PARSONS – Kansas ranked third nationally with more than 6 million head of cattle on ranches and feedlots as of Jan. 1, 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and many of those cattle are raised in southeast Kansas.

To bring the latest research-based information to beef producers in that part of the state, Kansas State University’s Southeast Agricultural Research Center will host a Beef Cattle and Forage Crops Field Day on Thursday, May 5, at the Mound Valley Community Center, 505 Hickory St., in Mound Valley.

Registration on-site for the free event begins at 8:30 a.m., with the program starting at 9 a.m. Numerous agriculture-related companies will have displays available and will sponsor a complimentary lunch for attendees.

Presentations will include:

• Development of Tall Fescue Hybrids – Bryan Kindiger, research plant geneticist, USDA-ARS Grazinglands Research Laboratory;

• Utilization of Teff for Forage – Joe Moyer, forage agronomist K-State Southeast Agricultural Research Center;

• Understanding Forage Analysis – Jaymelynn Farney, southeast area extension beef specialist;

• Alfalfa Weed Management – Doug Shoup, southeast area extension crops and soils specialist; and

• Considerations for Storage of Large Round Bales of Hay – Lyle Lomas, animal scientist and head, Southeast Agricultural Research Center.

An optional tour of the university’s Mound Valley unit will be available after lunch, weather permitting.

More information about the field day is available by calling (620) 421-4826.