Southwestern Oregon Hay Growers Association

Southwestern Oregon Hay Growers Association

& Oregon State University Extension Service

Business Meeting ~ Educational Program

Tuesday, July 21, 2015 (6:30 to 8:30 am)

OSU Extension Service/Josephine County

215 Ringuette St, Grants Pass 541-476-6613

Schedule (times are approximate)

6:30 AM Continental Breakfast

7:00 AM Business Meeting (~1 hr)

8:00 AM Educational program (~30 min)

Business Meeting Agenda

1. Introductions – Please join us!

2. SWOGHA – Who we are and what we do!

3. Confirmation of SWOGHA Officers & Board of Directors

4. Hay Market Report

5. Cooperative ventures – how hay growers and others can work together to improve hay production in southwestern Oregon.

6. Educational Efforts

a. Hay King Contests past and future – fall

b. Summer meetings – format, time, place

Educational Program

Using Potential & Current Forage Yield Data in Management Decisions

SPEAKER: Shelby Filley, Regional Livestock & Forages Specialist, OSU Extension Service

Physical characteristics, soil fertility, and management of hayfields and pastures all contribute to forage productivity of the land you work. Shelby will share information on potential productivity of different forages on selective soil types in the western Oregon. The information can be used to determine differences between potential and current yield for use in making decisions on inputs (fertilizer, irrigation, fencing, time, etc.).

Bring a map of your ranch soils and records for your hay production and pasture use so you can get the most out of the presentation. Here is some information to help if you need:

1. Production Potential – Web Soil Survey (http://websoilsurvey.sc.egov.usda.gov/) is a Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) website where you can get a soils map on your farm.

2. Current Yield – See publication Greener Pastures: Improving Forage Production. Ask for a copy or find it at: http://extension.oregonstate.edu/douglas/sites/default/files/documents/lf/lnf0702greener.pdf.

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