FORAGE CONFERENCE TO DRAW TOP EXPERTS
TROY, Ala. -- Dr. Carl Hoveland, co-author of Southern Forages, and Dr. Carroll Johnson and Kent Kammermeyer, co-authors of Quality Food Plots, will be among the panel of experts featured at the biennial Alabama Forage Conference on Dec. 13 at the Pike County Cattlemen's Association building in Troy.
Held every other year since 1997, the conference traditionally draws top scientists, researchers and livestock producers from Alabama and other states to address production, management and other issues.
This year's conference, titled "Maximizing 21st Century Forage and Grassland Opportunities," will include sessions use of crabgrass, the benefits of forage/row crop rotations and other topics.
The conference opens at 8 a.m. and ends around 5 p.m. Pre-registration deadline for the conference is Dec. 1.
Hoveland, who has served on the faculty of both Auburn University and the University of Georgia, has earned an international reputation as a forage researcher, will be speaking on forage legumes in Coastal Plains pastures.
Johnson, a weed scientist by training who is also knowledgable about agricultural production and wildlife food plots and is a consulting agronomist with the Whitetail Institute, will be speaking on the practical aspects of weed biology and weed management.
Kammermeyer, a retired staffer with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources who has written extensively on wildlife behavior and food plot management, will be speaking on forage crops for quality deer plot management.
Other notable speakers on the agenda include: retired forage agronomist R.L. Dalrymple on the use of crabgrass and other forage options; Dr. Monte Rouquette, professor of soil and crop sciences at Texas A&M, on Tifton 85 bermudagrass; Dr. John Stuedemann, a retired USDA/ARS animal science researcher and Angus seed stock producer, on bale silage; Dr. David Wright, an Extension agronomist with the University of Florida; Mike Davis, an agronomist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, on species variety and irrigation impacts on warm-season grasses; and Dr. Ronnie Silcox, Extension animal scientist with the University of Georgia.
For more information, visit www.AlabamaForages.com or contact Perry Mobley, director of the Alabama Farmers Federation's Hay & Forage Division at (334) 613-4221 or email him at PMobley@AlfaFarmers.org