Orchardgrass, Timothy clinic is March, 17

Orchardgrass, Timothy clinic is March, 17 South Dakota State University Extension specialists and local agronomy Extension educators will be teaming up to present a clinic called "Orchardgrass and Timothy Production" on Monday, March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the 4-H Center in Vermillion.

Registration begins at 9:45 a.m. The program is sponsored by SDSU, South 2 FEU and Dakota Premium Hay and is open to the public free of charge.

Speakers and topics will include:

* Vance Owens, SDSU forage research and teaching � Seedbed Preparation and Seeding.

* April Borders and Steve Sutera, Extension agronomy educators � Pest Management � C2C � Hay Storage.

* Jim Gerwing, SDSU soils specialist � Fertility.

* Dakota Premium Hay � Hay Market Opportunities.

* Barry Dunn, SDSU range specialist � Harvest Management and Economic Considerations.

Since hay is such a widely used stored feed, it is important to understand the factors affecting the quality of hay which includes stage of maturity at harvest, moisture content storage and others. The program will focus primarily on the production of orchardgrass and timothy which have higher feeding values.

Producing high quality hay should be the goal of every producer. Crop management, proper fertilization, and proper cutting time are important in allowing producers to raise higher quality hay.

Please call the Clay County Extension Office (677-7111) to make your reservation. Pre-registrations are due by March 14.

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