A farmer-focused event will provide sessions to help improve alfalfa and forage production to increase quality and profitability.

The Wyoming Forge Field Day is May 30 in Powell with the focus on alfalfa production from seed to harvest.

“This is a great opportunity for producers to have individual conversations with leading researchers and forage expertise,” said Jeremiah Vardiman, northwest area agriculture and horticulture educator with University of Wyoming Extension.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with refreshments followed by a welcome at 8:30. Lunch is provided, but attendees need to RSVP by May 27.

Morning information sessions are at the Park County Fairgrounds, 655 E. 5th, and afternoon workshops are at the Powell Research and Extension Center.

The schedule includes the following:

8:45 a.m.—Optimizing alfalfa production and quality: From seed to harvest;

9:30—Alfalfa research in Wyoming;

9:45—New highly digestible alfalfas: An update;

10:10—Vendor show;

10:45—Irrigation management: System maintenance and economics;

11:10—Alfalfa Weevil Management Updates;

11:35—Utilizing forage soybeans for silage and haylage;

Noon to 1:10 p.m.—Lunch and vendor show;

1:10—Travel to PREC;

1:15 p.m.—PREC highlights;

1:20—Managing weeds in hay;

1:45—Fertility requirements for silage and field corn;

2:10—Center pivot management; and

2:35—Demonstration of insect scouting in alfalfa.

To RSVP, contact Vardiman at 307-754-8836 or jvardima@uwyo.edu, Extension forage specialist Anowar Islam at 307-766-4151 or mislam@uwyo.edu, or go to the registration site bit.ly/2019forageday.

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