Alfalfa harvester

Alfalfa plots are harvested at the SDSU Southeast Research Farm in Beresford, S.D. Along with variety trials, the farm is studying warm and cool season forage mixes and in the future may resume a trial on salt-tolerant varieties of alfalfa.

Producers interested in growing and storing high quality forage can get some tips at a field day Aug. 7 in Beresford, South Dakota.

SDSU Extension is hosting a Forage Field Day at the university's Southeast Research Farm, 29974 University Road, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event will feature a hands-on case study and hay storage demonstration. Speakers include Dr. Kevin Shinners from the University of Wisconsin who will address conserving round bale value during storage. Jared Goplen from the University of Minnesota will speak about harvest timing and management.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to tour forage plots, partake in case studies and learn about forage equipment safety.

The field day costs $30 per person for those who register by Aug. 4, and $35 afterward. Lunch is included with registration. To register, visit https://extension.sdstate.edu/event/forage-field-day-beresford. Certified Crop Advisor credits are available.