Conservation Training

Diverse Forages for Dairy Operations

August 24, 2021

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Location: Online

Join Josh Hiemstra as he discusses the many ways he integrates annual and perennial forages into his farming operation for feeding dairy cattle. We’ll take a look at trials where Josh is co-seeding and interseeding forages with silage corn, as well as testing different nitrogen application rates. We’ll also see a diverse cover crop cocktail mix sown after wheat harvest. To top things off, we’ll check out an establishing alfalfa-grass hay field that was seeded with a nurse crop following last year’s forage mix.

Josh will be joined by Becky Wagner, agronomist for Fond du Lac Land and Water Conservation Department. Becky will describe how the county is helping farmers like Josh implement soil health-building practices with cost-share opportunities.


  • Feed value of forages
  • Diversified crop rotations
  • Alfalfa and clover establishment
  • Silage corn