The University of Wyoming's Cooperative Extension Service presented a seminar Thursday night in Buffalo with the topic of discussion being alternative forages that producers can use for extending their grazing season and different ways they can improve hay production.
Blaine Horn, University of Wyoming Extension Educator, explains the presentation.
Roger Hybner, with the USDA/NRCS, started the evening with a presentation on different types of forages that are suited to the Montana/Wyoming area, and the pros and cons of using each.
He did say, however, that each producer's situation is unique, and the guidelines he presented were not absolute, but examples of what had and had not worked in other situations.
Horn finished the evening, speaking about hay production and how it is affected by fertilizer use, type of soil, and whether or not the forage type is irrigated, and how different grasses perform under different circumstances. He also gave examples of how producers can figure their cost/return rates for hay production using water, fertilizer and supplement costs to help determine expenses.
Horn said all the information presented at the seminar is available through him, the University of Wyoming, or other sources.
Contact Blaine Horn at the Johnson County Cooperative Extension Service at 684-7522, stop by 762 West Fetterman, or at firstname.lastname@example.org