Friday, February 17, 2012

Hay a topic of Siskiyou crop seminar

Hay price trends and Roundup Ready alfalfa will be topics of discussion during a crop seminar Tuesday, Feb. 21 at the Holiday Inn Express, 707 Montague Rd., Yreka.

The agenda from UC-Davis' Ag and Natural Resources department:
1:00 pm
Making the Best Fertilizer Decision
Steve Orloff, Farm Advisor, Siskiyou County

1:30
Getting the Most Value from Your Soil, Plant Tissue or Hay Quality Test
Dirk Holstege, Director UC Davis Analytical Laboratory

2:00
Hay Price Outlook for 2012
Seth Hoyt, Editor, The Hoyt Report

2:30
Understanding Hay Quality & Can Conventional and RR Alfalfa Coexist?
Dan Putnam, Alfalfa and Forage Specialist, UC Davis

3:00
Break with some great deserts

3:20
Should You Grow Roundup Ready Alfalfa?
Steve Orloff, Farm Advisor, Siskiyou County

3:50
How an Alfalfa Variety is Made and Exciting New Developments on the Horizon
Peter Reisen, Director of Plant Breeding, Forage Genetics, Int.

4:20
Tailwater Revealed: Uncovering how agricultural run-off impacts water quality in the Shasta River and what to do about it.
Lisa Unkefer, AquaTerra Consulting and Tim Beck, Shasta Valley Rancher

After great prices in 2011, what’s in store for the hay market this year? The most knowledgeable person on the hay market in the West, Seth Hoyt, will present his forecast and discuss the factors that influence hay price. Fertilizer and commodity prices (hay and grain) have been more volatile than ever. That makes selecting the most cost-efficient fertilizer program even more difficult than usual. Fertilizer recommendations for alfalfa, pasture and grain will be discussed. Wise fertilizer decisions are based on accurate laboratory analyses. Have you been frustrated with confusing or conflicting laboratory results? Dirk Holstege from The UCD Analytical Lab will suggest ways to get more consistent and reliable results for your lab samples. There is always considerable confusion regarding hay-quality test and what they mean. Forage specialist Dan Putnam will discuss forage quality analyses and make some suggestions on where we should go from here. Roundup Ready (RR) alfalfa is back. Is RR alfalfa right for you? Factors you should take into consideration when making this decision as well as how can RR and conventional alfalfa fields coexist will be discussed. You have been growing alfalfa for decades. Ever wondered how breeders develop new varieties? There are some very exciting new alfalfa traits that are right around the corner that will dramatically improve the plant. These will be discussed by one of the most prominent alfalfa breeders in the country, Peter Reisen. Agricultural tailwater is under close scrutiny by regulatory agencies. Lisa Unkefer from AquaTerra and local rancher Tim Beck will discuss the effects of tailwater and management practices that can be employed to mitigate any negative effects. No need to pre-register . . . Just show up! Hope to see you there. Contact Steve Orloff at (530) 842-2711 with questions or for more information.

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