FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, AUG. 29, 2007
Don Nicholson, regional agronomist
NCDA&CS Agronomic Division
Farmers can learn about baling cornstalks for hay
during workshop Sept. 7 in Goldsboro
RALEIGH – Eastern North Carolina farmers can learn about baling cornstalks for animal feed at a workshop Friday, Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to noon in Goldsboro. The workshop is free.
The workshop will be at Cherry Research Farm’s property on Claridge Nursery Road, next to the N.C. Forest Service building.
“The drought has lowered yields for many corn and soybean farmers, but baling cornstalks and soybean plants for hay gives growers another marketable option,” said Don Nicholson, regional agronomist with the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. “With the drought severely damaging hay supplies in the state, the need for alternative forages could be high this year.”
The workshop will include demonstrations and informational talks. A livestock specialist with N.C. Cooperative Extension will discuss the nutritional value of baled corn and soybean fodder. The workshop also will cover topics such as whether baling these crops will affect crop insurance; the importance of testing for nitrates and aflatoxin; pesticide residues on soybean plants; and how to safely move baled forage to prevent the spread of noxious weeds and fire ants.
For more information about the workshop, contact Nicholson at (919) 498-0504 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or the Cherry Research Farm at (919) 731-3270.
From eastbound U.S. 70, turn left onto Claridge Nursery Road. Go one mile and turn right onto the farm path beside the N.C. Forest Service building. Follow the signs to the workshop.
From westbound U.S. 70, turn right onto Claridge Nursery Road. Go one mile and turn right onto the farm path beside the N.C. Forest Service building. Follow the signs.
From Wilson and Kenly on N.C. 581 South, turn left onto Claridge Nursery Road. Go about 2.5 miles and turn left onto the farm path just before the N.C. Forest Service building. Follow the signs.