By Richard C. Snell.
Barton County Extension Agriculture Agent.
Stockers, feeders and calves seem to be where the money is right now in agriculture.
Nearly everyone knows that the more grazed forage you can produce, without having the cost of labor and equipment for baling and equipment or purchasing feed, will increase that profit line.
On Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10:30 a.m. until noon, there will be a small grain forage demonstration, at Hays, for producers who have interest in rye, wheat or triticale as a forage. It will be held one mile west of the Fort Hays Municipal Golf Course, on Golf Course Road, just southwest of Hays.
In recent years, it has been tough to make any money on wheat as a grain crop. Carlyle Thompson, soil scientist, at K-State's Research Center, at Hays, may be able to provide some alternatives for livestock producers. "There are numerous differences we have been seeing in small grain forages that farmers need to be aware of," Thompson said.
These differences include emergence, plant biomass, growth pattern, planting date and more. Information has been gathered for several years, from numerous studies conducted at the Hays Research Center. They have studied up to 49 small grain forages, such as rye, wheat and triticale. This information has helped develop useful management strategies for producers. Hopefully, farmers can fit these into their individual farming operations.
There is no fee for the event. Lunch will be provided to those who make reservations by Nov. 6. To make reservations, call 785-625-3425, ext. 211 or ext. 201.