February 10, 2006 | By: Laura Skillman

The 26th Kentucky Alfalfa Conference moves to Lexington this year with topics for producers who grow the crop to feed their livestock as well as for commercial hay producers.

The daylong program is Feb. 23 at the Fayette County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the conference gets under way at 8:45 a.m.

The conference, generally held in Cave City, was moved to Lexington this year to accommodate growers in that area of the state and because the Heart of America Grazing Conference was at the western Kentucky site this year.

Topics include selecting alfalfa varieties for yield; quality and persistence; advances in alfalfa seed coating; successful establishment principles and practices; fertilizing for profit; alfalfa as a grazing crop; storing alfalfa as round bale silage; moisture management in hay making and storing; and interpreting forage quality testing.

After lunch the focus will be on marketing Kentucky alfalfa with a discussion on why top producers are successful. A panel discussion on whether Kentucky alfalfa can compete in the marketplace will follow.

Registration fee is $15 or $5 for students and includes lunch and a copy of conference proceedings. Certified crop adviser credits are available.

The conference is sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, UK Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Forage and Grasslands Council. For more information contact Garry Lacefield at (270) 365-7541, ext. 202 or Christi Forsythe, (270) 365-7541, ext. 221. Or visit the Kentucky Forage Extension Web site.