The 2008 Kansas Hay and Grazing Conference is scheduled for Jan. 16 in Manhattan at the Kansas Farm Bureau building.

"This conference is for anyone interested in livestock grazing, hay production and utilization, and buying and selling of Kansas grass and hay products," said Gary Kilgore, one of the conference coordinators.

The event´s keynote speaker, R.L. Dalrymple, a longtime forage management agronomist with the Noble Foundation in Ardmore, Okla., will discuss crabgrass as a forage and livestock grazing management tool. Dalrymple developed Red River and Quick-N-Big crabgrass varieties and was the principal researcher in developing crabgrass production systems. He produces those varieties in his family seed business that markets in 25 states.

Other topics to be covered will include Financial and Transitional Planning; Hay Hauling and Trucking Regulations; Weed and Brush Control; Improved Alfalfa Traits; Annual Forages; Grazing Steers in the Flint Hills; and Using Distiller´s By-Products on Grass.

Additional presentations will include Marketing Organic Hay; Forage Trends in Feedlot Rations; Efficiency in Feeding Hay; Liability in the Hay Business; Using Inoculates and Preservatives.

K-State Research and Extension and the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council are co-sponsors of the event.

The conference begins with registration from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Kansas Farm Bureau building on the northwest side of Manhattan just off Seth Child Rd., at 2627 KFB Plaza. The registration fee is $40 if paid by Jan. 11. It covers a 2008 membership in the Kansas Forage and Grassland Council, conference lunch and breaks, conference proceedings and a 2008 KFGC discount coupon book. Registrations received after Jan. 11 and at the door are $60 per person.

Registration and other information is available by contacting Gary Kilgore 620-431-1530 or Karen Walters at kwalters@oznet.ksu.edu.