February 11, 2005 | By: Laura Skillman
PRINCETON, Ky.

For 25 years alfalfa growers from across the commonwealth have come together to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be successful producers.

During that time, improved production and management skills have enabled producers to be more successful. Recognition of the importance of quality alfalfa as well as other forages has increased in recent years as more emphasis is placed on meeting livestock feed needs through forages, said Garry Lacefield, Extension forages specialist, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service.

This year, alfalfa producers will mark their 25th conference Feb. 24, at the Cave City Convention Center. 

Alfalfa is popular because of its productivity and high feed value. It has the highest yield potential of any perennial forage legume adapted to the United States. It also is among the highest in feed value, Lacefield said. With its high protein content, it complements corn silage and grains in formulating livestock rations.

Alfalfa is a versatile crop and can be used for pasture, hay, silage, green-chop, soil improvement, and soil conservation. It has great potential in Kentucky for the cash hay market and for intensive grazing. Advances in variety development, establishment, pest control, fertility, and harvest management have improved alfalfa yield and quality within the past 25 years and more are to come, he said.

This year’s conference program includes discussions on alfalfa for horses; growing alfalfa for wildlife; progress toward sclerotinia-resistant varieties; advances in seed coating; impact of alfalfa on Lincoln County; Roundup Ready alfalfa; alfalfa-crop of the future; and alfalfa – queen of the forages. In addition, a producer will discuss the use of alfalfa in his family’s dairy operation.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. with the program getting under way at 8:40 a.m. CST Registration is $15 or $5 for students. Lunch and handouts are included in the price. The event concludes at 2:30 p.m. There will also be exhibits, a silent auction and an awards presentation during the event.

The program is sponsored by the UK Cooperative Extension Service and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council. For more information contactLacefield at 270-365-7541 ext. 202,  or Christi Forsythe at 270-365-7541 ext. 221.

Writer: Laura Skillman 270-365-7541, ext. 278

Contact: 

Contact: Gary Lacefield 270-365-7541, ext. 202
Christi Forsythe 270-365-7541, ext. 221