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Forage Focus Webinars

Forage Focus 2015 Webinar Series

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Date

Speaker

Topic

February 11 Dr. Charles Mitchell Forage Fertility:
Soil Basics for Southern Forages
March 11 Dr. Kathy Flanders Forage Pests:
Fire Ant Management
April 8 Dr. Charles Mitchell Forage Fertility:
Saving on Fertilizer Costs

May 13 Dr. Jennifer Johnson /
Dr. Kim Mullenix
Forage Systems Part 1:
Understanding Stocking Rates and Forage Management 
June 10 Dr. Eve Brantley Forages and Water Quality:  Runoff vs Infiltration:
The difference in water used and water lost
July 8  Dr. Kathy Flanders Forage Pests: 
Insecticides labeled for Pasture Use
August 

Make plans to attend the 2015 Deep South Stocker Conference

September 9 Dr. Jennifer Johnson /
Dr. Kim Mullenix
Forage Systems Part 2: 
Stocking Rates and Forage Management for Winter Grazing 
October 14 Dr. Mark Smith Forages for Wildlife:
Food Plot Management 
November 11 AU Beef/Forage
Graduate Students
Focus on Forage Research: Graduate Student Progress Report and Research Findings from Beef/Forage Program 
December

Make plans to attend the 2015 Alabama Forage Conference! 

Mark your calendars for the The Forage Focus Webinar Series, held the second Wednesday of each month at 10:00 am CDT. Join us for timely updates on forage-related topics from members of the Animal Science and Forage Extension Team.

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"Focus of Forage Research: Graduate Student Progress Report and Research Findings from Beef/Forage Program"

Aired Live: Nov. 11, 2015 @ 10:00 A.M. CDT

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“Forages for Wildlife:  Understanding the Role of Food Plots in Wildlife Management”  

Aired Live: Oct. 14, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

“What should I plant for…?” is the most common question when it comes to food plots for wildlife.  Whereas food plots can be used to provide supplemental nutrition for wildlife, in many cases expectations exceed reality.  Understanding the role of food plots in the bigger picture of wildlife management will help keep you on track in meeting your wildlife management objectives. Tune in as Dr Mark Smith, Extension Wildlife Specialist, Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University, discusses the good, the bad, and the misinterpreted of food plots in wildlife habitat management for deer, turkeys, and other game species.

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“Forage Systems Part 2:  Stocking Rates and Forage Management for Winter Grazing

Aired Live: September 9, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

Extending the grazing season into the winter months can result in significant input cost savings for cattlemen. Understanding grazing management tips, tricks, and what to expect when using winter forages is key to making this work in your operation. This webinar, delived by Drs Jennifer Johnson, Extension Forage Specialist, and Kim Mullenix, Extension Beef Cattle Systems Specialist, Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discusses this important topic and address commonly asked questions related to determining appropriate stocking rates when using cool-season forages.

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“Forage Pests:  Insecticides Labeled for Pasture Use”

Aired Live: July 8, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

Do you have questions when it comes to what insecticides you can use in your pasture? Tune in to this webinar focused on forage pests for an update on these pesky pests attacking pastures and hayfields across the Southeast. This webinar, delivered by Dr. Kathy Flanders, Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System Forage Entomologist, discusses the various insecticides forage producers can use in grass pastures and hayfields.  These vary in effectiveness, grazing restrictions, toxicity to the applicator, and mode of action.

Attendees are asked to print out a copy of IPM-0028, Pastures and Forage Crops Insect and Weed Control Recommendations available in the aces store at http://www.aces.edu/pubs/docs/I/IPM-0028/IPM-0028.pdf so they can take notes on specific sections in the guide!

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“Forage and Water Quality:  Runoff vs Infiltration –
the difference in water used and water lost”

Aired Live: June 10, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

Making every drop count - Alabama is blessed with an average of 55 inches of rain each year. However, there are many times when the rain comes before or after it is needed. Managing plants, soil and water as a system can result in more productive farms, improved health of streams and rivers, and improved economics. Did you know that every 1% increase in soil organic matter can translate into 25,000 gallons of available soil water per acre? Dr. Eve Brantley, Extension Water Resources Specialist,  Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discusses practices and actions to improve soils, increase water availability, conserve water and stretch those water molecules as far as they will go.

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Forage Systems Part 1: Understanding Stocking Rates and Forage Management

Aired Live: May 13, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

Stocking rate decisions influence forage production and persistence in grazed ecosystems. Understanding plant-animal interactions and appropriate management techniques to provide an adequate quantity of high quality forage influences livestock production, and is a key tool in the graziers toolbox. In this webinar Drs Jennifer Johnson, Extension Forage Specialist, and Kim Mullenix, Extension Beef Cattle Systems Specialist, Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System, discuss this important topic in planning for the upcoming summer grazing season.

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“Forage Fertility: Saving on Fertilizer Costs”

Aired Live: April 8, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

Fertilizers are the highest, single input cost in a hay production system and can be the highest input cost for pastures.  However, we know that we cannot grow forges without nutrients so what can we do?  This webinar discusses some practical strategies that can reduce and maybe even eliminate those recurring fertilizer costs for your forage system.This webinar is presented by Dr. Charles Mitchell, Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System Soil Specialist.

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“Forage Pests:  Update on Fire Ant Management in Pastures and Hayfields”

Aired Live: March 11, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

Do you spend a lot of time fighting with fire ants in you pastures and hayfields? Tune in to this webinar focused on forage pests for an update on these pesky pests attacking pastures and hayfields acrossthe Southeast. This webinar, delivered by Dr. Kathy Flanders,Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System Forage Entomologist, providesinformation on: Fire ant baits, an economical way to control fire ants, which fire ant baits are currently legal to use in pastures and hayfields, and strategies that can be used to save time and money.

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“Forage Fertility:  Soil Basics for Southern Forages”

Aired Live: February 11, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. CDT

We are constantly seeking that amazing new forage crop that is highly nutritious for livestock, will grow with abandon, choke out all weeds, and grow year round. We’ll pay hundreds of dollars per acre to have it planted on our land. We are then disappointed when cattle overgraze it, the stand disappears, broomsedge appears everywhere, and we still don’t have enough good forage for our stocking rate. Modern forage crops are NOT naturally adapted to the soils of the Southeastern U.S. Pine trees are. We have to drastically amend our native soils in order to be successful growing hybrid bermudagrass, clovers, improved fescue and orchardgrass, and winter annuals for grazing. We’ll discuss some of the basics of soil management and soil fertility for forage production in Alabama and re-emphasize the importance of soil testing. Dr. Charles Mitchell, Auburn University and Alabama Cooperative Extension System Soil Specialist.

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