Man. alfalfa growers wanted
By Top Crop Manager
Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA)'s Green Gold program is seeking more producer involvement to help maximize the program's benefits to producers. MFGA is specifically looking for more alfalfa fields, particularly in the western, central and interlake areas of Manitoba.
Now entering it’s 22nd year, MFGA's Green Gold program is led by MFGA hay and extension lead John McGregor who coordinates a team of producers and Manitoba Agriculture staff to submit twice-weekly clippings from fields in various regions of the province to be tested at Winnipeg's Central Testing Laboratories for RFV values. RFV is widely considered the best measurement for declaring the energy values that livestock will receive from the feed.
Last year, MFGA added the birds-eye view of drones operated by program sponsor M3 Aerial. They will return again this year, offering Green Gold co-relation optics of on-the-ground clips and drone-based infrared readings.
This year, MFGA is looking at expanding the number of fields to better help forage producers identify the best cut date on their fields. Producers who want to sign up for the program can contact John McGregor, MFGA Extension Lead: John@mfga.net or 204-396-9217.