“Improving Your Odds of Profitability” is the theme for this year’s Western Alfalfa and Forage Conference, Dec. 2-4, in Reno, Nev.

To salvage profitability though these tough times, alfalfa growers, pest control advisers, crop consultants and the industry as a whole are scrambling for every trick in the book, says University of California cooperative extension field crops farm advisor Steve Orloff, the conference program chair. “It’s more important now than ever for producers and others in the alfalfa industry to gather the latest research and market information at this annual gathering.”

The conference is sponsored by the Cooperative Extension services of California, Nevada, Idaho, Oregon, Arizona and Washington. Presentations specifically tailored to improving industry profitability include:

  • Reducing inputs to improve profits: Good idea or bad idea? 
  • Adapting cutting management to market conditions.
  • Marketing your hay in a low-price year.
  • Surviving difficult times: Lessons learned from those who have and have not.

In addition, the conference will cover a wide range of topics related to alfalfa and forage crop production, economics, pest management and irrigation. Other issues to be addressed include: industry trends, bioenergy crops, alternative forage crops such as teff, water and drought issues, alfalfa advances being made with biotechnology, and a special session on innovations from the alfalfa industry.

There will also be a hands-on diagnostic workshop on Dec. 2. Small groups of participants will rotate through stations about soils and fertilizers, diseases and nematodes, weed identification and management, and insect identification and integrated pest management.

Click here to register or for more information.

Source: eXtension.org