Schedule of Events

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DAY ONE – Tuesday, November 27th

6:30am – 7:00pm SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
8:00am – 4:00pm EXHIBITOR SETUP
8:30am – 4:30pm

SOIL HEALTH AND FERTILITY WORKSHOP
(Workshop Chairs Dan Putnam and Daniel Geiseler, University of California Davis.  Top health forage production begins with the health of the soil, and understanding soil fertility and water management.  It’s well know that forages (especially legumes) contribute to healthy soils, but soils can still degrade in forage systems.  This workshop reviews the principles of soil fertility and soil health and provides hands-on training for soil fertility management for forage crops.  These crops include alfalfa, other legumes, and grassy hay.  The  objective of the workshop is to develop better skill sets to manage soils, cropping systems, and nutrients to maximize yields, quality, soil health and meet water quality standards.

8:30am-10:30am 
Session 1:  What are the Principles of Soil Health and Nutrient Management? 

  • Nutrient Management Plants for Groundwater Management
  • Principles of Soil Science, Soil Health, and Soil Fertility
  • Macro and Micro Nutrients: What does a crop need?
  • Beyond N-P-K: Cropping systems and soil limitation effects on soil health
  • 10:30 – Break

10:45am-12:15pm
Session 2

  • Methods for Soil Sampling and Plant Sampling for Alfalfa and Forage Crops
  • Methods of Lab Analysis: How does a lab come up with data?
  • Interpretation of Lab Results: How to read lab reports

  • 12:15 – Lunch

1:15pm-2:45pm
Session 3

  • Nutrient Budgeting: Coming up with action plans
  • Diagnosing Field Problems
  • Hands-On Nutrient Decisions: Problem solving
  • 2:45 – Break

3:00pm-4:30pm
Session 4

  • Hands-On Nutrient Decisions: Problem solving
  • Economics of Fertilizer Management
  • Putting Soil Health Systems Together: Developing strategies for your farm
5:30pm – 7:30pm

SYMPOSIUM WELCOME RECEPTION WITH EXHIBITORS

Hors D’oeuvres and No-Host Cocktails. Exhibits Open.

DAY TWO – Wednesday, November 28th

6:30am – 7:00pm SYMPOSIUM REGISTRATION
7:00am-8:00am CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST
7:00am-7:00pm EXHIBITS OPEN
8:00am-Noon

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

  • 8:00 – Welcome & Introduction

Forage and Dairy Trends

  • 8:10 – Current Trends in the Hay and Forage Markets
    Seth Hoyt, the Hoyt Report
  • 8:35 – Western Dairy Trends
  • 9:00 – Impacts of Trade War on US Forage and Dairy Industries
  • 9:25 – Export Hay Situation
  • 9:50 – Discussion
  • 10:00 – Break

Regulations and Economics

  • 10:30 – US Farm Bill and Potential Impacts on Forages
  • 10:50 – California Regulatory Update
  • 11:10 – Emerging Groundwater and Surface Water Regulations
  • 11:30 – Utilizing Enterprise Budgets on-Farm
  • 11:50 – Discussion
12:00 Noon

SYMPOSIUM LUNCH

  • Jim Kuhn Award
  • Update on California and National Research
1:30pm – 5:00pm

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

Pest Management I

  • 1:30 – Importance of IPM for Pesticide Resistance Management
  • 1:50 – Managing Alfalfa Weevils
  • 2:10 – Managing Other Pests (worms, aphids, clover root curculio)
  • 2:30 – Managing Nematodes and Diseases
  • 2:50 – Discussion
  • 3:00 – Break

Pest Management II

  • 3:30 – Managing Weeds in Seedling Alfalfa Stands
  • 3:50 – Managing Weeds in Established Alfalfa Stands
  • 4:10 – Strategies for Difficult-to-Control Weeds
  • 4:30 – Ask the Experts: Panel on Controlling Pests: weeds, vertebrates, insects, diseases
5:00pm – 7:00pm EXHIBITOR RECEPTION AND CAFA AUCTION

DAY THREE – Thursday, November 29th

8:00am – 12:15pm

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

Forage Quality

  • 8:00 – Introduction
  • 8:05 – Western Dairy Rations and Changing Role of Forages
  • 8:30 – Evolution of Laboratory Measurements – Current and Future Possibilities
  • 8:55 – Nationwide Reduced Lignin Alfalfa Research
  • 9:30 – Seed Company Perspective on Reduced Lignin Concept: Round Table
  • 9:55 – Discussion
  • 10:00 – Break

Water Management and Productivity

  • 10:30 – ET Measurements in Alfalfa: How much water does it really need?
  • 10:50 – Modelling Alfalfa Growth, Yield and Water Use
  • 11:10 – Management of Alfalfa Under High Salinity
  • 11:30 – Innovations of Flood Irrigation
  • 11:50 – Innovations in Sprinkler Technology
  • 12:15 – Adjourn