Virtual Annual Forage Field Day set for June 3

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Cool season forages.

AMES, Iowa – Annual forages can provide flexibility when managing forage supply whether filling forage production gaps or serving as a primary forage source. Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, said everyone is invited to learn more about annual forages and integrating them into a cropping rotation in an upcoming virtual field day set for June 3 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

"We’ve seen an interest from producers wanting to integrate both cool and warm season annual forages into their farming operation," Lundy said. "However, many questions still remain regarding which forage species is best for a given situation or farm goal as well as their nutritional value and yield potential."

The event will highlight a research project evaluating different cool-season annual forage species in terms of forage nutritional value, yield potential, and practical considerations for integrating annual forages into cropping rotations. To learn more about this project and what's been learned, plan to attend this virtual field day, which will feature a tour of the annual forage plots at outlying ISU research farms.

There is no cost to participate and the field day is open to all. However, preregistration is required prior to the event. To register, go to Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the virtual field day, which will be provided through Zoom. If you don't have this app on your computer or device, you'll want to download and install it for the best quality. See download info below.*

Participants may join through their web browser, mobile phone, or tablet and will need to download a free app prior to joining. Participants should join the webinar 10 minutes in advance to ensure connections and software is working correctly.

For more information, questions, or if you need assistance with registration please contact the ISU Iowa Beef Center at or by calling 515-294-BEFF (2333).

Funding for this project provided by the Iowa Nutrient Research Center.

*The Zoom download is available through the App Store for iOS devices and through Google Play for Android


The Iowa Beef Center at Iowa State University was established in 1996 with the goal of supporting the growth and vitality of the state’s beef cattle industry. It comprises faculty and staff from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and College of Veterinary Medicine, and works to develop and deliver the latest research-based information regarding the beef cattle industry. For more information about IBC, visit

Erika Lundy, ISU Extension and Outreach beef specialist, 641-745-5902,
Rebecca Vittetoe, ISU extension field agronomist, 319-653-4811,

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