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March 14, 2007

Meeting to focus on watching levels to improve forage

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University expert will discuss how managing potassium and phosphorous levels can significantly increase forage yield and longevity, two goals for many producers.

During the keynote address of the March 28 Indiana Forage Council's annual meeting, agronomy professor Jeff Volenec will talk about keeping an alfalfa stand for eight years with proper phosphorous and potassium management.

"Volenec and his students' research shows that the current rule of thumb about stand assessment is not necessarily true in all cases. The typical longevity of an alfalfa stand is four to five years, but he has nearly doubled the typical lifespan for stands," said Keith Johnson, a Purdue professor of agronomy and meeting coordinator.

The meeting begins at 4 p.m. at the Hancock County Fairgrounds, located on North Apple Street in Greenfield. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., followed by Volenec's presentation.

"The research that Volenec will report on is important for forage producers to understand," Johnson said. "One of the components of a successful forage producer's enterprise is improved longevity of perennial forage."

In addition to Volenec's address, the annual meeting will include presentations from successful forage producers and a tradeshow for attendees to network and learn about new products.

Indiana Forage Council members and nonmembers are encouraged to attend the meeting. Attendance at the 4 p.m. meeting is not a requirement for participation in the rest of the event. The meeting is free for members, and there is a $5 fee for nonmembers. Register by March 23 by contacting Lisa Green at (765) 494-4783, lmetts1@purdue.edu.

The Indiana Forage Council, a non-profit organization run by volunteers, is dedicated to research and education for profitable forage production and utilization. More information about the organization is available online at http://www.agry.purdue.edu/ext/forages/ifc/Index.html.

For questions and additional information, contact Johnson at (765) 494-4800, johnsonk@purdue.edu.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050, douglajk@purdue.edu

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

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
Beth Forbes, forbes@purdue.edu
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