Spring Forage Field Day on April 20

Friday, April 7, 2017

The annual Spring Forage Field Day will be held at the Middle Tennessee Research and Education Center located in Spring Hill. This event will be on April 20, 2017 and starts at 4:00 p.m. Availability and quality of forage is of high importance to all producers in Middle Tennessee. Pastures and hay production serve as the primary forage consumption by livestock. This field day will focus on improving the practices implemented on-farm to increase the quality of forage production.

There are three main topics on the program this year. After the drought we had in 2017, weed control will be an important consideration in pastures and hayfields. There will be demonstration of different herbicides effects on cool season weeds. Presenters will also go over warm season weed control options. A second demonstration that has been planned is plots of different winter annual grass varieties that participants will get to visually compare. Warm season annual grass options will also be discussed. Lastly, the folks at Tri-Green will be demonstrating the latest equipment in making grass baleage. The process to making baleage is similar to haymaking except that grass is baled at higher moisture and wrapped in plastic and then allowed to “pickle” in the bale. This process is a little more expensive than haymaking but forage can be harvested quicker when there is a threat of rain and allows producers to harvest forage when it is at its highest quality.

This program is free to the public. A meal will be provided but participants need to register in advance. The deadline to register is April 13th. For more information or to register, contact the UT Extension Marshall County Office at (931) 359-1929. This program, like all UT Extension programs, is open to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, disability or veteran status.