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August 1, 2002

You'll get dirty, but wiser at Purdue forage clinic

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Those attending the Purdue University forage training day on Sept. 5 should come ready to learn – and get dirty.

Purdue's Forage Management Training Clinic will be messy and aromatic, but a valuable educational experience for the producers and forage managers who attend, said Keith Johnson, Purdue Extension forage specialist and the clinic's coordinator.

"I guarantee that participants will leave the training session with grass stains on their knees, dirt under their fingernails, the aroma of silage and hay on their hands and clothes, and some knowledge to use, too," Johnson said.

The clinic is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 5 at the Purdue Agronomy Research Center, located about five miles west of Purdue's West Lafayette campus on U.S. 52, near Montmorenci, Ind. A concurrent afternoon session will take place at Scholer Animal Sciences Farm, near Green Hill, Ind., in neighboring Warren County.

For those unable to attend the daylong event, a less-detailed program on forage issues is planned later the same day at the agronomy center. The free "twilight tour" will take place from 6-8 p.m., and cover many of the topics featured during the clinic.

Purdue Extension specialists and forage industry professionals will lead the clinic sessions. Agronomy center topics include alfalfa fertilization, weed identification, forage mixtures and quality, autotoxicity, double crop options, the affect of brown midrib trait on forage quality, and the results of an alfalfa variety trial.

Sessions at Scholer will focus on fence/water issues and determining the stocking rate and density of animals to available pasture. Participants attending the Scholer program will be transported by bus to the facility from the agronomy center.

"The forage management clinic will better define profit-enhancing management strategies for those who produce, utilize and market forage crops," Johnson said.

Registration is limited to 60 people, on a first-come basis. Registration is $70 per person or $60 for members of the Indiana Forage Council, Indiana Beef Cattle Association, Indiana Sheep Association, Indiana Horse Council and Indiana Professional Dairy Producers. The registration fee includes lunch and clinic materials.

Certified Crop Advisers attending the clinic are eligible for Continuing Education Units in pest management, nutrient management and crop management. Commercial Pesticide Applicators are eligible for a continuing credit hour.

To register, or for more information, contact the Purdue Crop Diagnostic Training and Research Center at (765) 494-0820 or Purdue's toll-free Extension hotline at (888) EXT-INFO (398-4636). A clinic brochure is available on the crop diagnostic Web site click on the "2002 Registration" link.

Writer: Steve Leer, (765) 494-8415, sleer@purdue.edu

Source: Keith Johnson, (765) 494-4800, johnsonk@purdue.edu

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722; Beth Forbes, bforbes@aes.purdue.edu; http://www.agriculture.purdue.edu/AgComm/public/agnews/

Related Web site:
Purdue University Forage Information

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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