Hay Production 101

Formal registration for this event has closed.

To register for remaining courses or access to past session recordings, contact Renae Latoski at latoskir@msu.edu

Tuesdays and Thursdays
March 2 - 25, 2021
7-8:30 p.m. EST

Online via Zoom

Hay Production 101 will provide participants with all they need to know about hay. This virtual course is primarily aimed at first time and beginning hay growers, but anyone aiming to increase their knowledge of hay production is welcome. The course will cover a variety of topics, including the unique challenges of growing and managing hay in Michigan. Because of the systematic structure of the course and the importance of building foundational knowledge about hay, participants should attend all sessions. The MSU Extension teaching team is led by Forage Specialist Kim Cassida, with other Specialists and Educators contributing throughout the course.

Cost: $85

Session schedule

Tuesday, March 2 - Introduction, Economics & Marketing
Thursday, March 4 - What to Grow: Species, Varieties & Forage Quality
Tuesday, March 9 - Fertility and Soil Management 
Thursday, March 11  - Establishment and Renovation
Tuesday, March 16 - Pest Management: Weeds, Insects, Disease 
Thursday, March 18 - Harvest Management I: Timing the Harvest & Getting Hay Dry
Tuesday, March 23 - Harvest Management II: Baling, Post-Harvest Processing & Storage
Thursday, March 25  - Baleage

Please note this order of session topics may change slightly throughout the course based on speaker availability, but all courses will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8:30 p.m. EST. Sessions will be recorded and available to registered participants.

Credits available

CCA and RUP credits are currently pending but will be available for participants who attend live sessions. Credits are available only to Michigan residents. Participants must attend the live sessions for the entire time period to be awarded credit hours. Partial credit will not be awarded. Credits cannot be awarded to those who view the recorded sessions.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information, contact Renae Latoski at latoskir@msu.edu or 517-355-4156.