LANCASTER — North Country grass and clovers provide the crops necessary for New Hampshire’s dairy and livestock farms. According to a press release by the Cooperative Extension, their improvement brings about related increases in milk, meat and other products needed by the country. This winter’s UNH Cooperative Extension Forage Crop workshops will focus on these crops in Lancaster on Feb. 21.
The morning session will feature Sid Bosworth, agronomist with University of Vermont Extension. He will look at both growing techniques and pest management: Establishing a stand, new grass/legume varieties, cutting how-to as a key yield, quality and field longevity. What pests are you encountering? Weeds? Bugs? Identifying them and their control options will also be included.
In the afternoon, Pete Erickson, UNH professor of dairy sciences and management will proceed into the nutritional aspects of grasses and legumes: and their roll in feed rotations, correct analysis, consequences of low quality, corrective actions, and forage substitution will be discussed.
The Lancaster workshop will be held at the Rialto Theater on Main Street on Tuesday, Feb. 21. Registration with coffee at 9 a.m., with talks starting at 10 a.m.
Pesticide applicator recertification credits have been applied for. Lunch is included with registration and there is a discount for doing so early.
Contact Steve Turaj at the Coos County Extension office (603) 788-4961. More details can be found by visiting their website to view the event flyer and online registration TinyURL.com/ForageCropMtgs2017.