Virginia Tech Forage Extension

The Virginia Tech Forage Extension Team aims to provide producers with program updates and research-

05/12/2022

Register here to attend our May 26 pasture walk and learn how Bob Brame successfully established native warm season forages to increase summer forage production and improve cattle performance in his grazing system.

During this tour of the Brame farm, we will learn about the role of native forages on this farm and the process that Bob followed to establish these grasses. We will also introduce you to partnering agencies who might be able to help you with similar projects on your own farms.

For your $5 registration fee, you will be provided with a boxed meal and a valuable educational experience.

May 26, 2022
6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Jordan Farm
11255 Jordan Farm Road
Gordonsville, VA 22942

The farm is located about 2 miles north of Gordonsville and 7 miles south of Orange.

From Gordonsville: Take US-15 N about 1.5 miles and turn left across the median onto Jordan Farm Road. Follow the driveway through the woods, across the powerline and once you get near the house follow the lane to the right to the parking signs.

From Orange: Take US-15 S about 7 miles and turn right onto Jordan Farm Road. Follow the driveway through the woods, across the powerline and once you get near the house follow the lane to the right to the parking signs.

Register now, and plan to join us at the Brame’s for a casual evening on the farm. Link to registration https://vaforages.org/event/summer-pasture-walk-2/

This event is sponsored in part by a USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant and the National Grazing Lands Coalition.

05/12/2022

Register now to attend our May 31 pasture walk and learn how Miller Adams successfully established a pine silvopasture using native warm season forages to increase summer forage production and improve cattle performance during the intense heat of summer.

During this tour of the Adams farm, we will learn about the role of silvopasture and the process Miller used to establish this new grazing area. We will also learn why he used native forages for this additional grazing acreage. We will also introduce you to partnering agencies who might be able to help you with similar projects on your own farms.

For your $5 registration fee, you will be provided with a boxed meal and a valuable educational experience. https://vaforages.org/event/pasture-walk-at-the-adams-family-farm-in-red-oak/

May 31, 2022

6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Adams Family Farm

855 Jones Store Road, Red Oak, VA 23964

The farm is located between Keysville and Clarksville less than a mile off US-Rt 15.

From Keysville: Take US-15S/US-360W towards Clarksville for about 14 miles. Turn left following US-15 S towards Wylliesburg. Continue south about 6 miles, turn right onto Whitlow Road across from the post office. This turns into Jones Store Road and the farm is on the left in just less than a mile.

From Clarksville: Take US-15 N towards for about 13 miles and turn left onto Whitlow Road across from the post office. This turns into Jones Store Road and the farm is on the left in just less than a mile.

Register now, and plan to join us with the Adams family for a casual evening on the farm.

This event is sponsored in part by a USDA-NRCS Conservation Innovation Grant and the National Grazing Lands Coalition.

05/12/2022

Weed Management Field Day at SPAREC on June 14th!

Register by texting 540-315-2954 or email [email protected]

2022 Weed Management Field Day
Corn, Soybean, and Small Grains
June 14, 2022
8:30 to 11:00 am

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 05/09/2022

The native warm season grasses are up and ready for our grazing demo to start at the Southern Piedmont AREC later this week. The steers arrived from SVAREC this morning and will remain on pasture throughout the summer.

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 04/22/2022

Gorgeous afternoon and great discussion of annual forages at our pasture walk at R&A Farm!

04/14/2022

Virginia Cooperative Extension and the Virginia Forage and Grassland Council are collaborating to co-host this upcoming Hay & Pasture Weed Management Workshop. The workshop will cover basic weed identification, growth habit, timing, and strategies for managing weeds effectively from cultural control and prevention to herbicide considerations. The discussion and training will be particularly helpful to someone who has bought a new farm or is renting ground that has been abused and has a lot of unpalatable weeds and invasives to manage, control, and possibly spray. To register, https://vaforages.org/events

Virginia Cooperative Extension Virginia Forage and Grassland Council

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 04/13/2022

Our cool-season annual mixture study entails some tedious sampling and separating of plot samples. The field crew at SPAREC have been hard at work the past couple days.

Photo credit: Laura DeBusk

04/13/2022

Beautiful day for a forage harvest at SPAREC!

It's a gorgeous day for a forage harvest! More to see later!!

04/07/2022

Due to the potential for severe thunderstorms, today's program has been rescheduled for Friday, April 22nd. We hope to see you all then. Registration is still open, call 434-848-2151 to RSVP.

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 04/05/2022

A smaller group, but great discussion at our winter annual research update this afternoon!

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 03/29/2022

Update: the event on April 7th has been rescheduled for Friday, April 22nd.
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Winter annual forages are in full swing and we've got two programs coming up! Call to register today!!
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April 5 - 3:00 to 5:00 pm
Join us at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone for an update on current Virginia Tech winter annual forage research. Call 434-818-5545 to register.
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April 7 - 2:00 to 5:00 pm
Join us at R&A Farm in Brodnax to take a real world look at using winter and summer annuals into your haying and grazing operations. Call 434-848-2151 to register.

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 03/22/2022

The ladies are now back on their home pastures! In our first heifer development program at the Southern Piedmont AREC, we had a final conception rate of 90.4%. We’re looking forward to build upon this program in the future!

03/21/2022

Come join us for a look at our active research at the Southern Piedmont AREC on April 5th! Call 434-818-5545 to RSVP!

03/16/2022

Our cool season annual mixture study is shooting up fast!

03/11/2022

Join us at Knoll Crest Farm in Red House, VA on March 25th for the 2022 Central Virginia Cattle Conference! BQA certification and recertification!! There is no cost to attend. 🐮

Register by calling 434-332-9538.

Central Virginia Cattleman's Conference - March 25th. BQA certification and recertification!! There is no cost to attend. 🐮 Please call (434) 332-9538 or email [email protected] to register for the catered lunch. We will be providing lunch! Special thanks to all of our sponsors!

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 03/02/2022

It’s been a beautiful afternoon in Southside Virginia for drilling clover into dormant native grasses.

02/24/2022

Update: this event has been rescheduled for Friday, April 22nd.
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Join us at R+A Farm in Brunswick County on April 7th! We'll take a look at how annuals are making a real-world impact and some tips on management to get the most out of your annual haying and grazing systems!

RSVP by calling 434-848-2151

02/22/2022

Join us next Thursday in McKenney for some tips on starting the forage production season on the right track!

02/10/2022

Less than two weeks until the 2022 Mid-South Stocker Conference! The event will be held virtually on February 23 with no cost to attend. Register here: https://tiny.utk.edu/22MSSC. Hope to see you there!

02/03/2022

Register at: https://tinyurl.com/2tajp2sw

01/28/2022

Please join us on February 10th to better understand your forage sample analysis.

01/28/2022

Be sure to check out this program series!

For more information contact Phil Blevins at Washington County VCE phone (276) 676-6309, [email protected], or contact your local Virginia Cooperative Extension office.

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 01/27/2022

Today the ladies in the heifer development program at the Southern Piedmont AREC had their first ultrasound since AI in December… AI rate was 60% for this group.

How long will baleage keep? 01/14/2022

How long will baleage keep?

How long will baleage keep? Baleage (as opposed to harvesting forage as bales or silage) has advantages for many producers. High-quality forages produced in the southeastern U.S., for instance, can be harvested as baleage when environmental conditions are unfavorable for hay production.

01/03/2022

Sign up for early bird registration by January 11th!

VFGC has extended the EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION DEADLINE to Jan 11th!! 🌿😁🙌 👉👉VAFORAGES.ORG

01/02/2022

Wishing everyone green pastures and happy grazing in this New Year!! 🍀

VFGC Annual Winter Conference 2022- The Green Side of Beef: In Defense of Grassland Agriculture 12/13/2021

VFGC Annual Winter Conference 2022- The Green Side of Beef: In Defense of Grassland Agriculture

VFGC Annual Winter Conference 2022- The Green Side of Beef: In Defense of Grassland Agriculture https://vaforages.org/event/the-green-side-of-beef-january-18-2022/

11/29/2021

New Publication Alert!!
Hot off the Presses from the National Alfalfa and Forage Alliance - and there just might be a bit about Alfalfa-Bermudagrass!
https://www.alfalfa.org/pdf/AlfalfaForBeefCows.pdf

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 10/25/2021

A little later than we like, but we got our fall clover planting done for our legume establishment in native warm season grass study at SPAREC today.

Photos from Southeastern Hay Contest's post 10/19/2021

Wishing the most sincere congratulations to all of the 2021 SE Hay Contest winners!

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 10/15/2021

Today we held the first bull breeding soundness exam day at the Southern Piedmont AREC. Local producers brought out 25 bulls to be evaluated. Many thanks to the producers, veterinarians, extension and AREC staff that made today a success.

09/24/2021

There are only a few open spaces left! Call Dr. Rodney Cole at (804) 731-3634 to schedule your bull for a breeding soundness exam at the Southern Piedmont AREC on October 15th.

Bull Soundness Exams for $50/bull will be held at the Southern Piedmont AREC in Blackstone on October 15th! Only 35 spaces available, call Dr. Rodney Cole at 804-731-3634 to get added to the schedule!

09/16/2021

It was an exciting day at the Southern Piedmont AREC as we welcomed 42 heifers from local farms to participate in our heifer development program. They’ll stay on pasture throughout the winter and we’ll help facilitate through their first breeding season.

Many thanks to the producers, veterinarians, and ag agents who are helping to make this possible!

Photos from Virginia Tech Forage Extension's post 09/16/2021

Over the past two days, we’ve harvested our native warm season grass variety trials for yield at the Tidewater and Southern Piedmont ARECs.

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