage Association, representing thousands of California forage growers.

Symposium Chairs:

Dan Putnam, University of California, Earl Creech, Utah State University, Emily Meccage, Forage Genetics International

Schedule of Events


Monday, November 15, 2021

6:00pm-9:00pm Symposium and Exhibitor Registration

DAY ONE - Tuesday, November 16, 2021


6:30am-7:00pm Symposium and Exhibitor Registration
7:30am-7:55am Continental Breakfast (Tour Participants Only)
8:00am-4:00pm Exhibitor/Poster Set-Up

8:00am-5:00pm Agricultural Educational Tour in Northern Nevada Overview: Tour stops will include a large western dairy production operation, a specialized goat dairy, Frey Ranch Distillery, the Derby Dam and Newslands Water Project, and a hay export operation. Pre-registration is required. Bus departs promptly at 8:00 a.m.
5:00pm-7:00pm Symposium Welcome Reception Hors D’oeuvres and No Host Cocktails, Exhibits Open, and Posters on Display

DAY TWO - Wednesday, November 17


6:30am-7:00pm Symposium Registration
7:00am-8:30am Continental Breakfast

7:00am-7:00pm Exhibits Open/Posters on Display

8:00am-12:00pm Symposium Main Session

8:00am Welcome Maninder K. Walia, University of Nevada, Reno, NV

Session I. 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Economics, Dairy, Trade, and Water Trends
(Moderator: David Hannaway, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR)

8:10am Status of the Western Forage Industry Josh Callen, The Hoyt Report, Twin Falls, ID
8:35am Current Trends and Challenges for the Western Dairy Industry Paul Sousa, Western United Dairies, Turlock, CA
9:00am International Trade Dynamics in Hay and Impacts on Markets Dan Sumner, University of California, Davis, CA
9:25am Water Situation in West and Impacts on Forages Jason Kelley, USDA-ARS, Parlier, CA
9:50am Discussion
10:00amBreak


Session II. 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Water, Climate Change, and the Environment
(Moderator: Juan Solomon, University of Nevada, Reno, NV)

10:30am The Important Role of Alfalfa in an Uncertain Water Future Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA
10:55am Key Role of Forages in Climate-Smart Agriculture Josh Gamble, USDA-ARS, St. Paul, MN
11:20am Rethinking Methane – Livestock’s Path to Climate Neutrality Frank Mitloener, University of California, Davis, CA
11:45am Discussion
12:00pm-1:00pm Symposium Lunch

Why Forage Statistics? Gary R. Keough, USDA, National Agricultural Statistics Service Presentation of the Jim Kuhn Leadership Award Brandon Fawaz, California Alfalfa & Forage Association Chairman
12:00pm-1:00pm Symposium Breakout Sessions – Two Sessions Run Concurrently

 

Session III. 1:30 pm-3:00pm (concurrent: Pest Management (Weeds and Rodents)
(Moderator: Tom Getts, University of California Cooperative Extension, Susanville, CA)

1:30pm Burn-Down Strategies for Alfalfa Weed Control Earl Creech, Utah State University, Logan, UT
1:50pm Residual and Postemergence Weed Control in Seedling Alfalfa Albert Adjesiwor, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
2:10pm Toxic Plants that Contaminate Hay and Other Forages in the Western United States Bryan L. Stegelmeier, USDA-ARS, Logan, UT
2:30pm Managing Pocket Gophers in Alfalfa Roger Baldwin, University of California, Davis, CA
2:50pm Discussion
3:00pm Break

Session IV. 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (concurrent): Pest Management (Insects)
(Moderator: Ayman Mostafa, University of Arizona, Phoenix, AZ)

3:30pm Grasshoppers: To Treat or Not to Treat? Greg Abbot, USDA-APHIS, Logan, Utah
3:50pm Alfalfa Weevil Management & Resistance Issues Ian Grettenberger, University of California, Davis, CA and Kevin Wanner, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
4:10pm Blue Alfalfa Aphids in the Western US - Management Challenges and
Successes Vary by Location
Michael Rethwisch, University of California Cooperative Extension, Blythe, CA
4:30pm Using Drones to Control Pests in Alfalfa Rachael Long, UCCE, Woodland, CA and Ken Giles, University of California, Davis, CA
4:50pm Discussion

Session V. 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (concurrent): Water Management
(Moderator: Leonard Lauriault, New Mexico State University, Tucumcari, NM)

1:30pm Innovative Technologies for Water Conservation in Flood Irrigation Systems Khaled Bali, University of California, Kearney Research and Extension Center, Parlier, CA
1:50pm Optimizing Overhead Irrigation Systems Matt Yost, Utah State University, Logan, UT
2:10pm Alfalfa on Subsurface Drip Irrigation (SDI) – Pros and Cons Doug Larson, Ag Water Chemical, Fresno, CA
2:30pm Alfalfa and Groundwater Management Strategies to Address Drought and Limited Water Supplies Rachael Long, UCCE, Woodland, CA and Ken Giles, University of California, Davis, CA
2:50pm Discussion
3:00pm Break

Session VI. 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (concurrent): Alternative Forages
(Moderator: Anowarul Islam, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY)

3:30pm Sugar Beets and Safflower as Alternative Winter Forages Steve Kaffka, University of California, Davis, CA
3:50pm Double Cropping Both Winter and Spring Canola as Silage and Grain Steve Fransen, Washington State University, Prosser, WA
4:10pm Hemp Production and Animal Feed Potential Serkan Ates, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
4:30pm Winter and Summer Annual Small Grain Forage Crops Guojie Wang, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR
4:50pm Discussion
5:00pm-7:00pm Exhibit Reception, Poster Presentations, and CAFRF Auction Hors D’oeuvres and No Host Cocktails, Exhibits Open, and Posters on Display

DAY THREE - Thursday, November 18, 2021


7:00am-12:15pm Symposium Registration
7:00am-10:00am Exhibits Open/Posters on Display
7:00am-8:30am Continental Breakfast

8:00am-12:15pm Main Session

Session VII. 8:00 a.m. – 9:55 a.m. Soil Health and Fertility, Forage Systems, and Environment
(Moderator: Rachael Long, University of California Cooperative Extension, Woodland, CA)

8:00am Using Hay Tests Samples to Maximize Economic Returns from P and K Fertilization Steve Norberg, Washington State University, Pasco, WA
8:25am Recycling and Management of Manure in Forage Crops Eric Young, USDA-ARS, Marshfield, WI
8:50am Soil Health: Beyond Organic Matter and Carbon Robert Dungan, USDA-ARS Kimberly, ID
9:15am Regeneration Nation: Alfalfa’s Role in Sustainable Agriculture Emily Meccage, Forage Genetics International, Muncy, PA
9:40m Discussion
9:55 Break

Session VIII. 10:25 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.Grazing Forages, Nitrates, Future of Forages
(Moderators: Don Miller, Corteva, Inc., Nampa, ID, and Emily Meccage, FGI, Muncy, PA)

10:25am Grazing Cover Crops and Opportunity for Forage Producers Sam Wyffels, Montana State University, Havre, MT
10:50am Management of Forages with High Nitrates Hayes Goosey, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
11:15am Historical Perspectives and Future of Forages Robert Dungan, USDA-ARS Kimberly, ID
9:15am Regeneration Nation: Alfalfa’s Role in Sustainable Agriculture Moderator: Emily Meccage, FGI, Muncy, PA Panel: Mylen Bohle, Oregon State University; Steve Fransen, Washington State University; Mike Ottman, University of Arizona; Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho; Don Miller, Corteva, Inc., Nampa, ID; Dan Putnam, UC Davis.
12:15pm Adjourn Symposium