ISU Extension virtual forage field day to feature annuals

Annual forages can be a valuable resource

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If you want to learn more about annual forages and integrating them into a cropping rotation, attend a virtual field day set for June 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

AMES, Iowa — Many livestock farmers know that annual forages can provide flexibility when managing their forage supply, whether filling forage production gaps or serving as a primary forage source.

If you want to learn more about annual forages and integrating them into a cropping rotation, attend a virtual field day set for June 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m. and hosted by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach.

“We’ve seen an interest from producers wanting to integrate both cool and warm season annual forages into their farming operation,” said Erika Lundy, beef specialist with ISU Extension and Outreach. “However, many questions still remain regarding which forage species is best for a given situation or farm goal as well as their nutritional value and yield potential.”

The virtual field day will highlight a research project evaluating different cool-season annual forage species in terms of forage nutritional value, yield potential and practical considerations for integrating annual forages into cropping rotations. To learn more about this project and what’s been learned, plan to attend this virtual field day, which will feature a tour of the annual forage plots at outlying Iowa State University research farms.

There is no cost to participate and the field day is open to all. However, preregistration is required prior to the event on the ISU Extension and Outreach website. Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email with the link to join, which will be provided through Zoom. If you don’t have this app on your computer or device, you’ll want to download and install it for the best quality.

Participants may join through their web browser, mobile phone or tablet and will need to download a free app prior to joining. Participants should join the webinar 10 minutes in advance to ensure connections and software are working correctly.

For more information, questions or if you need assistance with registration, contact the Iowa Beef Center at beefcenter@iastate.edu or 515-294-BEFF (2333).

Funding for this project provided is by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.

The Zoom download is available through the App Store for iOS devices and through Google Play for Android.

The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry.

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