Chopping Forage in Franklin County Photo: Ron Hoover, Penn State
Join a team consisting of Penn State research and extension specialists, farmers, and farm advisors for a full-day conference to be held from 9:30 until 2:30 on Wednesday March 28th. The event will take place near Port Matilda, Centre County. The focus of the event is sharing what many have learned and are continuing to learn when dairy farms make use of winter annual forages, planted after corn silage harvest, and harvested in the spring prior to rotating fields back to corn production.
Double-cropping winter annuals after corn silage harvest is gaining in acceptance among dairy farmers due to numerous benefits. They include, but are not limited to, increased per acre forage production, reduction in feed costs, improved cycling of manure nutrients, and improvements in the farm's overall bottom line. Penn State research and extension personnel, farmers, and farm advisors will share some of what they have learned when winter annual forages are included in the dairy production system.