Ohio State sets hay production school
Drought conditions in some Western states and higher overall demand for hay exports will likely result in stronger markets for hay this year, industry experts say.
So producers may want to attend a daylong course to ensure they are aware of the most up-to-date techniques for quality hay production this season, according to a forage expert with Ohio State University’s College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.
Producers can take advantage of a hay production school April 16 designed to help them learn techniques including best fertility practices and general hay management guidelines, said David Marrison, an Ohio State University Extension educator. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of the college.
Other topics will also be discussed, including:
• Hay cutting management.
• Hay sampling and testing procedures.
• Weed identification.
• Forage selection.
• Hay renovation.
• Forage species identification.
In addition to classroom experience, participants will also take part in a hay field diagnostic walk at Honkonen Farm south of Jefferson, he said.
The program is from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 39 Wall St. in Jefferson, Ohio. Registration for the workshop is $20 and includes the program, handouts and lunch. Checks should be made payable to OSU Extension and mailed to OSU Extension, 39 Wall St., Jefferson, Ohio 44047.
The deadline to register is April 7. For more information about the event, including registration, contact Marrison at firstname.lastname@example.org or 440-576-9008, ext. 106.
Midwest farmers invited to ‘Start2Farm Together’ conference
The Start2Farm Together Conference will be held Apr. 15-16, bringing together beginning farmer and rancher educators and service providers to share resources and best practices. The conference will be held at the Illinois Farm Bureau Auditorium, in Bloomington, Ill.
Start2Farm Together is funded through a grant from the USDA-National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s (NIFA) Beginning Farming and Ranching Development Program and was developed to assist people new to farming or ranching and those who have less than 10 years of experience. For more information, click here.
A $25 registration fee includes the conference and two lunch meals. For registration, visit the website link.
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