"Some of the most knowledgeable forage
agronomists in the Midwest will headline the meetings," said Dave
Seibert, U of I Extension animal systems educator based in East
Peoria. "With the proper species, fertility and management, pastures
can be one of the most profitable areas for agriculture.
"However, most pastures are not
developed to their potential, and the resulting performance of the
livestock grazing those pastures is disappointing."
Expert agronomists will discuss the
various pasture forage species and will talk about combining them
into mixtures to provide high-quality grazing throughout the year.
Techniques to extend the grazing season into winter and improve
fertility are also on the agenda.
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Participants should preregister by July
12. There is a $10 registration fee for the Lewistown and Carrollton
locations. Late and at-door registration for those locations is $15.
At the Springfield location, there is no registration fee but
participants must preregister.
or obtain information about times and locations, contact the local
Extension office. For the Lewistown seminar, contact Rhonda Ferree
at the Fulton County Extension office, (309) 547-3711. Diane Duewer
at the Sangamon County Extension office, (217) 782-4617, is the
contact for the Springfield seminar. For the Carrollton seminar,
contact Rick Keim at Greene County Extension, (217) 942-6996.
of Illinois news release]