LINNEUS, Mo. – Learn a new way to ammoniate low-quality forages at the Winter Feeding Workshop, 1-4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22. University of Missouri Extension and the MU Forage Systems Research Center sponsor the event at the research farm in Linn County.
Most of Missouri’s 2015 hay crop was baled late in summer and expected to be of poor quality, says MU Extension agronomist Valerie Tate. Ammoniation improves hay’s nutrient value and digestibility.
Usually, anhydrous ammonia is piped into poor-quality hay bales that have been stacked in a pyramid and covered with a plastic tarp.
FSRC superintendent Dave Davis suggests wrapping dry hay in plastic used to make baleage from high-moisture hay. Ammonia is piped into the line of wrapped bales.
Tate says this keeps ammonia from seeping into the soil and being wasted.
Producers also will learn the value of testing hay quality, supplements and management. Other topics include grazing stockpiled forages and hay sampling and testing.
To learn more, contact Davis at 660-895-5121 or Tate at 660-895-5123 or [email protected].
FSRC, part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is between Brookfield and Linneus at 21262 Genoa Road. It is reached off state Route FF from U.S. Highway 36, or off state Route P from state Highway 5 at Linneus. For a map and detailed directions, go to http://fsrc.cafnr.org/contact.