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Forage, grassland conference set for Oct. 31 in Conway

10/4/2013 at 11:47 a.m.

From the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture:

Hog traps, brassicas and GPS management are among the topics for “Tricks and Treats for Forages,” the 2013 Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council conference Oct. 31 at Conway.

The event runs from 8:30-4 p.m. Cost is $45 per person, $50 per couple or $15 for students and includes lunch, conference materials and membership in the Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council. It will be held at the Woodland Heights Baptist Church Education Building at 4215 Prince St.

“All forage producers can use new information to improve their operations or to prevent new problems,” said John Jennings, professor-forage for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Topics will be covered by nationally known speakers and long-time experts. Speakers from Texas A&M and the University of Missouri will talk about improving forage management both on the grazing and hay sides.

“Our experts will discuss myths, facts, and practicality of grazing management, the actual cost of harvesting hay, and studies on which hay feeding methods work best,” he said. “An expert entomologist from the University of Arkansas will talk a new insect pest of bermudagrass that has been discovered in Arkansas.”

Breakout sessions in the afternoon will cover control of feral hogs, including a demonstration of a hog trap, new research for more grazing in south Arkansas, and tips and experiences for planting and grazing forage brassicas. The afternoon session will feature a producer panel on new technology of using GPS navigation systems for forage management. These systems are not just for row crop farms anymore, but are useful for a wide range of forage management practices.

Registration before the event is encouraged to help with planning but isn’t required. For more information about the conference or to pre-register, call Kim Fryer at 501-671-2171 or contact any AFGC board member.

The agenda following 8:30 a.m. registration and a 9 a.m. welcome:
  • 9:15 - Myths, facts, and practicality of grazing management
  • 10 a.m. - How much does hay really cost?
  • 11 a.m. - New insect pest found in bermudagrass
  • 11:30 a.m. - Reducing hay waste during winter feeding
  • Noon - Lunch / Vendors / AFGC Business meeting
  • 1 p.m. - Arkansas Market Maker program
  • 1:15-3:00 p.m. - Breakout Sessions (attend any session - breakouts will be repeated)
    • Session 1. Wildlife: Controlling Feral Hogs / Wildlife Programs to Assist Landowners
    • Session 2. Research: 300 Days Grazing Research for Southern Arkansas
    • Session 3. Forages: Tips for grazing forage brassicas
  • 3:15 - Producers Panel: How to use GPS navigation units to improve forage operations.
  • 4 p.m. - Closing comments /Door prizes.

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