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Focus on Profitable Pastures

Unlocking the profit potential of pastures is the focus of Profitable Pastures for Northern Illinois workshops hosted by University of Illinois Extension on February 14 at US Bank in Pecatonica and on February 15 at the Homestead in Woodhull. The program runs from 9:25 am to 3 pm with registration beginning at 9 am. “Graziers will gain practical information and ideas that can be taken back to the farm and put to use,” reports Jim Morrison, Crop Systems Educator. “The workshop is designed to assist graziers in fine-tuning their management skills and strategies that will result in profitable pastures.”

Charlie Brummer, Iowa State University forage crop breeder will discuss “What’s New in Legumes?” Dave Feltes, Extension IPM Educator will comment on “Managing Thistles, Wild Carrot, and Multiflora Rose.”

“Managing Forage Plant Disorders” will be presented by Justin Sexten, Extension specialist beef, and Jim Morrison, Extension Crops Educator will share suggestions for “Improving Pastures by Renovation.”

Dean Oswald, Extension Animal Systems Educator, will illustrate “Illini-Graze: How it Can Help Graziers”, and Steve Hollister, NRCS Agronomist will talk about “EQIP Contracts-Make them Work for You.” A grazier panel will round out the workshop commenting on “How I Profit from Pastures.” A $20.00 pre-registration fee per person for lunch and handout material is due one week prior to the workshop. Registration at the door will be $25.00 per person. For more information and to register for the February 14 workshop contact Winnebago County Extension, 815-986-4357, and for February 15 contact Henry-Stark County Extension, 309-853-1533.

Continuing education units for Certified Crop Advisers have been requested. The workshops are co-sponsored by Illinois Forage and Grassland Council, USDA Risk Management Agency, and University of Illinois Extension.

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