USU Extension co-sponsors Utah Hay and Forage Symposium

Registration is open for the 2015 Utah Hay and Forage Symposium set for January 29-30, sponsored by Utah State University Extension and the Utah Farm Bureau. Meetings will be held at the Lexington Conference Center in St. George.

The two-day symposium features sessions Thursday on managing nutrients, crop rotation, economics and marketing. Friday’s topics are alfalfa quality and pest management.

“We have a slate of excellent speakers coming from all over the country to discuss critical issues in hay and forage production,” said Earl Creech, USU assistant professor of plant science and Extension agronomist. “Hay and forage production are the cornerstones of production agriculture in Utah. It supports the state’s strong livestock industry and is shipped to surrounding states and even abroad.”

The event begins with an optional workshop the morning of January 29, prior to the symposium. Participants will be in small groups to allow hands-on experience with the workshop topics, including: testing for GMO alfalfa; seeds, rhizobium and nitrogen fixation; insects and nematodes; and herbicide injury. Enrollment in the pre-symposium workshop is limited to the first 75 registrants.

Participants may register for one or both days, and there is a discount for registration received by January 9. Registration can be completed by contacting the Utah Farm Bureau at 801-233-3011.

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