2019 California Alfalfa & Forage Symposium
Optimizing Yield and Quality in Irrigated Forages
- This symposium was held November 19-21, 2019 at Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. It covered irrigation, economics, pest management, forage quality, and genetics.
Forage Irrigation Workshop
November 19th - November 21th, 2019 | Reno, NV
2019 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium, sponsored by the The UC California Alfalfa & Forage Systems Workgroup & Cooperative Extension Services of AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, UT, WA, WY.
Now in its 49th year, the symposium is planned each year by the California Alfalfa & Forage Systems Workgroup, made up of University of California Farm Advisors and Scientists in UC Cooperative Extension, along with grower and industry liaison members. The comprehensive conference covered many aspects of alfalfa, forage & grains management from economics to pest management, irrigation and utilization. Videos, papers, and slidesets related to the presentations have been posted below.
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Schedule of Events
DAY ONE - Tuesday, November 19th
8:30am-5:15pm FORAGE IRRIGATION WORKSHOP
Overview: Water and irrigation management is a key aspect of high yield, high quality alfalfa production. This one-day workshop is a primer on the skills necessary for managing irrigation on your farm for high quality forage production.
View Workshop Papers (PDF) & Videos
DAY TWO - Wednesday, November 20th
Forage Cropping Systems, Water and Environment
Moderator: Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID
8:00am Welcome William Payne, Dean, College of Agriculture, Biotechnology and Natural Resources, University of Nevada, Reno, NV Video
9:50am DISCUSSION Video
Economics and Industry Trends
Moderator: Earl Creech, Utah State University, Logan, UT
11:50am DISCUSSION Video
1:30pm-5:00pm SYMPOSIUM BREAKOUT SESSIONS - 2 sessions run concurrently
Breakout 1: Pest Management
Moderator: Rachael Long, Uuniversity of California Cooperative Extension, Woodland, CA and Sarah Light, University of California Cooperative Extension, Yuba City, CA
1:50pm Insecticide Resistance in Alfalfa Weevil and Related Implications for other Alfalfa Insect Pests Michael Rethwisch, University of California Cooperative Extension, Blythe, CA Video Slides (PDF)
DISCUSSION - Breakout 1 Video
DISCUSSION - Breakout 2 Video
Breakout 2: Grazing & Forages Beyond Alfalfa
Moderator: Steve Norberg, Washington State University, Pasco, WA and Mylen Bohle, Oregon State University, Prineville, OR
1:50pm Simulated Grazing Timing and Regrowth of Annual Cereal Forage Cover Crops Carmen Willmore, University of Idaho, Shoshone, ID Slides (PDF)
DISCUSSION - Breakout 2 Video
DAY THREE - Thursday, November 21th
FORAGE QUALITY MINI-SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION Co-Sponsored by NIRS Consortium & National Forage Testing Association
Session I: Why Forage Testing?
Moderator: Mike Trammel, Noble Research Institute, Ardmore, OK
DISCUSSION - Session 1 Video
Session II: Lab Testing and Sampling
Moderator: Juan Solomon, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
10:50am How to Choose a High Quality Laboratory & Common Abuses of Forage Quality Testing Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID Video
11:10am Standardization of Forage Testing and NFTA Certification Ralph Ward, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Waynesboro, PA Video
11:30am Misconceptions of NIRS Analysis Bobbi jo Anderson, NIRS Consortium, Hillsboro, WI Video
Session III: Interpretation of Lab Tests
Moderator: Dave Mickelson, S&W Seed, Arlington, WI
1:00pm Quantifying the Potential Increase in Alfalfa Value and Identifying Molecular Markets that Influence It Steve Norberg, Washington State University, Pasco, WA Video
1:20pm Importance of Dry Matter to Researchers and Producers David McIntosh, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN Video
1:40pm Future of Forage Testing: What will the Future Bring?
- Panel Discussion Moderated by Patty Laskowski Morren
- Bill Weiss, Ohio State University, Wooster, OH
- Ralph Ward, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services, Waynesboro, PA
- Dave Mertens, Mertens Innovation and Research, Belleville, WI
- Bobbi jo Anderson, NIRS Consortium, Hillsboro, WI
- David Weakley, Forage Genetics International, Gray Summit, MO