This is a great chance for not only animal farmers but also farmers growing or considering to grow forage. If you are in the area on May 6  thenI hope that you can join us.

Vicki Morrone

Outreach Specialist for Organic Farming

From: Dan Hudson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
Sent: Friday, May 01, 2009 4:45 PM
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Subject: Reminder: MSU Forage Variety Trial Plot Tour!



The MSU Forage Variety Trials look great (except for some varieties) and next week (May 6) will be a PRIME time to make comparisons.  A PDF of the flyer is attached.

See you next week!


MSU Forage Variety Trial Plot Tour*
May 6, 2009

What grass should I plant with my alfalfa?  I have somewhat sandy soils; what forage species should I use?  Does it really matter which grass or legume varieties I buy?  Grass is grass, right?  No!  Just as with other crop and livestock species, there are tremendous differences between species and varieties in relative maturity, winter-hardiness, yield, forage quality, insect/disease resistance, drought resistance, persistence, and palatability.  Dont throw your money away by buying forage seed for varieties that are not right for your pasture/hay production system.  Join us as we examine experimental plots of: alfalfa, potato-leafhopper resistant alfalfa, falcate alfalfa, perennial ryegrass, orchardgrass, tall fescue, smooth brome, timothy, meadow brome, and festulolium varieties.

When: Wednesday, May 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Who: All producers interested in learning about the MSU Forage Variety Trials
Meeting place: MSU Agronomy Farm, at the intersection of Beaumont Road and Farm Lane in East Lansing
Cost: $10.00 per person, $5 for additional family members
Dinner?  Yes, a light dinner will be served, and this is why we request pre-registration (RSVP)!
To Register: call 676-7207 or e-mail [log in to unmask] 

*This program is a follow-up to the plot tour that was to be held on April 14 that was cancelled due to inclement weather.

Sponsored By the Ingham County MSU Extension and the MSU Forage Team
Daniel Hudson
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator
Ingham County MSU Extension
121 E. Maple Street
P.O. Box 319
Mason, MI  48854

Office Phone: 517-676-7207 ext 7291

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