The 2017 Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada is happening Tuesday, November 28 through Thursday, November 30. The theme of this year’s event is “Producing Quality Forages in the West.” The symposium is organized by the Cooperative Extension Services of multiple states including California and Arizona, along with grower and industry liaison members.
The symposium will begin on Tuesday, November 28 with a welcome and introduction from Agronomy Advisor for Cooperative Extension in Fresno and Madera Counties Shannon Mueller. The first day will consist of an alfalfa hay quality workshop which will combine lectures and demonstrations of hay quality. A presentation on forage digestibility will take place directly after lunch, followed by a series of demonstrations and hands-on activities. The day will conclude with a wrap-up discussion and a presentation of certificates.
Wednesday morning will begin with a welcome and introduction followed by a discussion on economics and markets. A presentation on alfalfa yield and quality and genetic innovations will take place before the symposium lunch where the Jim Kuhn Award will be presented. The afternoon sessions will feature topics focused on alfalfa production and pest management.
Day three of the symposium will revolve around exports, quality, and irrigation. Bill Matthews from the Ag Issues Center at UC Davis, will deliver a presentation on hay export dynamics in the West Coast. Statewide Alfalfa and Forage Extension Specialist from UC Davis Dan Putnam will be discussing the principles of drip irrigation with alfalfa.
The Western Alfalfa and Forage Symposium is hosted by the California Alfalfa & Forage Association. Registration is still available on their website.