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Hay growing season is fast approaching, and MSU-Extension Pondera County wants you to be prepared to grow the best hay you can this year. The Hay U webinar series is a five-part webinar series which will provide you with information from planting to storage, selling, or feeding your forage crops.

On March 18 at 6 p.m., MSU-Extension’s new forage specialist, Dr. Hayes Goosey, will discuss planting and stand establishment of your hay crop. Dr. Goosey will discuss everything you need to know to get your alfalfa or your annual forage crops off to a good start. 

On March 25 at 6 p.m., Dr. Goosey will be back to discuss crop management and pest control. Growing good hay requires monitoring and work throughout the season, so Dr. Goosey will discuss what you need to do to keep your forage crops healthy, free of pests, and growing well.

Dr. Goosey will round out the first half of the webinar series on April 1 at 6 p.m. with a talk on harvesting and storage of your hay. These last steps in hay production can greatly affect quality of your forage, so make sure you tune in to see how to maintain good quality hay throughout the year.

On April 8 at 6 p.m., we will switch speakers to Dr. Megan Van Emon, MSU-Extension Beef Cattle Specialist. Dr. Van Emon will discuss what makes hay good quality for beef cattle, and how you can develop rations to make sure your cows needs are met year-round.

Rounding out the series on April 15 at 6 p.m., Dr. George Haynes, MSU-Agricultural Economics and Economics Professor and Agriculture Policy specialist will answer the age-old question of “how much should I sell my hay for?” Dr. Haynes will discuss how to value your hay to ensure you’re selling it for the right price.

Registration for Hay U is open and is available at https://bit.ly/3qWteB4 or by calling 406-271-4054. 

For more information contact Adriane Good at adriane.good@montana.edu.

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