Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross speak with Regional Livestock Specialist with the University of Missouri Extension Amie Schleicher :

Amie Schleicher

Hay production and pasture management sessions will be included during the Pearls of Production: Women in Agriculture conference coming up in early November.  Schleicher discussed  just a few of the topics that will be covered.  “We’re going to get back to some basic things like forage identification,” said Schleicher, “Sometimes we try to identify what’s in our pastures or hay fields and that’s easy to do if it’s got a seed head, but we’re going to talk about forage and weed i.d.  It’s important to be able to identify what we’ve got and those are good, basic skills for the ladies to have.”

“We’re also going to get into physiology,” said Schleicher,” We will look at why we have to manage forages the way we do and that has to do with different forages growing different ways.  We will also talk about quality, what it means, why it’s important, and how we measure it.  We will practice taking a hay test, look at sample results, and then putting those into practice.”

The conference is scheduled for November 7th-8th at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites in Columbia.  More information can be located at the Pearls of Production website.