KALAMAZOO, Mich. — MSUE’s Forage Specialist Kim Cassida will discuss alternative or emergency forage options, hay and pasture renovation techniques for horse and livestock producers on January 31st Ag Action Day in Kalamazoo.
Ag Action Day is a diverse program jointly sponsored by the MSU Extension staff across the region. It is the area’s longest-running Ag and Natural Resources Extension program, with its early roots dating back to the early 1980’s. The program features a “Round Robin” format with three 90-minute sessions, with 18 different sessions to choose from throughout the day.
Michigan State University Forage and Cover Crops Specialist Dr. Kim Cassida will be speaking at Ag Action Day about what options may be the best to consider if producers face another challenging year, including what species may be appropriate when you need to rely on emergency forage production to feed horses or livestock. Her session topics include:
Tips for Keeping Hayfields Productive when Weather Throws a Curve — Weather adversity seems all too frequent recently. Dr. Cassida will explain strategies to help hayfields tolerate weather stress and boost your forage supply
Emergency Forages in Michigan — When forage is in short supply despite all of your efforts, which emergency forages perform the best in Michigan? Dr. Cassida will discuss use of annual forages like sorghums, millets, small grains, cover crops and more.
The 2020 Ag Action Day program will be held on Friday, January 31, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the KVCC Main Campus located at 6767 West “O” Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI. Cost is $40 per person and includes lunch. For more information on the sessions offered, and to learn about how to register for the program, please visit https://www.canr.msu.edu/events/ag-action-2020 or call the Van Buren County MSU Extension office at (269) 657-8213.
— Bruce MacKellar and Eric Anderson, MSU Extension Educators
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