NAFA's DC Fly-In Approaching Soon
NAFA's Washington, D.C. fly-in, scheduled for February
4-7, is approaching quickly. Any NAFA member interested
in participating is encouraged to do so. The event,
which will include Congressional visits, agency visits, and a board meeting, is a great opportunity
to reinforce to agencies and members of Congress and their
staffs the importance of the alfalfa and forage industry to
production agriculture and the environment. As NAFA members,
you won't want to miss this important opportunity to have
your collective voices heard. NAFA members interested in attending
should contact the NAFA office at 651.484.3888 ASAP.
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NAFA President Presents at Idaho, Washington Winter Meetings Remotely
Unable to join the meetings in person, NAFA President Beth Nelson did the next best thing, joining the Idaho Alfalfa and Clover Seed Winter Conference (January 8 in Caldwell, ID) and the Northwest Hay Expo (January 16-17 in Kennewick, WA) remotely via video conference. Nelson gave an update of the organization's activities over the course of the past year including progress on NAFA's legislative priorities in Washington, DC, projects funded through NAFA's alfalfa checkoff, and a resurgence in participation in NAFA's popular Alfalfa Intensive Training Seminar (AITS).
“Winter meetings are great way to stay in touch with our member organizations and to keep them aware and informed of our activities,” said Nelson. “It’s nice to be able to interact directly with the farmers, let them know exactly what we’re working on, and get their feedback in what we're doing and their input on new needs we should be tackling.”
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|Potassium Levels a Concern for Alfalfa and Corn Forage Production
Daniel Wiersma, Alfalfa Business Manager, Pioneer
Forage growers recognize that balanced soil fertility is critical for achieving crop genetic potential and for maximizing profitability on the farm. Recent evidence suggests that inadequate soil levels of potassium could be limiting crop yields in several Midwestern states. Potassium removal from the soil through forage and grain harvesting has increased in corn and alfalfa as yields for both crops have increased over the past 30 years.
here for the complete article.
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Welcomes New Members
is pleased to welcome two new members into the NAFA family
with the addition of Jones Twine & Net Wrap and Jordan Ag Supply. Both Jones Twine & Net Wrap and Jordan Ag Supply join NAFA as Associate members in the Class V Allied Industries category.
Jones Twine & Net Wrap is based in Sheldon, MO, and is proud to have served the Midwest since 1955 with four generations of experience in the area of hay baling products.
Jordan Ag Supply is based in Monroe, WI, and has been in business since 2008 and provides high quality forage harvesting products.
NAFA is pleased to add Jones Twine & Net Wrap and Jordan Ag Supply to its long list of distinguished members. If
you are aware of any other organizations who are not
currently a NAFA member but should be, please contact
NAFA at email@example.com.
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NAFA Representatives to Present at Alfalfa U
Alfalfa U, a farmer-focused program to provide information about alfalfa agronomics, marketing, and management, will be held at three locations in February:
- Sioux Falls, SD, Feb. 5
- Fort Hall, ID; Feb. 19
- Dodge City, KS Feb. 21
Alfalfa U, sponsored by Alforex Seeds, John Deere, and High Plains Journal, is a one-day session packed with agronomic and marketing information and is free to farmers. Speakers include university and private professionals focused on weed and insect management, ensuring high-quality hay, irrigation and water usage, testing procedures, and marketing. A NAFA representative will be on hand at each location to inform attendees about NAFA activities as well.
Attendees will hear from a panel of farmer growers who will share agronomic information and the procedures they use to produce high-quality alfalfa hay. Growers can customize their learning experience by choosing from over a dozen sessions and educational topics, chosen especially for the area.
Each event begins with registration at 8:30 a.m., and the program at 9:00 a.m. Alfalfa U is free to attend and includes a complementary luncheon, courtesy of event sponsors Alforex, John Deere, and High Plains Journal.
For more information or to register go to www.AlfalfaU.com.
(Application has been made for continuing education credits and commercial pesticide application credits.)
Hay & Forage Grower to Feature Results of NAFA's Alfalfa Checkoff Projects
Hay & Forage Grower magazine will soon begin featuring the results of research projects funded through NAFA's U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff. The feature will focus on project results and demonstrate how your checkoff dollars are working for you - the alfalfa farmer.
The NAFA board of directors began the Checkoff to facilitate a national farmer-funded research program to advance industry research. Implemented voluntarily by seed brands, the alfalfa checkoff is assessed at the rate of $1/bag of alfalfa seed sold with 100% of the funds supporting public research into alfalfa and alfalfa forage systems. It supports research into the improvement of yields and forage quality, agronomic management, feed value consistency; new uses and market development, fertility, soil management and health, and other research areas holding the potential to advance the alfalfa industry
Detailed reports of Alfalfa Checkoff projects can be viewed as they become available on NAFA's searchable Research Database. Four final reports are currently available (one of which can be viewed in NAFA's Research Summaries feature below) with the balance of Round 1 projects wrapping up early in 2019.
Be sure to look for Hay & Forage Grower's new Alfalfa Checkoff feature in its February issue.
• The Impact of Tedding on the Economic Production of Alfalfa Silage - Digman, University of Wisconsin-River Falls
Through hard work and persistence, NAFA has secured funding for two public research programs: 1) the Alfalfa Seed and Alfalfa Forage Systems Research Program (AFRP); and 2) the Alfalfa Pollinator Research Initiative (APRI). Additionally, NAFA has created its own research program, the U.S. Alfalfa Farmer Research Initiative, better known as the Alfalfa Checkoff.
NAFA News will feature both progress and final reports from these research programs to keep you informed of research in these areas. Click
on the project title to access
the full report.
"Two treatments, tedded and untedded, were applied to an alfalfa field to determine their impact on the quality of the resulting forage. The tedded treatment area was tedded after the cutting of the field, and the untedded treatment was left in its original swath."
• Developing Practical Phosphorus and Potassium Tissue Test Recommendations and Utilizing Struvite in Modern Alfalfa Systems - Norberg, Washington State University
"Tissue testing whole alfalfa plants at harvest provides opportunities to direct nutrient decision making more accurately. Critical levels developed allow in-season recommendations and applications and would save producers time and effort since growers are already taking samples for hay quality."
• Integrated Pest Management and Pollinator Protection on Alfalfa Produced for Seed 2018-2019 - Walsh, Washington State University
"In early August 2018, six populations of two-spotted spider mites were collected from fields of alfalfa grown for seed in Walla Walla County, WA and the toxicity of 6 acaricides was tested on these populations."
CHECKOFF/AFRP/APRI final reports and current project objectives can
be found on NAFA's website at
in a convenient searchable database.
Mark Your Calendar!
- Cascadia Grains Conference
Friday-Saturday, January 18-19, 2019
South Puget Sound Community College
- 2019 Southwest Hay & Forage Conference
Thursday-Friday, January 24-25, 2019
Ruidoso Convention Center
- Western Alfalfa Seed Growers Assn. Winter Seed Conf.
Sunday-Tuesday, January 27-29, 2019
Astor Crowne Plaza
New Orleans, LA
- Central Oregon Forage Seminar
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
4-H Clover Building
- MFA's Symposium
Monday-Wednesday, February 18-20, 2019
Chula Vista Resort
Wisconsin Dells, WI
- Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference
Thursday, February 21, 2019
- Idaho Hay and Forage Conference
Thursday-Friday, February 21-22, 2019
- Great Lakes Forage and Grazing Conference
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
St. John, MI
- Roots of Resilience for Land and Livestock Conference
Wednesday-Thursday, March 27-28, 2019
Pendleton Convention Center
- Western Alfalfa & Forage Symposium
Tuesday-Thursday, November 19-21, 2019
Grand Sierra Resort
- Joint XXIV International Grassland/XI Rangeland Congress
Sunday-Friday, October 25-30, 2020
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