Providing forage producers with the latest research based information on all aspects of forage establishment, renovation, weed control, and management of pasture and hay fields.
Private Applicator Certification and Re-Certification – Private applicator pesticide certification are conducted on an as needed basis at the Extension Office. Initial certification fees are $40.00 and will allow the user to purchase restricted use pesticides. Recertification classes are conducted every three years. All current applicator certifications expire in October 2014.
Soil and Forage Testing – Soil and forage testing service is offered through the state lab in Nashville. You may obtain a kit and instructions at the Extension Office. Basic soil tests are $7.00 and forage tests are $10.00.
Southeast TN Hay Day – The hay day is held in McMinn County every four to five years. Purpose of the hay day is to provide information to producers on producing quality forages, forage management, weed control, and updates on new forage technology and equipment. The next hay day is tentatively scheduled for May 2016.
Twilight Forage Tour - Summer Grazing with Native Grasses - Learn about how native grasses such as big bluestem and indian grass can complement your summer forage program. Aspects of establishment, hay production, and grazing management will be discussed. These highly drought tolerant, long lasting, low input, warm-season perennials can produce high yields of hay (4-5 tons/acre) and excellent animal performance when grazed (2.1 lbs. ADG on steers) during summer. Registration is required. Deadline is Monday, June 22, 2015. CNGMTwilightTour2015-McMinn.pdf