Forage & cover crop workshops scheduled in South Dakota
BROOKINGS, SD – Excess moisture and the rising cost of livestock feed have created many challenges for South Dakota’s forage and livestock producers.
“Really wet conditions the last few years have created problems in first-cutting alfalfa quality and created a lot of wet and saline spots in fields,” said Eric Mousel, forage and alfalfa specialist for Millborn Seeds, Brookings. “While at the same time, the rising cost of protein for beef and dairy diets has many livestock producers moving away from commercial feeds and returning to raising their own.”
Mousel, along with cover crop specialist Justin Fruechte, will address forage issues and share management practices and products that will help livestock and forage producers overcome challenges and maximize yields during free forage and cover crop workshops Millborn Seeds is hosting throughout South Dakota beginning Jan. 24.
Livestock and forage producers can expect to come away from the informative workshops with a clear understanding of the forage products available to them today, their advantages and disadvantages, and how they can implement them into their forage systems for optimal success. They will also learn how to make cover crops work for them.
“Cover crops are a big buzz word in the agriculture community right now, and likely will continue to be for some time, however the real value of cover crops, benefits, types and species is often poorly understood,” Fruechte said. “We want to help producers become familiar with the cover crop world so they can make more informed decisions for their farms.”
The workshops are designed with plenty of time for producers to ask Fruechte and Mousel specific questions pertaining to their operation and growing conditions.
Topics covered during the three-hour workshops include; understanding the cover crop buzz; salt tolerant alfalfa; maximizing feed crop acres for cows; extending the grazing season; winning the first-cutting alfalfa battle; and replacing commercial supplements with alfalfa.
All workshops will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and include a free lunch. Jan. 24 workshop will be held in Ft. Pierre at McClellands; Jan. 26 workshop will be held in Selby at the Opera House; Jan. 27 workshop will be held in Redfield at the Knights of Columbus Hall; Jan. 31 workshop will be held in Highmore at the Grand Lodge; Feb. 2 workshop will be held in Sisseton at the Sisseton Livestock Exchange and the Feb. 3 workshop will be held in Brookings at Millborn Seeds.
– Millborn Seeds