In addition to celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter scientists and specialists will present ways to improve pasture at a forage field day at the Southeast Research Station in Franklinton, Louisiana, on May 31.

The event will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and continue at 9 a.m. with a discussion of amendments for forage production, according to Mike McCormick, resident coordinator at the station.

“Other topics to be discussed include ways to manage summer forages for high yield and quality, Holstein steer growth from pasture and agriculture-byproduct supplementation, and a panel discussion of successful beef, dairy and equine forage programs,” McCormick said.     

The indoor program will be followed by outdoor stops to view forage equipment demonstrations and a tour of plots of new brown midrib millet and other summer annuals.

A barbecue lunch will be followed by informal viewing of the dairy nutrition project, which includes evaluating corn distiller’s solubles, alfalfa/clover plots, brown midrib millet summer annual plots, organic-versus-commercial fertilizer plots, dairy nutrient management lagoons, the forage lab and confinement dairy facilities.

For field day information, contact McCormick at (985) 839-2322.