- Associated Press - Saturday, September 6, 2014

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - A beef cattle and forage field day is planned Oct. 16 by state agriculture officials at the Dean Lee Research and Extension Center in Alexandria.

Registration starts at 2:30 p.m. at the state Emergency Evacuation Shelter south of the LSU-Alexandria campus along U.S. Highway 71.

The field tour will include presentations on nutrient runoff from winter pastures, different planting methods for winter forages, heifer selection, standing forage for winter feed supplementation, smutgrass control, pasture weed identification and the benefits of injectable minerals.

The indoor program will include an update on feral hog control research, calf pre-conditioning and weaning and an update on activities of the Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association.

Attendance at the field day qualifies participants for credit under Phase 2 of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program, and continuing education credit for Louisiana Master Farmer graduates.

More information on the field day program is available by calling Glen Gentry at 318-473-6520.

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