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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.
  7:00 Registration
Workshop I – Irrigation & Water Management Town & Country C
  Moderator: Khaled Bali, University of California Kearney Research & Extension Center
  8:00 Importance of Irrigation in Alfalfa
Daniel Putnam, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  8:20 Principles of Evapotranspiration & How to Measure
Jason Kelley, 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 BreakFoyer
  Moderator: Matt Yost, Utah State University
  10:30 Designing Irrigation Systems Considering Water Supply, Soil Types, & Economics
Dustin Larsen, 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 LunchTown & Country B
  Moderator: Glenn Shewmaker, Professor Emeritus, University of Idaho
  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 - Holtville, CA USA
  14:30 Salinity Management Strategies
Sharon Benes, Fresno State University - Fresno, CA USA
  15:00 BreakFoyer
  Moderator: Troy Peters, Washington State University
  15:30 Alfalfa Yield/Quality Prediction Tool
Isaya Kisseka, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  15:45 Troubleshooting Irrigation Systems
Matt Yost, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  16:15 Innovations in Irrigation Technology
      Using Telemetry to Manage Irrigations
    Tom Menne, Menne Ranch - Fresno, CA USA
      Use of Effluent Water through SDI
    Domonic Rossini, Netafim - Fresno, CA USA
      Automation of Surface Irrigation
    Peter Moller, Rubicon Water - Imperial, CA USA
      Sustainable Water Management Software
    Fred Darland, Darland Water - Mendocino, CA USA
      Water & Nutrient Management
    Alejandra Alvarez, SWAN Systems - Fresno, CA USA
      Wheel Lines for the 21st Century
    Dana Mohr, HydroSide Systems - Post Falls, ID USA
      AI & Irrigation: What's Next in Water Management
    Sean Boyd, Prospera Technologies - Austin, TX USA
  17:00 Reception/Poster Session/Exhibits  click to view poster abstracts
Workshop II – Pest Management Town & Country D
  Moderator: Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
  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 - Woodland, 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 BreakFoyer
  Moderator: Tom Getts, University of California Cooperative Extension
  10:30 Weed ID & Herbicide Injury
Corey Ransom, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
Earl Creech, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  11:00 Key Alfalfa Diseases
Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS - St. Paul, MN USA
  11:30 Nematodes in Alfalfa
Don Miller, Alforex Seeds/Corteva Agriscience - Nampa, ID USA
  12:00 LunchTown & Country B
  Moderator: Rachael Long, University of California Cooperative Extension
  13:00 Insects with Piercing-Sucking Mouthparts (Aphid Complex, Leafhoppers, Mites)
Michael Rethwisch, University of California Cooperative Extension - Blythe, CA USA
  13:25 Insects with Chewing Mouthparts (Alfalfa Weevil, Caterpillars, Grasshoppers)
Kevin Wanner, Montana State University - Boseman, MT USA
  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 From Lab to Label: Pesticide Development
Jesse Richardson, Corteva Agriscience - Mesa, AZ USA
  15:00 BreakFoyer
  Moderator: Earl Creech, Utah State University
  15:30 Wind Tunnel Demonstration of Sprays
Corey Ransom, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
Earl Creech, Utah State University - Logan, UT USA
  16:00 Diagnosing Problems in the Field
Tim Hays - Lancaster, CA USA
  16:30 Industry Updates
      Corteva Crop Protection Tools for Alfalfa
    Stacey Swanson, Corteva Agriscience - Riverside, CA USA
      Chitosan, Crop Input
    Tom Wood, Organisan - Carrolton, GA USA
      Protec-T for Gopher Management in SDI
    Doug Larson, Ag Water Chemical - Fresno, CA USA
  17:00 Reception/Poster Session/Exhibits  click to view poster abstracts
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2022
MAIN CONFERENCE
Click underlined titles to view abstracts and bios
  7:00 Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast/Posters
Opening Ceremony (Translation Instructions)
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 (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country A
Moderator: Dan Wiersma, Corteva Agriscience
  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, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center - Madison, WI USA
  10:00 Break/Exhibits/Posters
Session II: Alfalfa in an Ecological Context (Translation Instructions)
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
Christian Huyghe, INRAE - Paris, France
  10:50 Cropping Alfalfa for Biodiversity Restoration Above & Belowground
Marisol Berti, North Dakota State University - Fargo, ND USA
  11:10 Alfalfa for Better Management of Farm Scale Nitrogen
Yingjun Zhang, China Agricultural University - Beijing, China
  11:30 Ecosystem Services of Perennial Forages
Priscila Pinto, University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI USA
  12:00 Lunch/Exhibits/Posters
Concurrent Sessions • Session III: Forage Quality & Utilization (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country A
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 What is the Future of Forage Testing - Discussion
Concurrent Sessions • Session IV: Genetics, Biotech, & Genomics (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country B
Moderator: Glenda Gehl, Forage Genetics International
  13:30 New Horizons in Alfalfa Improvements
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
Tao Wang, China Agricultural University - Beijing, China
  14:40 Lightning Talks
      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 (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country A
Moderator: Charlie Brummer, University of California, Davis
  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
      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 (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country B
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 P & K in Association with Calcium, Magnesium, & Harvest Time
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
      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 (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country A
Moderator: Deborah Samac, USDA-ARS
  8:00 Facing Realities of Water Limitations in the Western US
Daniel Keppen, Family Farm Alliance - Klamath Falls, 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
      Development of New Alfalfa Products in Combination with Almond Hulls for Emerging
    Domestic & International Markets
    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 (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country A
Moderator: Christian Huyghe, INRAE
  10:30 Climate Change & Forage Production
Alan Rotz, USDA-ARS - University Park, PA USA
  10:50 Can Alfalfa Improve Soil Carbon Storage?
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 Mitloehner, University of California - Davis, CA USA
  11:50 Lightning Talks
      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 (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country A
Moderator: Mike Davidson, Sage Hill Northwest Inc
  13:30 Reviewing Export Statistics
Dan Sumner, 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)
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
Zhuomeng Yang, Beijing HDR Trading - Beijing, China
Concurrent Sessions • Session X: Alfalfa Systems & Grazing (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country B
Moderator: Krista Lea, University of Kentucky
  13:30 Alfalfa Grazing Systems in Argentina
Daniel Basigalup, INTA - Argentina
  13:50 Integrated Systems for Harvest Management
Jennifer Tucker, University of Georgia - Tifton, GA USA
  14:10 Intercropping Alfalfa with Corn
John Grabber, USDA-ARS, U.S. Dairy Forage Research Center - Madison, WI USA
  14:30 Lightning Talks
      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 (Translation Instructions)
Town & Country A
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
Federico Sciarretta, Gentos - Buenos Aires, Argentina
Xuefeng Ma, Forage Genetics International - USA
Concurrent Sessions • Session XII: Innovations in Forage Equipment (Translation Instructions)
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
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 Determine 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.