As one of the organizers of the recent seminar, Gunderson said the multiple factors that have made 2019 a very challenging cropping year prompted him and his colleagues to “not let this ugly year go by” without offering some hints to those coping with the situation. He said he hopes the effort would “do some good” in wake of the combination of this growing year and four to five years of low prices for the prime agricultural products in the area.

“I think this is the worst year ever,” featured speaker Troy Brown of rural Reedsville remarked. Following a 28-year career with Cargill, he has been a forage quality specialist with Form-A-Feed—a privately owned consultant firm based at Stewart, Minnesota—for the past two years. He quipped that as a consultant it is much easier to give advice than to carry out the task at hand.

From the perspective of livestock nutritionists, Brown suggested that 30 people would have 30 different answers on what makes up an ideal ration. What is not in doubt, he emphasized, is that “good quality forages make the average nutritionist look smart.”

(Please see the October 03  issue of the Tri-County News for more on this story.)

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