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Water usage and new technology use among show’s forage seminar topics

Published on 06 February 2015

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Note: All forage seminars will be held in the seminar center at the intersection of S Street and Expo Lane.

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Tuesday, February 10, 10:00 a.m.
“Predicting the 2015 Western Hay Market”

  • Speaker: Seth Hoyt, The Hoyt Report

This popular speaker will review how drought and record rains affected the 2014 alfalfa hay season and market and predict prices for 2015. He’ll consider several market influences, including the amount of alfalfa grown in the West, milk-prices and water levels. He’ll also look at the future of hay exports.

Tuesday, February 10, 11:00 a.m.
“Tools and Technology to Produce Top Forage”

  • Panelists: Tim Meister, John Deere; David Walker, New Holland; Jeff Roberts, Harvest Tec; Dennis Hannaford, Netafim; Greg Stewart, Stewart Tech

Learn about the latest technologies in hay and forage production, including a sneak peek of 2015 forage harvesting and testing equipment, innovative mobile drip irrigation tools, and software systems that track fuel, automate irrigation systems and more.

Tuesday, February 10, 1:00 p.m .
“Growing Corn Silage in a Water-Deficit Year”

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  • Panelists: Dennis Craig, product development agronomist, Mycogen Seeds; Mark Lundy, area agronomy advisor, California Cooperative Extension, Colusa County and corn silage grower; Moderator: Carol Frate, retired University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor, Tulare County

Moisture-savvy panelists will share tips and answer questions on hybrid selection, irrigation timing and other ways to make the most of the available moisture in your corn silage fields.

Tuesday, February 10, 2:15 p.m.
“Drip Irrigation in Alfalfa – Can It Work for You?”

  • Speaker: Dan Putnam, Extension Agronomist and Forage Specialist, University of California-Davis.

Subsurface drip irrigation (SSDI) is gaining popularity as a way to save water and increase yields in alfalfa. Learn about the latest data and grower experiences with SSDI. PD

Special events during this year’s show

Equipment demonstrations
Remember that every show day in the World Ag Expo Arena on the west end of the show grounds you can see exhibitors’ equipment in action. Everyday at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. equipment will be on exhibition. The proof is in the pulling, digging, tilling, mulching and more. Don’t miss the participating companies go head-to-head for your business.

Thursday, February 12, noon
Farmers’ lunch

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  • Speaker: AG Kawamura

This hour-long lunch in the VIP Event Tent will feature former California Secretary of Agriculture, AG Kawamura. Kawamura is a progressive urban farmer who has been actively involved in agricultural policy at the local, regional, national and international levels.

He is the co-chair of Solutions From the Land; a founding board member of the Delta Vision Foundation, a trustee of the Southern California Water Committee and the California WateReuse Foundation.

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