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Division of Agriculture Focus on Forages Field Day planned for Oct. 18

By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • Focus on Forages Field Day scheduled for Oct. 18
  • Research topics to cover baleage, forage digestibility, and early harvest to increase forage growing season
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LITTLE ROCK – Faculty and staff with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will present research related to pastures and forage production at the 2019 Focus on Forages Field Day on Oct. 18 at the Pauline Whitaker Animal Science Center arena at the Milo J. Shult Agricultural Research and Extension Center, 1336 W. Knapp Ave., in Fayetteville.

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AUTUMN MENU -- A Division of Agriculture field day will focus on providing adequate fall forage for cattle like these in Madison County. (UA system Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller)

The event runs 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. with onsite registration beginning at 8 a.m. Program highlights include workshops on baleage, forage digestibility, the use of early harvests to increase forage growing seasons, and the benefits of baleage versus dry hay.

Field tours will explore control options for foxtail and Johnsongrass, pasture and hay land fertility studies, mixing cool- and warm-season forages for food plots, and baleage equipment. Demonstrations of late-planted corn, sorghum and millet for fall forage production will be available.

Registration is free and includes lunch.

Matthew Bertucci, a research scientist in turf, pasture, and specialty crop weed management in the Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Department, will showcase new herbicide chemistries that could limit weed populations and optimize yields. Animal science extension specialists John Jennings and Kenny Simon will have a demonstration on late-planted annual forages for extended grazing or hay production. 

“We have plenty of experts who will share their knowledge during the morning session indoors,” Bertucci said. “Our hope is to share our findings and improve productivity of all our forage producers in the area.”

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture provides services throughout the year at no charge as a way to strengthen agriculture, communities and families. Events and presentations offer the latest information about new products and research studies that lead to the adoption of best practices. Attendees also have an opportunity to network with others in the industry.

For questions, email Bertucci at

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch.

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter at @UAEX_edu.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Media Contact: Tracy Courage
Dir. of Extension Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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