BROOKINGS, S.D. - SDSU Southeast Research Station will host the Forage Fiesta Field Day Aug. 24, 2017 (29974 University Road Beresford). The event begins at 9:30 a.m. with registration and run till approximately 3:30 p.m.
During the Forage Fiesta Field Day topics will include alfalfa, cover crops, grass and more.
"This is day provides hands-on educational opportunities to the public, consultants, and extension professionals regarding the utilization of various cover crops, grazing systems, and alfalfa varieties," said Tracey Erickson, SDSU Extension Dairy Field Specialist.
To help cover costs, early registration is $20 per person until August 18, 2017 and then increase to $25 per person after that. Lunch and refreshments are included with the registration fee. To register, visit the iGrow events page.
Along with Erickson, this event's organizing committee is made up of Sara Berg, SDSU Extension Agronomy Field Specialist; Taylor Grussing, SDSU Extension Cow/Calf Field Specialist and Karla Hernandez, SDSU Extension Forages Field Specialist.
9:30 a.m. Registration
10 a.m. Welcome & Introductions
10:05 a.m. When & How to Plant Forages: Planting timing, methods & management
10:45 a.m. Forage Variety Selection: What we've learned through trials about selection, production and quality
11:30 a.m. Harvest Management and Forage Analysis Implementation and interpretation of forage quality tools and results
12:15 p.m. Lunch & Sponsor Networking
1:15 p.m. When to Graze What Season vs. year-round grazing forages
1:45 p.m. Cover Crop Identification & Grazing Plots
2:15 p.m. View Alternative Forage Plots Cover crops including triticale, rye, forage sorghum and more
2:45 p.m. Refreshment Break
3 p.m. Economics of Raising High Quality Forage, Crops and Animals
3:30 p.m. Wrap Up, Questions, Evaluation
Due to road construction, please seek alternate routes. From I-29: Take Exit 47. Take Hwy. 46 west to Greenfield Road, turn south and go 3 miles to 300th street, then go west 3 miles and turn north on University Road. The farm will be the first place on the east side of University Road.