Helping winter-damaged forage recover, getting the latest on the spring weather outlook and understanding changes in livestock hauling rules are on the agenda for a Conway meeting.


The Arkansas Forage and Grassland Council’s winter meeting will be held at the Woodland Heights Education building Thursday, Feb. 22. Registration opens at 9 a.m. and the program begins at 9:30 a.m.


Registration is $25 per person and $10 for students. Pre-event registration will help ensure there are enough materials and lunch for all. Lunch will be held at noon.


“Weather conditions over the past six months have certainly been unfavorable for Arkansas pastures,” said John Jennings, professor-forage for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


“Questions coming in regarding what to do for a spring forage crop include, ‘how will this cold winter affect my pastures?’ ‘what about armyworms?’, and ‘what are other producers doing?’” he said. “Producers will hear about new forage research on spring and fall forages. These studies are evaluating options ‘outside the box’ and match up with the unusually dry fall and odd winter weather. Arkansas producers also will tell about how they incorporated some of these different options to boost their forage production.”


The agenda includes:


9:45 a.m. — Riding the weather rollercoaster – outlook for 2018, John Lewis, senior forecaster - National Weather Service – Little Rock;


10:15 a.m. — New research for spring pasture — Kenny Simon, extension program associate-forages, Division of Agriculture; new research for fall pasture – John Jennings, professor-forage, Division of Agriculture;


11:15 a.m. Department of Transportation farm vehicle regulations status update – Major Jay Thompson, Arkansas Highway Police.


1 p.m. - When will armyworms strike this year? – Kelly Loftin, extension entomologist;


1:30 p.m. – Non-conventional forages in a double-crop system – producer experience, Luke Alston, Holly Springs Homestead - Polk County; Jeff Montgomery, Diamond M Ranch - Yell County;


2:15 p.m. — Coping with current conditions for forages and livestock, John Jennings; Paul Beck, interim director, Southwest Research and Extension Center.


Learn more about managing forage and livestock by calling a county extension office or visiting www.uaex.edu.


For details or to register, call Linda McCargo, 501-671-2171.