SDSU Extension, Nebraska Extension, the Northern Plains Forage Association, and I-29 Moo University will host a forage field day on Monday, August 7 at 9:30 a.m. at the Southeast Research Farm (29974 University Road, Beresford, SD 57004).
Forages are an unsung hero in the Midwest and good production practices are often overlooked. This year, the field day program will focus on all things sorghum. The day will include plot tours, panel discussions, and classroom talks all focusing on topics such as sorghum planting, harvest, and storage techniques. In addition, equipment will be on-site to view and discuss new and emerging equipment, equipment settings, and more. This field day aims to supply both hands-on and classroom experience evaluating forages and focusing on best management practices for growth and storage that producers and industry clientele can use.
- 9:30 a.m. – Sorghum Production Talk: Dr. Brent Bean, Agronomy Director – United Sorghum Checkoff Program
- 10:30 a.m. – Plot tour focusing on sorghum variety trial, male sterile sugar sorghum, and harvest and storage techniques: Jeff Jackson, Alfalfa & Forage Specialist – Croplan and Dan Funke, NW Iowa Forage Producer
- 12:00 p.m. – Lunch
- 12:45 p.m. – Forage Grower Panel Discussion: Jim Paulsen, Consulting Nutrition and Forage Specialist – Fieldstone (moderator)
- 1:30 p.m. – Forage Equipment Settings and Practices: Andrew DeJong, Hay and Forage Product Specialist – New Holland
- 2:30 p.m. – View and Discuss Forage Equipment
- 3:15 p.m. – View and Discuss Forage Samples and Shaker Box Demo – Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator – University of Minnesota Extension and Fred Hall, Dairy Specialist – Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
- 3:30 p.m. – Ice cream Social/Survey
- 3:45 p.m. – Adjourn and Optional Farm Tour
Register at https://extension.sdstate.edu/event/forage-field-day-southeast-research-farm