Cool, rainy weather this spring has negatively impacted hay fields and pastures in Ohio and nearby states, preventing new seedings of alfalfa and orchardgrass and leading to a possible reduction in pasture yield and quality in the summer.

Learning how to deal with these and other issues is the goal of the upcoming Forage and Pasture Field Day, held June 25, 4-7 p.m. at Roger and Conchida Williams's farm, 6105 Laurel Ridge Road, Piketon, Ohio.

The free, educational event is sponsored by Ohio State University Extension, the Pike County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Field day topics include "Better Grassland Management for Increased Grazing Opportunities," "Hay and Forage Management" and "Conservation Practices for Resource Conservation and Increased Productivity."

Guest speakers are Jeff Fisher, OSU Extension educator, and Bob Hendershot, NRCS state grassland conservationist.

Registration is not required, but is appreciated. To register, contact Kevin Yost, Pike County SWCD, at 740-947-5353 or

OSU Extension is the outreach arm of Ohio State's College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.