Workshop to focus on forage management, drought

August 7, 2012  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue Extension workshop will focus largely on helping forage and livestock producers manage the 2012 drought.

The Forage Management Workshop is 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 6 at the Purdue Agronomy Center for Research and Education, 4540 U.S. 52, West Lafayette. The annual workshop typically focuses on general forage management topics, but organizers made a shift in this year's program to account for the extreme heat and drought plaguing Indiana.

"There will be several drought highlights, including presentations about seeding emergency crops, alternative livestock feeds, double crop forages and silage," said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist.

It will cover a variety of management practices for droughty pastures, alternative feeds, damaged forage stands and soil cover.

Topics are:

* "Doing a Better Job with Seeding Equipment" by Patrick Murphy, Purdue assistant professor of agricultural and biological engineering.

* "Seeding Emergency Crops into Droughty Pasture - Does it Work?" by Greg Downing of CISCO Seeds and Dennis Brown of Byron Seed Supply.

* "Crop Residues as a Feed" by Ron Lemenager, Purdue Extension beef specialist.

* "Dealing with Problematic Weeds in Forages" by Bill Johnson, Purdue Extension weed scientist.

* "Keeping the Soil Covered Following Corn Silage Harvest" by Robert Zupancic of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

* "Double Crop Forage Options" by John McMillan, Purdue Agronomy graduate student.

* "Assessing Forage Stands - Worth Keeping?" by Keith Johnson.

Organizers have applied for continuing certification hours for Indiana commercial pesticide applicators, and continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers.

Registration is $110 per person. More information and registration materials are available at

Writer: Jennifer Stewart, 765-494-6682,

Source: Keith Johnson, 765-494-4800,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Keith Robinson,
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