Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium to Feature Irrigation Workshop, Pest Management, and Forage Quality Mini-Symposium

Oct 28, 2019

Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium to Feature Irrigation Workshop, Pest Management, and Forage Quality Mini-Symposium

Oct 28, 2019

How about a trip to beautiful Reno with >500 of your closest friends?   Please join us for the

2019 Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium

Optimizing Yield and Quality in Irrigated Forages

19-21 November, 2019, Grand Sierra Hotel, Reno, NV

CE Units Provided (24 units CCA, 3 units PCA)

Early-Bird Registration will close Nov. 8 for this comprehensive program which features 62 speakers, 70 exhibitors, and will feature student poster sessions and an auction.

For a complete link to the program and registration/exhibitor information, please see: California Alfalfa & Forage Workgroup.

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Irrigation Management, Forage Quality and Pest Management are some of the many topics covered in this comprehensive Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium.

This program was organized by Cooperative Extension Specialists and Farmers from 11 states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming).

This year we feature several important areas of emphasis: Irrigation Workshop, Pest Management, Systems, Alternative Forages, and a ‘Forage Quality Mini-Symposium' on the last day.

Here are some of the Highlights:

Day One – Tuesday, November 19, FORAGE IRRIGATION WORKSHOP: This one-day workshop provides many of the basics of irrigation management for forage crops.

  • Importance of Irrigation Management in Forage Crops
  • What is ET and How to Measure?
  • Soil Mositure Monitoring
  • Irrigation Scheduling
  • Fertigation and Use of Degraded Waters
  • Salinity Management
  • Deficit Irrigation of Alfalfa
  • Analysis of Sprinkler Systems
  • LEPA/LESA and Mobile Drip
  • Variable Rate Irrigation
  • Surface Irrigation Systems Design
  • Automation of Furrow and Flood Irrigation
  • Comparing Systems on-Farm
  • Drip Irrigation Systems in Alfalfa
  • Management of SDI on-Farm
  • Innovations from Companies in Irrigation Management

5:00pm-7:00pm SYMPOSIUM WELCOME RECEPTION Hors D'oeuvres and No Host Cocktails, Exhibits Open, Posters on Display

Day Two – Wednesday, November 20, MAIN SESSION: ECONOMICS, WATER, PEST MANAGEMENT, FORAGE SYSTEMS & ALTERNATIVE FORAGES: This features an array of topics on the environment, economic trends, pest management and alternative forages.

  • Climate Change and Forage Production in Western States
  • Alfalfa Rotation Studies with Alfalfa, Small Grains, Corn
  • Benefits of Alfalfa in Rotations
  • Snake River Aquifer Groundwater Recharge
  • Alfalfa for Groundwater Recharge
  • Hay Industry Trends
  • Western Dairy Trends
  • World Trends in Exports
  • Key Issues for Hay Exporters

SYMPOSIUM BANQUET LUNCH

  • Control of Rodents Using Drones
  • Managing Beldings Ground Squirrels
  • Managing Weeds in Alfalfa
  • Glyphosate Injury in Roundup Ready Alfalfa
  • Clvoer Rood Cuculio
  • Insect Resistance in Alfalfa Weevil
  • IPM Program for Alfalfa Winter Pests in Deserts
  • Sugarcane ApHid and Control Strategies
  • Grazing Techniques on 7.2 Million Acres of alfalfa in Argentina
  • Simulated Grazing Timing of Annual Cereals
  • Optimizing Management of Small grain Forages
  • Management of N in Timothy
  • Tef As a Forage Crop
  • Rhodes Grass as an Alternative Forage
  • Corn and Sorghum Forages: Water and N Implications
  • Utilization of Sugarbeet as a Forage

5:00pm-7:00pm SYMPOSIUM RECEPTION Hors D'oeuvres and No Host Cocktails, Exhibits Open, Posters on Display. 6:00 PM CALIFORNIA ALFALFA & FORAGE ASSOCIATION LIVE AUCTION

Day Three – Thursday, November 21, MAIN SESSION-FORAGE QUALITY MINI-SYMPOSIUM This is an event co-sponsored by the NIRS consortium and the Forage Testing Association

  • Linkage of Testing with Markets
  • Horse Nutritional Requirements and Testing
  • Importance of Fiber and Fiber Digestibility
  • Representing the Value of Energy, Protein, and Fiber in Feedstuffs
  • Key Hay Sampling Protocols
  • How to Choose an High-Quality Testing Lab
  • Standardization of Forage Testing and NFTA Certification
  • Misconceptions of NIRS Analysis
  • Multi-State Analysis of Forage Quality
  • Importance of Dry Matter Analysis
  • Future of Forage Testing 

3:00pm ADJOURN SYMPOSIUM

See the complete Program HERE and Register for the program, hotel, and exhibitors HERE.

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By Daniel H Putnam
Author - Cooperative Extension Specialist, Agronomist in the AES
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