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AFGC 2021 Virtual Conference

January 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am - January 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


The platform will be available for 3 months and will include on-demand recordings from the In-Person event and the Virtual event.

January 11, 2021—Monday

9:00am-10:30am     Opening & Workshop–2021 Launch of ProClova Herbicide: Setting Expectations for Weed Control and Forage Tolerance in Pastures Interseeded with White Clover

Sponsored by Corteva Agrisciences

Coordiated, Moderated, and Presented by: Scott Flynn

ProClova, the first broadleaf weed herbicide labeled for preserving white clover in forage systems, will be available for purchase in the US in 2021.  The goal of this workshop is to familiarize educators, distributors and end-users with the guidelines for proper use as well as to set the expectations on weed control and forage response after applications.

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)

11:00am-12:30pm    Workshop #6–Animal Nutrition and Forages

Coordinated by: Matt Poore

Moderated by: Joy Hendrix

  • Introduction – “Getting into the Weeds of Nutrition” by Dr. Matt Poore, NCSU
    • Understanding Basic Cattle Nutrition by Dr. Deidre Harmon, NCSU
    • Developing Cattle Nutrition Programs by Johnny Rogers, NCSU

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)

12:30pm-1:00pm      Visit Exhibit Hall

  1:00pm-1:15pm        USDA-NRCS Awards

1:15pm-3:00pm        Workshop:  Pasture Condition Scoring: Winter use and resource concerns

Held in collaboration with USDA NRCS

Coordinated by: Kevin Ogles, USDA NRCS
There are times when NRCS conservationists or producers need to conduct a pasture condition assessment during the winter.  Can the Pasture Condition Scoring tool still be used with plants being dormant or dead during the non-growing season?  Also, how do PCS indicator results guide the planner or producer to the resource concern on the pasture?  And most of all, what can they advise the producer to do to solve that resource concern?  This session will help answer these questions as well as provide an overview on the pasture condition scoring tool.

  • Kevin Ogles, USDA NRCS, East National Technology Support Center
  • Steve Woodruff, USDA NRCS, East National Technology Support Center
  • Victor Shelton, USDA NRCS

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)

Volunteer Presentations (OnDemand)

Moderated by:

  • 1:30pm-1:45pm Stem-to-Leaf Ratio: Recalculating Concepts of Forage Quality by     Gonzalo Ferreira, Virginia Tech
  • 1:45pm-2:00pm Mob and Rotational Grazing: Weighing Your Options by Eric           Billman, USDA-ARS
  • 2:00pm-2:15pm Forage Cell Wall Composition and Its Relationship with Undigested           Neutral Detergent Fiber (uNDF) by Gonzalo Ferreira, Virginia Tech
    • 2:15pm-2:30pm Improving Eastern Gamagrass for Forage Use by Jesse Morrison,                                        Mississippi State University
    • 2:30pm-2:45pm Mixed Perennial Grass-legume Swards Impact Deep Soil                  Characteristics by Victor Guerra, University of Florida

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)

3:15pm-4:45pm           Workshop:  Forage Just Another Crop

  • Coordinated by: Johnny Rogers
    Forage Systems for Cow-Calf Production (Warm Season Grasses) by Dan Glenn, Deep Grass Graziers
  • Forage Systems for Cow-Calf Production (Cool Season Grasses) by Ronnie Holman, Hardrock Beef Cattle
  • Forage Systems for Stocker/Finisher Cattle by Paige Smart, Southeast AgriSeed

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)

4:45pm-5:45pm        Poster Presentations (OnDemand)


January 12, 2021—Tuesday

9:00am-10:30am     Poster Presentations (OnDemand)

11:00am-12:30pm     Workshop #7–Soil Health

Coordinated and Moderated by: Alan Franzluebbers

A series of 10 minute presentations.

  • Introduction to soil health – Alan Franzluebbers, USDA-ARS
  • Seasonal changes of soil health in a perennial pasture overseeded with winter annuals by Kathleen Bridges (Louisiana State University), Lisa Fultz, Montgomery Alison, Kun Jun Han, William Pittman, and Bisoondat Macoon.
  • Dung beetles affect nitrous oxide flux, ammonia volatilization, and nutrient cycling in grassland soils by Carlos Garcia (University of Florida), Jose Dubeux, Xavier Martini, Derrick Conover, Erick Santos, Bruno Grossi, Martin Ruiz-Moreno, Izabela Gomes, Luana Dantas, and Daciele Abreu
  • Grazing cover crops: Impact of cover crop grazing on soil health in Alabama cropping systems by Russell Carrell (Auburn University), Audrey Gamble, Rishi Prasad, Kip Balkcom, Kim Mullenix, Yucheng Feng, and Leanne Dillard
  • Traditional cropland cover crop or grazed double-crop forage impact on soil health by Jordan Cox-O’Neill (North Carolina State University), Deidre Harmon, Matt Poore, Alan Franzluebbers, Joan Eisemann, and Carrie Pickworth
  • Do cattle cause compaction when grazing corn residue in the spring? by Morgan Grabau (University of Nebraska), Jim MacDonald, Zachary Carlson, and Mary Drewnoski
  • Evaluating the effects of applied poultry litter and winter-fed hay on forage and soil biophysical properties by Lawrence Berry (University of Arkansas), Andrew Sharpley, and Ron Morrow
  • Discussion period (20 minutes)

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)

12:45pm-1:15pm       Visit Exhibit Hall

1:30pm-3:00pm       Workshop #8–Calculated Parameters used in Forage Nutritive Analysis Reporting

Coordinated by: David McIntosh and Lisa Baxter

Moderator: Gary Bates

Panelist: Dr. Ralph Ward, Cumberland Valley Analytical Services; Dr. Dennis Hancock, USDA ARS; Kyle Taysom, DairyLand Laboratories; Neal Wininger, DairyLand Laboratories

David McIntosh, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, NIRS Consortium

  • In forage nutritive analysis reporting there are a myriad of potential calculations available, however there is no guidance pointing towards the “best” option. This leads to large variability and confidence in these for example with Total Digestible Nutrients (TDN), Dry Matter Intake (DMI), and Relative Forage Quality (RFQ). There are numerous other calculated parameters that come to mind that this same issue is found when reporting is compared across labs and researchers. The Near-Infrared Spectroscopy Consortium (NIRSC) standardizes NIRS testing procedures, their application, and the accuracy of the constituents reported on a forage test. The National Forage Testing Association (NFTA) standardizes the accuracy of forage testing procedures. However, no organization regulates the calculated parameters used in the forage research and industry. The goal of this session is to have a moderated discussion on available calculations and determine what actions should be made in governing their use.

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)

3:30pm-5:00pm       Workshop #9–Making Hay

Sponsored by Massey Ferguson

Coordinated and Moderated by: Lisa Baxter

  • Quality vs. Quantity by Leanne Dillard, Auburn University
  • Best Use of Equipment for Quality Results by Lisa Baxter, University of Georgia
  • New Technology Available to Hay Producers by Marcelo Wallau, University of Florida
  • Southeastern Hay Contest Awards by SE Hay Contest Executive Committee

(Qualifies for 1.5 CEU)


Poster Presentations (OnDemand):

  1. Forage Quality of Mixed Systems in Organic Dairy Production by Ray Smith
  2. Estimating Soil Organic Carbon Sequestration of Pastures from Depth Distribution by Alan Franzluebbers
  3. A Forage-Based Educational Needs Assessment for Livestock and Forage Producers in Maryland by Amanda Grev
  4. Potassium Fertilization and its Impact on Yield, Nutritive Value, and Winter Survival of Alfalfa by Amy Greenberg
  5. Increasing Grassland Knowledge in WV with a Prescribed Grazing Professional Development Project by Ben Goff
  6. UK Master Grazer: Facilitating Change through On-Farm Demonstrations by Carrie Thrailkill
  7. Impact of Defoliation Height on Crown and Soil Temperature by Chris Teutsch and Jennifer Buckman
  8. The Effect of Irrigation Rate on the Yield and Species Composition of Two Perennial Grass/Legume Mixtures in Southern Oregon by Gordon Jones
  9. Establishing Southeastern Wild Rye: An Evaluation of Seeding Rate on Final Plant Population by Jesse Morrison
  10. The USDA Graze Pasture Budgeting Model for Kentucky- A New, Revisable Edition by Jimmy Henning
  11. Effect of Supplementation of Oilseeds to an Herbage-Based Diet High in Condensed Tannins on Enteric Methane Production and Ruminal Fermentation in Continuous Culture by Eric Billman and Kathy Soder
  12. Is There an Economic Advantage to Planting Diverse Summer Annual Forage Mixtures? by Kelly Mercier
  13. The History of the International Grassland Congress 1927-2020 by Ray Smith
  14. Mapping TNC Concentrations over Time in N-Fertilized and Unfertilized Arachis Glabrata Rhizomes by Kelly Thomas
  15. Novel Pest management Strategies to Control Smutgrass in Southern Forage Systems by Nicholas Shay
  16. Corn-Alfalfa Intercropping with Different Row Spacings by Samuel Bibby
  17. Wet Feet, Dry Feet, Hot Feet: Which Forages Might Tolerate all Three by Sharon Freeman
  18. Mechanical Weed Control in Pastures by Ted Wiseman
  19. Controlling Knotroot Foxtail in a Bermuda Hayfield by Terrell Davis
  20. Biomass Production and Forage Quality of Peanuts in the Southern Great Plains? by Travis Witt
  21. Restoring Cool-Season Pasture with Alfalfa in Efforts of Forage Mass, Botanical Composition, and Weed Control by Victoria Xiong
  22. Digital Image Analysis Applying on Restored Cool-Season Pasture with Alfalfa for Quick Botanical Composition and Grazing Managements by Victoria Xiong
  23. Fermentation and Aerobic Stability of Rain-Damaged Alfalfa/Grass Baled Silages Treated with a Propionic-Acid-Based Preservative by Wayne Coblentz
  24. White Lupin and Rye as Potential Winter Crop Forages for the Southeast by William Anderson
  25. Impact of Dry Matter at Ensiling on the pH and Nutritive Value of Baleage by Chris Teutsch and Alexander Teutsch
  26. Evaluation of Horse Pasture Score Card by Krista Lea
  27. Fall Grazing for Newly Weaned Lambs by Christine Gelley and Branden Campbell
  28. Application of Renote Sensing to Quantify Warm Season Grass Encroachment in Pasture by Jordyn Bush
  29. Meta-Analysis of the Effects of Chemical and Microbial Preservatives on Hay Spoilage by Marjorie Killerby
  30. Effect of Crabgrass and Summer Annual Legumes Mixes on Forage Yield and Nutritional Composition by Matias Aguerre
  31. Effects of Planting Population and Maturity at Harvest on Forage Yield and Nutritional Composition of Conventional and BMR Genotypes of Corn by O. M. Pena, G. Ferreira, and M. J. Aguerre
  32. Addressing the Status of Pasture Health through Producer Needs Assessment by Luke Harlow
  33. Effects of Defoliation and Perennial Peanut on Phosphorus and Micronutrients in Bahiagrass System by Adesuwa Erhunmwunse
  34. Impact of Fertilizer Type, Seeding Coating and Duration of Exposure on the Germination of Red Clover Seed by Chris Teutsch and Lindsay Sparks
  35. Impact of Fertilizer Type, Seeding Coating and Duration of Exposure on the Germination of Orchardgrass Seed by Chris Teutsch and Lindsay Sparks
  36. Sheep and Goat Preferences of Five Common Cover Crops by Robert Lane
  37. Yield Gains by Incorporating Rhizoma Peanut into Bahiagrass and its Impact on Soil Fertility Distribution by Jung-Chen Liu
  38. Production of Cool-Season Annual Forage Mixtures in Virginia by Kathryn Payne

In-Person and OnDemand:

  1. Integrated Crop-Livestock Systems in the Southeastern USA by Brett Rushing
  2. Water Quality for Georgia Livestock by Carole Knight
  3. Potential Use of Bermudagrass Turfgrass in Southern Agriculture Systems by Lisa Baxter
  4. Assessing the Impact of Agritultureal Machinery Traffic on Alfalfa Yields by Renee Anderson
  5. Comparison of Warm-Season Annual Grasses as Supplemental Grazing by Rocky Lemus
  6. Determing the Sphere of Influence of Spiny Amaranth (Amaranthus Spinosus) on Forage Yield Losses in Bermudagrass (Cynodon Dactylon) Pastures in Georgia:Weed Copmetition and Animal Avoidance by Tayler Danman
  7. Plant Growth-Promoting Rhizobacteria (PGPR): Effects on ‘KY 31’ Tall Fescue and ‘Russell’ Bermudagrass Nutritive Value and Yield by Madison Cole


In-Person and OnDemand Volunteer Oral Presentations:

  • Forage Mass and Structural Responses of Stockpiled Alfalfa-Bermudagrass Systems by Liliane Silva, Auburn University
  • Pasture Management Curriculum for County Extension Agents by Caitlin Bainum, University of Florida
  • On-Farm Demonstrations: Mistakes Made & Lessons Learned by Mark Mauldin, University of Florida
  • Perceptions of Alfalfa Adoption in the Southeast US by L.S. Silva, M.K. Mullenix, J. Tucker, C.G. Prevatt
  • Sericea Lespedeza–The Rodney Dangerfield of the Forage World by Reed Edwards
  • An Update on the University of Tennessee Comprehensive Herbicide Stewardship Program by Neil Rhodes, The University of Tenneessee



January 11, 2021 @ 9:00 am
January 12, 2021 @ 5:00 pm


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