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2022 WORLD ALFALFA CONGRESS
MAIN SESSION AGENDA

Profitable Alfalfa Production Sustains the Environment
November 14-17, 2022

-Subject to Change-

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022
MAIN CONFERENCE
  7:00 Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast/Posters
Opening Ceremony
Town & Country A
Moderator: Daniel Putnam, University of California, Davis
  8:00 Welcome
Christine Birdsong, California Department of Food & Agriculture Undersecretary
Carlos Suarez, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service State Conservationist - California
Session I: Alfalfa in a Global Context
Town & Country A
Moderator: Dan Wiersma, Corteva Agriscience
  8:20 Profitable Alfalfa Production Sustains the Environment || PRESENTATION
Daniel Putnam, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  8:40 How Alfalfa Markets Work in North America || PRESENTATION
Josh Callen, The Hoyt Report - Twin Falls, ID USA
  9:00 Economics of World Forage Trade || PRESENTATION
Dan Sumner, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  9:20 Challenges & Opportunities for Alfalfa Moving Forward || PRESENTATION
Dennis Hancock, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center - Madison, WI USA
  10:00 Break/Exhibits/Posters
Session II: Alfalfa in an Ecological Context
Town & Country A
Moderator: Daniel Basigalup, INTA
  10:30 Setting the Scene of Alfalfa Ecosystem Services at Rotation & Territory Levels:
Toward a Better Use of Alfalfa
|| PRESENTATION
Christian Huyghe, INRAE - Paris, France
  10:50 Cropping Alfalfa for Biodiversity Restoration Above & Belowground || PRESENTATION
Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND USA
  11:10 Alfalfa for Better Management of Farm Scale Nitrogen || PRESENTATION
Yingjun Zhang, China Agricultural University - Beijing, China
  11:30 Ecosystem Services of Perennial Forages || PRESENTATION
Priscila Pinto, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI USA
  12:00 Lunch/Exhibits/Posters
Concurrent Sessions • Session III: Forage Quality & Utilization
Town & Country A
Moderator: Dave Taysom, Dairyland Laboratories
  13:30 Defining Quality in Alfalfa (Deconstructing the Plant) || PRESENTATION
David Weakley, Forage Genetics International - Gray Summit, MO USA
  13:50 Linking Forage Quality with Economic Value || PRESENTATION
Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University - Wooster, OH USA
  14:10 Opportunities for Global Standardization of Quality Measurement || PRESENTATION
Ralph Ward, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services - Waynesboro, PA USA
  14:30 What is the Future of Forage Testing - Discussion
Concurrent Sessions • Session IV: Genetics, Biotech, & Genomics
Town & Country B
Moderator: Glenda Gehl, Forage Genetics International
  13:30 New Horizons in Alfalfa Improvements || PRESENTATION
Charlie Brummer, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  13:40 Gene Editing in Alfalfa
Zeng-Yu Wang, Qingdao Agricultural University - Qingdao, China
  14:00 Genomic Selection for Alfalfa
Esteban Rios, University of Florida - Gainesville, FL USA
  14:20 Alfalfa Genome Sequencing || PRESENTATION
Tao Wang, China Agricultural University - Beijing, China
  14:40 Lightning Talks || PRESENTATIONS
      What Have We Learned from 20 Years of Breeding for Alfalfa Root System Architecture?
    Zhanyou Xu, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
      Salinity Effects on the Performance of Alfalfa Populations in a Semiarid Environment of Argentina
    Monica Cornacchione, INTA - Santiago del Estero, Argentina
      Salinity Tolerance & Forage Quality Comparison for Four Varieties of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
    Victoria De Leon, California State University - Fresno, CA USA
  15:00 Break/Exhibits/Posters
Concurrent Sessions • Session V: Modelling, Growth, & Physiology
Town & Country A
Moderator: Charlie Brummer, University of California, Davis
  15:30 Modelling Growth & Quality of the Alfalfa-Livestock System || PRESENTATION
Derrick Moot, Lincoln University - Christchurch, New Zealand
  15:50 Simulating Alfalfa Growth Dynamics of Fall Dormancy Classes Across Environments || PRESENTATION
Ken Boote, University of Florida - Gainesville, FL USA
  16:10 Modelling Alfalfa Yield Response to Limited Water || PRESENTATION
Isaya Kisekka, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  16:30 Lightning Talks || PRESENTATIONS
      Prospects for Improving Alfalfa Yield Using Genomic- & Phenomic-Based Breeding
    Matt Francis, University of California - Davis, CA USA
      Evaluating Alfalfa Salinity Tolerance in the Field: What are the Challenges?
    Sharon Benes, California State University - Fresno, CA USA
      Surface Irrigation Using Cloud-Based Automation, Sensors, & Data Analytics
    Peter Moller, Rubicon Water - Imperial, CA USA
      Remote Sensing-Based Estimation of Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) Forage Yield &
    Quality Under Drought Using Multispectral & LiDAR Imagery
    Umair Gull, University of Agriculture - Faisalabad, Punjab Pakistan
Concurrent Sessions • Session VI: Soil Health & Fertility
Town & Country B
Moderator: Leonard Lauriault, New Mexico State University
  15:30 Economics of Alfalfa Fertilization Under Inflated Hay & Fertilizer Prices || PRESENTATION
Steve Norberg, Washington State University - Pasco, WA USA
  15:50 Alfalfa Response to P & K in Association with Calcium, Magnesium, & Harvest Time || PRESENTATION
Anowar Islam, University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY USA
  16:10 Quantifying N Credits of Alfalfa in Rotation
Kim Cassida, Michigan State University - Lansing, MI USA
  16:30 Lightning Talks || PRESENTATIONS
      Attacking the Yield Plateau: Assessing Nutrient Status of Kentucky Alfalfa Stands
    William Fleming, University of Kentucky - Princeton, KY USA
      Can a Second Nitrogen Fixing Bacteria Add Value to Alfalfa?
    John Squire, Azotic Technologies - South Jordan, UT USA
      Impact of Fertilizer Price & Hay Price on Optimum Rate of Phosphorus & Potassium
    Fertilization of Irrigated Alfalfa
    Steve Norberg, Washington State University - Pasco, WA USA
  17:00 Poster Session/Exhibits  click to view poster abstracts
  18:00 California Beach Dinner Party - Flamingo Lawn
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2022
MAIN CONFERENCE
  7:00 Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast/Posters
Session VII: Water Issues & Utilization Opportunities with Alfalfa
Town & Country A
Moderator: Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
  8:00 Facing Realities of Water Limitations in the Western US || PRESENTATION
Daniel Keppen, Family Farm Alliance - Klamath Falls, OR USA
  8:20 When You Just Don't Have Enough: Producing Irrigated Alfalfa Under Deficit Conditions || PRESENTATION
Matt Yost, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  8:40 Opportunities for Alfalfa Protein Extraction || PRESENTATION
Jo Heuschele, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  9:10 Separating Clover & Alfalfa Leaves During Harvest to Provide Protein for Pigs or Poultry || PRESENTATION
Heinz Bernhardt, Technical University of Munich - Munich, Germany
  9:30 Lightning Talks
      Development of New Alfalfa Products in Combination with Almond Hulls for Emerging
    Domestic & International Markets
|| PRESENTATION
    Katherine Swanson, University of California - Davis, CA USA
      Crop Water Productivity of Alfalfa Under Different Cutting Schedules
    Abdelmoneim Mohamed, University of California Kearney Research & Extension Center - Parlier, CA USA
  10:00 Break/Exhibits/Posters
Session VIII: Forages, Climate, & Soil Health
Town & Country A
Moderator: Christian Huyghe, INRAE
  10:30 Climate Change & Forage Production || PRESENTATION
Alan Rotz, USDA-ARS - University Park, PA USA
  10:50 Can Alfalfa Improve Soil Carbon Storage? || PRESENTATION
Josh Gamble, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  11:10 Soil Health & Biological Benefits of Alfalfa Rotations || PRESENTATION
Nicole Tautges, Michael Fields Institute - East Troy, WI USA
  11:30 Tackling Realities of Animal Carbon Emissions & Its Link to Forage Carbon Cycling || PRESENTATION
Frank Mitloehner, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  11:50 Lightning Talks || PRESENTATIONS
      Soil Health in Alfalfa Receiving Full & Deficit Irrigation
    Michelle Leinfelder-Miles, University of California Cooperative Extension - Stockton, CA USA
      Microbial Community Analysis for Identification of Novel Alfalfa Pathogens
    Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  12:00 Lunch/Exhibits/Posters
Concurrent Sessions • Session IX: World Trade in Alfalfa & Hay Crops
Town & Country A
Moderator: Mike Davidson, Sage Hill Northwest Inc
  13:30 Reviewing Export Statistics || PRESENTATION
Dan Sumner, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  13:45 Regulatory Perspectives on World Trade || PRESENTATION
John Szczepanski, U.S. Forage Export Council - Portland, OR USA
  14:00 Forage Trade Perspectives (Panel)
Bill Plourd, El Toro Export - San Diego, CA USA || PRESENTATION
Jose Miguel Ochoa, Alfeed - Huesca, Spain || PRESENTATION
Rommel Castellanos, Global Consultant
Pierre Begoc, Désialis - Paris, France
Jason Liu, Consultant - Beijing, China
Zhuomeng Yang, Beijing HDR Trading - Beijing, China
Concurrent Sessions • Session X: Alfalfa Systems & Grazing
Town & Country B
Moderator: Krista Lea, University of Kentucky
  13:30 Alfalfa Grazing Systems in Argentina || PRESENTATION
Daniel Basigalup, INTA - Argentina
  13:50 Integrated Systems for Harvest Management || PRESENTATION
Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia - Tifton, GA USA
  14:10 Intercropping Alfalfa with Corn || PRESENTATION
John Grabber, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center - Madison, WI USA
  14:30 Lightning Talks || PRESENTATIONS
      Producer & Consumer Survey: Increasing Alfalfa Hay Sales to Horse Owners
    Krista Lea, University of Kentucky - Lexington, KY USA
      Effects of Irrigation Frequency & Cutting Schedules on Yield, Crop Water Productivity, &
    Forage Quality of Alfalfa Variety in California's Central Valley
    Sultan Begna, USDA-ARS - Parlier, CA USA
      Alfalfa Planting Date Influences Nutritive Value in the Semiarid US Southwest
    Leonard Lauriault, New Mexico State University - Tucumcari, NM USA
      Long-Term Effects of Fall Dormancy & Grazing Frequency on Forage Production &
    Consumption of Lucerne
    Sabrina Miri, Gentos SA - Chacabuco, Buenos Aires Argentina
      Long-Term Effects of Fall Dormancy & Grazing Frequency on Root Biomass of Lucerne Pastures
    Federico Sciarretta, Gentos SA - Chacabuco, Buenos Aires Argentina
  15:00 Break/Exhibits/Posters
Concurrent Sessions • Session XI: Breeding Alfalfa for the Future
Town & Country A
Moderator: Virginia Moore, Cornell University
  15:30 Alfalfa Breeding with Implementation of Molecular Tools || PRESENTATION
Bernadette Julier, INRAE - Lusignan, France
  15:50 Breeding for Alfalfa Compatibility with Corn
Heathcliffe Riday, USDA-ARS - Madison, WI USA
  16:10 Utilizing Wild Relatives in Alfalfa Breeding || PRESENTATION
Alan Humphries, SARDI - Adelaide, Australia
  16:30 Breeding Objectives for the Future (Panel)
Charlie Brummer, University of California - Davis, CA USA
Steve Damon, Corteva Agriscience - West Salem, WI USA
Joe Bouton, University of Georgia - Athens, GA USA
Federico Sciarretta, Gentos - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Xuefeng Ma, Forage Genetics International - USA
Concurrent Sessions • Session XII: Innovations in Forage Equipment
Town & Country B
Moderator: Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  15:30 Quantifying Machinery Traffic During Alfalfa Harvest & Assessing Yield & Forage Quality Impact
Brian Luck, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI USA
  15:50 Innovative Method of Drying Hay || PRESENTATION
Ed Shaw, Agri Green Enterprises Inc and I Q Forage ltd - Carstairs, AB Canada
  16:10 Using a DewPoint Steamer to Minimize Leaf Loss During Hay Baling || PRESENTATION
Logan Staheli, Staheli West - Cedar City, UT USA
  16:30 Using NIRS Leaf Percentage Analysis to Determine Harvest Efficiency || PRESENTATION
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI USA