Schedule of Events

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DAY ONE – Tuesday, November 28th

6:30am – 7:00pm SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITOR REGISTRATION
8:00am – 4:00pm EXHIBITOR SETUP
8:00am – 5:00pm

ALFALFA HAY QUALITY WORKSHOP
(Workshop Chairs Shannon Mueller, University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno, CA and Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID) Gain a comprehensive understanding of forage quality from field to feeding.  This is a hands-on workshop combining lectures and demonstrations of hay quality.

  • 8:00 – Workshop Welcome and Introduction

What is Forage Quality and How is it Managed in the Field (Moderator Shannon Mueller, University of California Cooperative Extension, Fresno, CA)

  • 8:30 – Definitions and Range of Variability for Hay Test Parameters
    Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID
  • 8:55 – Agronomic Influences on Forage Quality
    Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA; Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID; and Shannon Mueller, UCCE Fresno, CA)
  • 9:45 – Harvest Management: Cutting, Raking, Curing, Baling
    Wayne Coblenz, USDA-DFRC, Madison, WI
  • 10:30 – Break

Hay Quality Sampling and Principles of Forage Nutritive Value and Quality
(Moderator Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID)

  • 10:45 – Recommended Hay Sampling Protocol
    Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 11:15 – How to Choose a Quality Testing Lab
    Mark Marsalis, New Mexico State University, Los Lunas, NM
  • 11:30 – Interpreting Hay Test Results from a Nutritionist’s Perspective
    Rick Norell, University of Idaho, Twin Falls, ID

  • 12:15 – Lunch

Innovations in Forage Nutritive Value and Quality (Moderator Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA)

  • 1:15 – Innovations in Forage Digestibility Analyses/Changing Concepts of Forage Quality
    Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University, Wooster, OH

Demonstrations and Hands-on Activities (1:45-4:00)

  • Choice and Utilization of Hay Probes
    Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA
  • Interpreting Hay Test Results and Understanding the Effects of Moisture
    Glenn Shewmaker, University of Idaho, Kimberly, ID; Rick Norell, University of Idaho, Twin Falls, ID; and Juan Solomon, University of Nevada, Reno, NV
  • Visual/Subjective Evaluation of Hay Quality
    Mylen Bohle, Oregon State University, Prineville, OR
  • Post-harvest Storage Issues with Hay Quality
    Wayne Coblentz, USDA/DFRC, Madison, WI

Wrap up, Discussion, Questions/Answers, Presentation of Certificates

5:30pm – 7:30pm

SYMPOSIUM WELCOME RECEPTION WITH EXHIBITORS

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

DAY TWO – Wednesday, November 29th

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
    William Payne, Dean, College of Agriculture, University of Nevada, Reno

Economics and Markets
(Moderator Brandon Fawaz, Fawaz Farms, Etna, CA)

  • 8:10 – Current Trends in the Hay and Forage Markets
    Seth Hoyt, the Hoyt Report
  • 8:35 – Important Market Trends with California and US Dairy Markets
    Tiffany LaMendola, Blimling Associates, Jamestown, CA
  • 9:00 – Demographics and Long Term Outlook for Western Beef, Sheep, and Horses and
    their Importance for the Forage Industry
    Tim DelCurto, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT
  • 9:25 – The Emerging Farm Bill and its Implications for Western Dairy and Forage
    Dan Sumner, Ag. Issues Center, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 9:50 – Discussion
  • 10:00 – Break

Alfalfa Yield and Quality, Yield Gap, and Genetic Innovations
(Moderator Mark Marsalis, New Mexico State University, Los Lunas, NM)

  • 10:30 – Genetics for Drought Tolerance in Alfalfa
    Ian Ray, NM State Univ., Las Cruces, NM
  • 10:55 – Alfalfa Yield Gap – How big is it and what is its economic significance?
    Michael Russelle, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN
  • 11:20 – Alfalfa Yield Gap – What is holding us back?
    Charlie Brummer, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 11:45 – Discussion
12:00 Noon

SYMPOSIUM LUNCH

  • Jim Kuhn Award
  • The Importance of Alfalfa Research Funding
    Beth Nelson, National Alfalfa & Forage Alliance, St. Paul, MN
1:30pm – 5:00pm

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

Alfalfa Production and Pest Management I
(Moderator Anowar Islam, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY)

  • 1:30 – Fertilizing Alfalfa for High Yields
    Nick Clark, Universiity of California Cooperative Extension, Hanford, CA
  • 1:50 – Strategies for Aphid Management in Alfalfa
    Ayman Mostafa, Univ. of Arizona Cooperative Extension, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2:10 – Controlling Alfalfa Weevils—Efficacy, Thresholds and Future Needs
    Rachael Long, University of California Cooperative Extension, Woodland, CA
  • 2:30 – Using Zinc Phosphide-Coated Cabbage to Manage Belding’s Ground Squirrels in Hay Crops
    Roger Baldwin, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 2:50 – Discussion
  • 3:00 – Break

Alfalfa Production and Pest Management II
(Moderator Rachael Long, University of California Cooperative Extension, Woodland, CA)

  • 3:30 Poisonous Weeds And Toxic Factors In Hay Crops: Why You Should Worry
    Birgit Puschner University of California, Davis, CA
  • 3:50 An IPM Approach To Managing Annual Grasses In Grass Hay And Pasture
    Tim Prather, University of Idaho, Moscow, ID
  • 4:10 New Herbicides for Winter Annual Weed Control in Alfalfa
    Earl Creech, Utah State University, Logan, UT
  • 4:30 Panel Discussion: Solving Difficult Weed Problems
    Moderated by Tim Hays, Moderator, Lancaster, CA
5:30pm – 7:00pm EXHIBITOR RECEPTION AND CAFA AUCTION

DAY THREE – Thursday, November 30th

8:00am – 12:30pm

SYMPOSIUM MAIN SESSION

Exports, Quality, & Irrigation
(Moderated by Steve Norberg, Washington State University, Pasco, WA)

  • 7:50 – Welcome and Announcements
  • 8:05 – Reduced Lignin Alfalfa: Research Update and Implications to Harvest Management
    Mark Sulc, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
  • 8:30 – Hay Export Dynamics in the West Coast USA
    Bill Matthews, Ag Issues Center, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 8:55 – Emergence of Middle Eastern Demand for Forage Crops
    Alan Hallman, USDA – Foreign Agricultural Service, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • 9:20 – Benefits and Impacts of Partial Season Irrigation on Alfalfa Production
    Perry Cabot, Joe Brummer, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO and Neil Hansen, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT
  • 9:45 – Discussion
  • 10:00 – Break
  • 10:30 – Deficit Irrigation with Alfalfa: What Are the Economics?
    Mike Ottman, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ & Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 10:55 – Principles of Drip Irrigation with Alfalfa
    Dan Putnam, University of California, Davis, CA
  • 11:15 – What I’ve Learned from Implementing Drip Irrigation on my Farm
    Nate Ray, DeJager Farms, Chowchilla, CA
  • 11:35 – Innovations in Center Pivot Irrigation with Hay Crops
    Troy Peters, Washington State University, Prosser, WA
  • 11:55 – Implementing Advances in Pivot Irrigation on my Farm
    Drex Gauntt, Gauntt Farms, Kennewick, WA
  • 12:15 – Discussion
  • 12:30 – Adjourn