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Published February 08, 2011, 10:49 AM

Forage seminar planned

Sorghum, alfalfa and forage grass may not get many headlines, but they deserve attention, too, Jon Mohn says.

By: Jonathan Knutson, Agweek

Sorghum, alfalfa and forage grass may not get many headlines, but they deserve attention, too, Jon Mohn says.

“We just find there’s a need for information on them,” he says.

Mohn’s company, LaCrosse Forage and Turf Seed, is hosting what’s billed as the first annual Midwest Forage and Turf Seminar Feb. 17 in the Sioux Falls (S.D.) Convention Center.

A number of speakers — from both LaCrosse Forage and Turf Seed and other seed companies, as well as government specialists — will give presentations. People from at least seven states are expected to attend.

Topics include cover crops. the basics of erosion control and an update on the Conservation Reserve Program.

LaCrosse Forage and Turf Seed, a wholesaler with locations in LaCrosse, Wis., and Sioux Falls, hopes to raise its profile by hosting the seminar, Mohn says.

But the company also thinks the seminar will be useful for attendees, who are expected to include landowners and retail store owners, Mohn says.

Some producers who took land out the Conservation Reserve Program and planted crops such as wheat or soybeans have found that yields on those crops weren’t as good as expected, he says.

Those producers now are looking to plant other crops on the land, but are having trouble getting the right information, Mohn says.

LaCrosse Forage and Turf Seed has been in business for about 60 years. It opened the Sioux Falls location 1½ years ago to better service its trade area.

Seminar registration is free. To register: Felicia Sterud at (877) 338-9639 by Feb. 9.

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