Author of influential forage guide to speak Aug. 29

Published on Monday, 19 August 2013 23:19 - Written by Staff Reports

The authors of one of the most widely read books on the establishment and utilization of southern forages will be featured speakers at the East Texas Regional Forage Conference in Longview on Aug. 29.

The registration deadline for the event is Thursday.

In 1991, “Southern Forages” was originally planned as “just a practical book for forage crops” for the southern region of the U.S., Dr. Don Ball, co-author and professor emeritus at Auburn University, said in a prepared statement.

The book, currently in its fifth edition, has sold about 50,000 copies and is used as a textbook at more than 60 colleges. It has been published in Polish, Chinese, Czech and, within a few weeks, also Spanish.

Ball’s co-author, Gary Lacefield, of the University of Kentucky, also will speak at the event, sponsored by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in five counties. Ball will discuss “Forage Establishment and Soil Fertility,” while Lacefield’s presentation is titled “Change, Challenges and Opportunities.”

Dr. Vanessa Corriher-Olson, AgriLife Extension forage specialist, will speak on “Making It Work in East Texas,” while Dr. Jason Banta, AgriLife Extension beef specialist, will talk about “Utilization of Winter Forages in a Beef Operation.”

The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Reserve, at 7725 U.S. Highway 259 North, about 4.5 miles north of Longview. Registration is $15 and includes lunch and three continuing education units.

Gregg, Harrison Panola, Rusk and Upshur counties are putting on the event, but it’s a regional program, Randy Reeves, AgriLife extension agent in Harrison County, said, adding that they are inviting agents and the public from the region.

Participants need to fill out a registration form and mail it in before the deadline Thursday. For more information or to register, visit