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Commodities: Field Crops: Forages

Feb. 16, 2017 12:30 - 5 p.m. | UGA Livestock Instructional Arena | Athens, GA
Mar. 23, 2017 12:30 - 5 p.m. | Walker Co. Ag Center | Rock Springs, GA

Overview

Tall fescue is one of the most important forage grasses in the U.S. It is planted on around 40 million acres across the country. But, much of this tall fescue is infected with a toxin-producing endophyte (fungus living inside of a plant). The toxic endophyte in tall fescue is reportly responsible for over $2 billion in lost animal performance each year.

The UGA Forage Extension Program is proud to announce an in-depth workshop which detailed the mechanisms of fescue toxicosis and provided management strategies to prevent or deal with these challenges.

Agenda (pdf)

 

12:00 p.m.    Lunch is served.

12:30            Sign-in & Get Notebooks/ Materials

  1:00            Welcome & Introductions

Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Assoc. Professor and Forage Extension Specialist

County Extension Faculty

  1:10            Tall Fescue: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly

Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Assoc. Professor and Forage Extension Specialist

  1:30            The Effect of Alkaloids in Toxic Tall Fescue on the Animal

Dr. Nick Hill, Professor, Crop & Soil Sciences Dept., UGA - Athens 

  2:00            Grazing Tall Fescue: A Review of Animal Production Trials

Dr. Jennifer Tucker, Asst. Professor, Animal & Dairy Sciences Dept., UGA - Tifton

  2:30            Break

  3:00            Tall Fescue Toxicosis: The State of the Science

Dr. Glen Aiken, Research Leader and Animal Scientist, USDA-ARS Forage- Animal Production Research Unit, Lexington, KY

  3:45            Management Recommendations to Minimize or Eliminate Fescue

                      Toxicosis

Dr. Dennis Hancock, UGA Assoc. Professor and Forage Extension Specialist

  4:15            Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue: 17 Years of Market Experience

Chris Agee, Pennington Seed Company

  4:45            Tall Fescue Breeding Efforts at UGA

Dr. Ali Missaoui, Assoc. Professor and Forage Breeder, Crop & Soil Sci. Dept., UGA

  5:00            Panel Discussion

 

Program Handouts

  1. Tall Fescue: The Good, Bad, and the Ugly
  2. The Effect of Alkaloids in Toxic Tall Fescue on the Animal
  3. Grazing Tall Fescue: A Review of Animal Production Trials
  4. Tall Fescue Toxicosis: The State of the Science
  5. Management Recommendations to Minimize or Eliminate Fescue

    Toxicosis

  6. Novel Endophyte Tall Fescue: 17 Years of Market Experience
  7. Tall Fescue Breeding Efforts at UGA

                      

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