Hay Production 101

Tuesdays and Thursdays
February 27 - March 14, 2024
7-8:30 p.m. ET

Online via Zoom

Hay Production 101 is primarily aimed at first time and beginning hay growers, but anyone wanting to increase their knowledge of hay production is welcome. The virtual course is designed for participants to build a foundation of knowledge about growing hay. We will cover a variety of topics aimed at the unique challenges to growing hay in Michigan and the Great Lakes Region. Because of the systematic structure of the course and the importance of building steps of knowledge, participants should plan to attend all sessions. The MSU Extension teaching team is led by Forage Specialist Kim Cassida with other Specialists and Educators contributing.

Cost: $85

2024 Session Schedule

  • Tuesday, Feb 27 – Hay Industry Overview; Matching Hay Species to Farm Goals
  • Thursday, Feb 29 – Soil Fertility and Health Management
  • Tuesday, March 5 – Field Establishment and Renovation
  • Thursday, March 7 - Harvest and Post-Harvest Management
  • Tuesday, March 12- Managing Pests: Weeds, Insects, and Disease
  • Thursday, March 14 - Cost of Production & Marketing

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

Credits available

CCA credits are available for all participants for all sessions. RUP credits are available for the March 12 pest session for Michigan residents only. Participants must attend the live sessions for the entire 90 minutes 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 about course content, contact Kim Cassida at cassida@msu.edu or 517-353-0278.