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2022 WORLD ALFALFA CONGRESS AGENDA
Profitable Alfalfa Production Sustains the Environment
November 14-17, 2022

-Subject to Change-

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2022
ALFALFA IRRIGATION & PEST MANAGEMENT TRAINING WORKSHOPS
Workshops will run concurrently and feature training in alfalfa irrigation and pest management offered by experts in the field. Meant for practitioners (farmers, advisors) for practical management of the crop. Focus will be on agronomic practices in the United States, but information will be of wide use to farmers and advisors in many parts of the world. There will be presentations, 'hands-on' demonstrations, Q&A, and problem-solving. Participants will have the opportunity to move between sessions. PCA/CCA credits provided.
*Please note, if attending virtually, hands-on demonstrations will be videotaped for later posting.
Workshop I – Irrigation & Water Management
  8:00 Importance of Irrigation in Alfalfa
Daniel Putnam, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  8:20 Principles of Evapotranspiration & How to Measure
Jason Kelly, USDA-ARS - Parlier, CA USA
  8:50 Flow Monitoring Methods for Better Irrigation Management
Larry Forero, UCCE - Redding, CA USA
  9:20 Principles of Scheduling Irrigation & Soil Moisture Monitoring
Troy Peters, Washington State University - Prosser, WA USA
  10:00 Break
  10:30 Designing Irrigation Systems Considering Water Supply, Soil Types, & Economics
Dustin Larson, Wish - Pocatello, ID USA
  11:30 Advances in Surface Irrigation Management in Alfalfa
Khaled Bali, University of California Kearney Research & Extension Center - Parlier, CA USA
  12:00 Lunch
  13:00 Advances in Sprinkler Irrigation in Alfalfa
Matt Yost, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  13:30 Optimizing Drip Irrigation in Alfalfa
Dominic Rossini, Netafim America - Fresno, CA USA
  14:00 Deficit Irrigation Strategies
Ali Montazar, University of California Cooperative Extension - CA USA
  14:30 Salinity Management Strategies
Sharon Benes, Fresno State University - Fresno, CA USA
  15:00 Break
  15:30 Alfalfa Yield/Quality Prediction Tool
Isaya Kisseka, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  16:00 Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems
Matt Yost, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  16:30 Innovations in Irrigation Technology
TBD
  17:00 Reception, Poster Session, Exhibits  click to view poster abstracts
Workshop II – Pest Management
  8:00 Welcome & Introduction
Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  8:05 Principles of Integrated Pest Management in Alfalfa
Rachael Long, University of California Cooperative Extension - CA USA
  8:30 Understanding the Agronomic Practices Impacting Pest Management
Daniel Putnam, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  9:00 Weed Management in Alfalfa: Stand Establishment
Earl Creech, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  9:30 Weed Management in Alfalfa: Weed Control in Established Alfalfa
Tom Getts, University of California Cooperative Extension - Susanville, CA USA
  10:00 Break
  10:30 Weed ID
TBD
  11:00 Key Alfalfa Diseases
Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  11:30 Nematodes in Alfalfa
Don Miller, Corteva Agriscience - Nampa, ID USA
  12:00 Lunch
  13:00 Insects: Long-Season Environments
Michael Rethwisch, University of California Cooperative Extension - CA USA
  13:25 Insects: Short Season Environments
TBD
  13:50 Strategies for Rodent Management
Roger Baldwin, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  14:15 Test Your Pest IQ
Earl Creech, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  14:40 How Are Pesticides Registered & Approved?
Jesse Richardson, Corteva Agriscience - Phoenix, AZ USA
  15:00 Break
  15:30 Wind Tunnel Demonstration of Sprays
Corey Ransom, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  16:00 Diagnosing Problems in the Field
Tim Hays - Lancaster, CA USA
  16:30 Industry Updates
  17:00 Reception, Poster Session, Exhibits  click to view poster abstracts
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022
MAIN CONFERENCE
  7:00 Exhibits/Continental Breakfast
Opening Ceremony
  8:00 Welcome
Tom Vilsack, US Department of Agriculture Secretary (invited)
Karen Ross, California Department of Food & Agriculture Secretary
Session I: Alfalfa in a Global Context
Moderator: Charlie Brummer, University of California, Davis
  8:20 Profitable Alfalfa Production Sustains the Environment
Daniel Putnam, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  8:40 How Alfalfa Markets Work in North America
Josh Callen, The Hoyt Report - Twin Falls, ID USA
  9:00 Economics of World Forage Trade
Dan Sumner, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  9:20 Challenges & Opportunities for Alfalfa Moving Forward
Dennis Hancock, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center - Madison, WI USA
  10:00 Break
Session II: Alfalfa in an Ecological Context
Moderator: Daniel Basigalup, INTA
  10:30 Setting the Scene of Alfalfa Ecosystem Services at the Rotation & Territory Levels: Toward a Better Use of Alfalfa
Christian Huyghe, INRAE - Paris, France
  10:50 Cropping Alfalfa for Biodiversity Restoration, Including Soil Microbial Issues
Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND USA
  11:10 Alfalfa for Better Management of Farm Scale Nitrogen
Ying Jun Zhang, China Agricultural University - Beijing, China
  11:30 Summing Alfalfa Benefits in Agroecosystems
Emily Meccage, Forage Genetics International - Muncy, PA USA
  12:00 Lunch
Concurrent Sessions • Session III: Forage Quality & Utilization
Moderator: Dave Taysom, Dairyland Laboratories
  13:30 Defining Quality in Alfalfa (Deconstructing the Plant)
David Weakley, Forage Genetics International - Gray Summit, MO USA
  13:50 Linking Forage Quality with Economic Value
Bill Weiss, The Ohio State University - Wooster, OH USA
  14:10 Opportunities for Global Standardization of Quality Measurement
Ralph Ward, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services - Waynesboro, PA USA
  14:30 Lightning Talks
Concurrent Sessions • Session IV: Genetics, Biotech, & Genomics
Moderator: Matt Francis, University of California, Davis
  13:30 Gene Editing in Alfalfa
Zeng-Yu Wang, Qingdao Agricultural University - Qingdao, China
  13:50 Genomic Selection for Alfalfa
Esteban Rios, University of Florida - Gainesville, FL USA
  14:10 Alfalfa Genome Sequencing
Tao Wang, China Agricultural University - Beijing, China
  14:30 Lightning Talks
  15:00 Break
Concurrent Sessions • Session V: Modelling, Growth, & Physiology
Moderator: Alejandro Andrade-Rodriguez, University of Nevada, Reno
  15:30 Modelling Growth & Quality of the Alfalfa-Livestock System
Derrick Moot, Lincoln University - Christchurch, New Zealand
  15:50 Simulating Alfalfa Growth Dynamics of Fall Dormancy Classes Across Environments
Ken Boote, University of Florida - Gainesville, FL USA
  16:10 Modelling Alfalfa Yield Response to Limited Water
Isaya Kisekka, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  16:30 Lightning Talks
Concurrent Sessions • Session VI: Soil Health & Fertility
Moderator: Leonard Lauriault, New Mexico State University
  15:30 Economics of Alfalfa Fertilization Under Inflated Hay & Fertilizer Prices
Steve Norberg, Washington State University - Pasco, WA USA
  15:50 Alfalfa Response to Phosphorus & Potassium in Association with Calcium,
Magnesium, & Harvest Time
Anowar Islam, University of Wyoming - Laramie, WY USA
  16:10 Water Use & Crop Productivity of Alfalfa-Wheat Rotation Systems in Rainfed Areas
Yuying Shen, Lanzhou University - Lanzhou, China
  16:30 Quantifying N Credits of Alfalfa in Rotation
Kim Cassida, Michigan State University - Lansing, MI USA
  17:00 Poster Session, Exhibits  click to view poster abstracts
  19:00 California Beach Dinner Party
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2022
MAIN CONFERENCE
  7:00 Exhibits/Continental Breakfast
Session VII: Water Issues & Utilization Opportunities with Alfalfa
Moderator: Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
  8:00 Facing Realities of Water Limitations in the Western US
Daniel Keppen, Family Farm Alliance - Malin, OR USA
  8:20 When You Just Don't Have Enough: Producing Irrigated Alfalfa Under Deficit Conditions
Matt Yost, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  8:40 Opportunities for Alfalfa Protein Extraction
Jo Heuschele, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  9:10 Separating Clover & Alfalfa Leaves During Harvest to Provide Protein for Pigs or Poultry
Heinz Bernhardt, Technical University of Munich - Munich, Germany
  9:30 Lightning Talks
  10:00 Break
Session VIII: Forages, Climate, & Soil Health
Moderator: Christian Huyghe, INRAE
  10:30 Climate Change & Forage Production
Alan Rotz, USDA-ARS - University Park, PA USA
  10:50 Can Alfalfa Provide Valuable Carbon Ecological Services?
Josh Gamble, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  11:10 Soil Health & Biological Benefits of Alfalfa Rotations
Nicole Tautges, Michael Fields Institute - East Troy, WI USA
  11:30 Tackling Realities of Animal Carbon Emissions & its Link to Forage Carbon Cycling
Frank Mitloener, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  12:00 Lunch
Concurrent Sessions • Session IX: World Trade in Alfalfa & Hay Crops
Moderator: Mike Davidson, Sage Hill Northwest Inc
  13:30 Reviewing Export Statistics
Bill Matthews, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  13:45 Regulatory Perspectives on World Trade
John Szczepanski, U.S. Forage Export Council - Portland, OR USA
  14:00 Forage Trade Perspectives (Panel)
Jeff Calaway, Calaway Trading - Ellensburg, WA USA
Bill Plourd, El Toro Export - San Diego, CA USA
Jose Miguel Ochoa, Alfeed - Huesca, Spain
Rommel Castellanos, Global Consultant
Pierre Begoc, Désialis - Paris, France
Jason Liu, Consultant - Beijing, China
Yang Zhuomeng, Beijing HDR Trading - Beijing, China
Concurrent Sessions • Session X: Alfalfa Systems & Grazing
Moderator: Krista Lea, University of Kentucky
  13:30 Optimizing Alfalfa Grazing Systems in Argentina
Anibal Pordomingo, INTA - Anguil, Argentina
  13:50 Integrated Systems for Harvest Management
Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia - Tifton, GA USA
  14:10 Intercropping Alfalfa with Corn
John Grabber, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center - Madison, WI USA
  14:30 Discussion & Lightning Talks
  15:00 Break
Concurrent Sessions • Session XI: Breeding Alfalfa for the Future
Moderator: Virginia Moore, Cornell University
  15:30 Alfalfa Breeding with Implementation of Molecular Tools
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
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
Frederico Sciarretta, Gentos - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Bill Knipe, Forage Genetics International - Nampa, ID USA
Concurrent Sessions • Session XII: Innovations in Forage Equipment
Moderator: Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin, Madison
  15:30 Quantifying Machinery Traffic During Alfalfa Harvest & Assessing the Impact on
Yield & Forage Quality
Brian Luck, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI USA
  15:50 Innovative Method of Drying Hay
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
Logan Staheli, Staheli West - Cedar City, UT USA
  16:30 Using NIRS Leaf Percentage Analysis to Determining Harvest Efficiency
Dan Undersander, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI USA
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 2022
FIELD TOUR OF IMPERIAL VALLEY, CA
This is one of the most fascinating agricultural areas in the world, and November will feature an active field season. Imperial Valley is a significant producer of winter vegetables, seeds for planting, fruit and nut crops, durum wheat for pasta production, dairy and livestock, alfalfa and grass hays. Discover how the diversity of low- and high-value crops interact to provide sustainable crop production. Products are shipped globally. The excess summer heat, water supply, salinity, and (often) difficult soils, challenge the skills of farmers. They have made it into one of the most productive desert crop production areas of the world, with gravity-fed irrigation systems.
Bus will depart at 7:00 and return at 18:30.
Click here to see full tour schedule.