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Wyoming Forage Field Day July 10 at Farson

A product demonstration at last year's forage field day near Lingle.

A product demonstration at last year’s forage field day near Lingle.

Alfalfa establishment, weed management and marketing options are among topics addressed during a morning of sessions at the Wyoming Forage Field Day Thursday, July 10, at Farson.

Activities are at the Eden Valley Community Center, 4039 Highway 191.

Forage contributed $379 million to Wyoming’s agricultural economy in 2012, said Anowar Islam, UW Extension forage specialist.

“That far exceeds sugar beets ($67 million) and corn, dry beans, barley and wheat,” said Islam, drawing from the 2013 Wyoming Agriculture Statistics publication. “There are some issues that affect that contribution. They include low productivity, poor stand establishment and poor persistence.”

Islam will facilitate the forage production and management sessions, and Donn Randall, program manager, Wyoming Business Council Agribusiness Division, will facilitate marketing sessions. Local machinery dealers will display and demonstrate equipment.

The workshops are free. The schedule is:

8:30 a.m. – Registration, welcome, program overview

9 a.m. – “Forage Establishment,” Islam

9:30 a.m. – “Forage Fertility: Improving Your Bottom Line,” Joe Brummer, Colorado State University Extension forage specialist

10 a.m. – “Weed Management in Hay Fields,” Andrew Kniss, UW associate professor specializing in weed science

10:30 a.m. – “Lander Alfalfa, Laramie Annual Medic, and WyoWinter Feed Pea for the Intermountain West and the Central Great Plains,” Robin Groose, UW professor of agroecology and plant breeding

11 a.m. – “Economics for Hay Production,” Bridger Feuz, UW Extension educator

11:30 a.m. – “Hay Marketing,” Randall

Noon – Cream can lunch

1 p.m. – Machinery equipment demonstrations, forage demonstrations, forage product reviews by participating companies