UGA Tifton campus set to host Corn Silage and Forage Field Day

- Clint Thompson, UGA CAES

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Corn Silage and Forage Field Day is set for Thursday, June 15, on the UGA campus in Tifton, Georgia.

The field day will feature presentations from UGA Extension faculty members and will focus on corn silage and forage production in the livestock industry. The day will also include a visit to the UGA Animal and Dairy Science Farm on the UGA Tifton campus.

“This is an educational and enlightening field day that will spotlight advancements in forage production,” said John Bernard, UGA Extension animal and dairy scientist. “Whether you’re interested in learning more about pricing forages, fertilization, improving irrigation, or improving the feed value from corn silage, there are topics all producers will be interested in learning more about.”

Glen Harris, UGA Extension soils and hydrology specialist, will discuss the importance of adding fertilizer and lime for high yields. He will also share results from a comparison of corn silage versus corn for grain.

Wes Porter, UGA Extension irrigation specialist, will speak about irrigation and wastewater applications in silage and forage production systems. He will also demonstrate calibrating irrigation and waste handling systems at the Animal and Dairy Science Farm to end the event at 1:15 p.m.

Other faculty members scheduled to present include Mississippi State University Extension agricultural economist and former UGA Extension specialist Curt Lacy and University of Florida livestock nutritionist Luiz Ferraretto.

There is no charge to attend the event, which will begin at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. Organizers request that participants preregister at in order to provide refreshments and lunch. On-site registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and a tour of the variety testing plots is scheduled for 8:15 a.m.

(Clint Thompson is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences based in Tifton.)