Microbes, markets on Forage Council agenda

Ray Mueller

SEYMOUR – A variety of topics pertaining to forage production are on the agenda for the Outagamie County Forage Council during its annual meeting and educational program on Thursday, Jan. 26 at Doxbee's banquet hall.

With the Midwest Forage Association as co-sponsor, the program will begin at 10 a.m. with the MFA's local council director Chelsea Russell providing an update on the organization's activities for the past year and plans for the coming year.

The results of a soil microbial research project in northeast Wisconsin will be disclosed by Shawano County Extension Service agriculture agent Jamie Patton. The study checked for how manure application practices affect microbial activity in the soil.

To conclude the morning session, Outagamie County crops, soils, and horticulture agent Kevin Jarek will share the results from low lignin alfalfa plots that he oversaw in 2016. He will also provide an update on a survey of alfalfa seeding rates.

Following the noon lunch, market analyst Brian Rydlund of the Minnesota-based CHS Hedging will discuss what to expect in the commodities markets in 2017 and beyond. The council's review of the past year's activities, annual meeting and auction fundraiser will follow.

Registrations are requested by Monday, Jan. 23, by mail to UW Extension-Forage Council, 3365 W. Brewster St., Appleton, WI 54914. Fees for the day are $30 for council membership and lunch.

There is an additional fee of $30 for membership in the MFA. Payment of that fee earns MFA members coupons for products and services that are worth several multiples of the $30 fee.