Focus on Forage Webinar Series!

Focus on Forage is a FREE, 7-part Extension webinar series highlighting research-based information and farmer strategies to optimize forage yield, quality, and profitability in Wisconsin.

Forages are an important crop in Wisconsin.  Hay and Haylage accounts for over 2.3 million acres and with a current market value of over 1.1 billion dollars in Wisconsin, in the most recent summary of agricultural production in Wisconsin.  Forages feed our beef, dairy, sheep and goat industries and are also an important crop in soil conservation and crop rotation.

Focus on Forage webinars will be held weekly on Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm from January 13th through March 3rd CCA CEUs will be offered for each webinar.

Webinars are free, but registration is required by 5 pm the day before the event at A Zoom link will be emailed to registrants.

Topics for the first five webinars include:
January 13, 2021: Top Ten Corn Silage Production Strategies
January 20, 2021: Managing Alfalfa in Wisconsin’s Changing Forage Landscape
January 27, 2021: Optimizing Production of Grass and Mixed Grass Hays
February 3, 2021: Using Small Grains to Fill a Forage Niche
February 10, 2021: Alternative Forage Strategies When Alfalfa Fails

The first webinar, on January 13, 2021, is entitled “Managing for High Quality Corn Silage” and will feature a discussion with Mike Jenson, Jenson Family Farms, LLC (Elk Mound, WI) and Carlyle Westendorp, West-Vale-Vue Dairy (Nashville, MI), 2020 World Forage Superbowl winners in the standard corn silage and BMR corn silage categories, respectively. In addition, Jerry Clark, Extension Chippewa County Agriculture Educator will cover “Top Ten Corn Silage Production Strategies” and Ashley Blackburn, Nutrient and Pest Management, will discuss fine tuning conservation with forages.

For more information on the Focus on Forage webinar series contact Ashley Blackburn, Nutrient and Pest Management (NPM) Outreach Specialist, at

This program is sponsored by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Division of Extension and the UW-NPM Program and was developed with assistance from Mike Ballweg (Sheboygan County), Jerry Clark (Chippewa County), Richard Halopka (Clark County), Tina Kohlman (Fond du Lac County), Kevin Jarek (Outagamie County), Dan Marzu (Lincoln/Langlade Counties), Amber O’Brien (Calumet County), Scott Reuss (Marinette/Oconto Counties), Kimberly Schmidt (Shawano County), Chelsea Zegler (Dane County), and Ashley Blackburn, Jamie Patton and Dan Smith, NPM Program.