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The 6th Southeast Hay Convention is planned for March 11-12, 2014 at the Oconee County Civic Center with some field demos planned on the J. Phil Campbell Research and Education Center (map) in Watkinsville, GA. This event follows on the resounding success of our previous programs. This two-day workshop will focus on techniques for producing high yields of high quality hay and baleage, along with marketing and sales advice. Topics are detailed below in the Program Details section (and a complete Agenda will be forthcoming

The 2014 Southeast Hay Convention will be valuable to serious hay producers who seek to learn more about modern hay-making techniques. This program is dedicated to those who are serious about commercial hay production and those who would like a thorough, “A to Z coverage” of the subject. We pride ourselves in the fact that this training is  unique in the Southeast, as it is essentially the only program of its kind. Below is an outline of the major topics that will be covered.

Presentation Topics:

  1. Hay Production Economics and Outlook
  2. Climate Outlook and Implications for the Hay Market
  3. Fertilization Outlook for Hay Producers
  4. Problem Weeds and What to Do About Them
  5. Problem Insects and What to Do About Them
  6. Forage Bermudagrass Varieties for Southeastern Hay Producers
  7. Alfalfa and Perennial Peanut Production in the South
  8. Winter Annual Grass Varieties
  9. Key Steps in Forage Establishment
  10. Baled Silage
  11. How to Cure and Handle High Quality Hay
  12. Preventing Hay Molding and Heating
  13. Hay Storage Systems
  14. Evaluating New Hay Enterprises
  15. Marketing Tips
  16. Defining Forage Nutritional Value
  17. Meeting Quality Demands of the Market and Ensuring Repeat  Business
  18. Forage Sampling Methods and Tools
  19. Soil Sampling and Interpreting Results
  20. Fine-Tuning Fertilization in Your Hayfields
  21. and MUCH MORE!

Early-bird registration for the Southeast Hay Convention is $150 for the first person from a family or farm and late registration is $175. Additional persons from the same family or farm are $100 if registering early or $125 if registering late. Included in your registration fee is a 400+ pg. Southeast Hay Convention notebook, a weed ID book, two lunches, freshments, and other resourses. Registration for the Southeast Hay Convention will be available online in the coming days. Until then, you can get a jump start on everyone else by  downloading this printable form, filling it out and mailing or faxing it back to us.

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