Call for Abstracts – 11th IHSG Conference

The organizing committee for the 11th IHSG Conference in Angers France are pleased to announce the opening call for abstracts. This information can be found at the conference web site (see link below):


Once you navigate to the IHSG conference web site, please select the Submissions tab.  Instructions on how to prepare and submit your abstract can be found on this page.

The web site will be the main place to learn more about the program and registration as well as other important information about the conference.

A Message from the President: the 11th IHSG Conference

René Gislum

I am very pleased to finally announce that FNAMS, with the support of SEMAE and partners from the French seed sector, will host the 11th International Herbage Seed Group Conference in Angers, France from 11 to 18 June 2023. Even though we have been through a worldwide pandemic we also know that IHSG members have continued their work to obtain a better knowledge of herbage seed production and how research can benefit this production.

The next conference in France will therefore be a great opportunity for you to meet old and new friends of IHSG. You will hear the best scientists within herbage seed research and production talk about their research. Dedicated growers will give their view on their challenges and success stories. You will also see exciting posters and be able to join a very interesting field tours through some of the best landscapes in beautiful France. I’m certain that many participants from throughout the world will join in this event which we have been looking so much forward to.

I hope to see many of you in France.

Best regards,

René Gislum, IHSG President

11th IHSG Conference Announcement

We are excited to announce that the 11th IHSG Conference will be held in Angers France in June 2023.  Attendees will arrive on June 11th with the conference sessions starting on June 12th and ending on June 14th.  There will also be an optional post-conference tour that is scheduled to take place from June 15th through June 17th

Please mark these dates on your calendar.  More details to come.

Image above – Château d’Angers (DXR, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

11th IHSG Conference Postponed Until Further Notice

Following is a message from Dr. René Gislum, IHSG President:

Due to the Covid-19 situation, we have unfortunately decided to postpone the 11th IHSG Conference in Serbia until conditions are safe. The conference was scheduled for June 2021. We are very sorry that this is necessary but there are too many unknowns now and we want the conference to be just as fantastic as the previous conferences. We will keep you updated with new dates for the IHSG Conference in Serbia.

Invitation to the 11th IHSG Conference

Dear colleagues and friends,

After overcoming COVID-19 situation, it is time for a fresh start and everyday life. Therefore, we would like to cordially invite you to attend the 11th International Herbage Seed Group Conference to be held in Novi Sad, Serbia, on June 06-13, 2021. This conference will be organized by the Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops (IFVC), in collaboration with International Herbage Seed Group (IHSG) and Serbian Forage Crop Society. 11th IHSGC continues the long tradition of conferences and workshops on herbage seed production and provides the opportunity for herbage seed specialists from all over the world to meet once again. For the first time that IHSG Conference is going to be held in Eastern Europe.

The Local Organizing Committee and the Scientific Committee devote their efforts toward creating a stimulating scientific, social and cultural experience for all our conference attendees. We intend to encourage the global herbage seed community, including the leading academic and industry experts, stakeholders and students, to interact and initiate discussions and debates, aiming to give answers and raise new questions. The conference sessions will be designed to attract common interests and create synergy among different disciplines in herbage seed research. They will include inspiring presentations, posters and field tours on cutting edge research and cover the latest findings in plant breeding, crop protection, PGRs, climatic stress, seed quality and many other topics.

We welcome all of you to participate in the conference and invite you to contribute to the program, with sincere hopes that it will be a week full of intellectual excitement and memorable moments. We invite you to enjoy and experience our Scientific Program, educational tours around Serbia before and after the formal program, and the traditional Serbian hospitality. At the crossroads between East and West, South and North, you will find open hearts and minds, natural beauty, vibrant nightlife, cultural events, and gastronomic magic of the Balkan cuisine.

We warmly welcome you to Novi Sad and hope you will join us at 11th IHSG Conference in June 2021.

Yours Sincerely

Djura Karagic
President of Serbian Forage Crops Society
Head of Forage Crop Department
Institute of Field and Vegetable Crops
Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

11th IHSG Conference Web Site

Canadian Forage Seed Conference “Enhancing the Cropping System Resiliency”

Talon Gauthier & Susie Lefferson

On February 25th and 26th, 2020 forage seed growers, researchers, extension staff and agribusinesses will congregate for the first Canadian Forage Seed Conference since 2006!  The conference will be hosted at the Fantasyland Hotel which is attached to the West Edmonton Mall in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The goal of this conference is to unite the industry throughout Canada and increase awareness and interest in forage seed production.  With the current challenges in Canadian grain markets, we have a great opportunity to increase awareness of the benefits of incorporating forage seed crops into any cropping system.  Perennial forage seed crops can offer these growers market diversity and dispersal of timing in terms of workload.  For the faithful forage seed grower, it will be an opportunity to hear about new technologies in the industry and where research is headed.  As Bruce Coulman recently said, “It is an exciting time to be involved in research on forages as there is more money invested now in Canada than there ever has been”!

Conference planning has been underway for almost a year and some great speakers have been confirmed to join us in Edmonton!  We are very excited to have speakers traveling from Oregon, Minnesota and hopefully beyond to bring an international perspective to the conference.  Below is a draft agenda for the two days that is still being developed.

February 25th, 2020

8:00 am Breakfast
8:50 am Welcome & Housekeeping
9:00 am Seed Yield & Seed Shattering with Different Swathers – Nicole Anderson, OSU*
9:30 am International Market Report – Turf Grasses – TBA
10:00 am Remote Sensing for Pest Management – Chris Neeser, AB Ag & Forestry
10:30 am Coffee & Snack Break
11:00 am Forage Breeding in Canada – Bill Biligetu, University of Saskatchewan
11:30 am International Market Report – Forage Legumes – TBA
12:00 pm Lunch
Grass & Clover Sessions Alfalfa Sessions
1:30 pm Perennial Ryegrass Production Systems – Dave Grafstrom, University of Minnesota Western Canada Alfalfa Weevil Project – Boyd Mori, University of Alberta
2:00 pm Lesser Clover Leaf Weevil Project – Dan Malamura, University of Saskatchewan Parasite Control in Leafcutter Bees with Cinnamon – Danica Baines, AAFC* Lethbridge
2:30 pm Insects in Grass & Clover Crops – Jennifer Otani, AAFC* Beaverlodge Lygus in Alfalfa – Hector Carcamo, AAFC* Lethbridge
3:00 pm Growth Regulators in Grasses & Clovers – Calvin Yoder, Roger Burak, Nicole Anderson Innovations in Irrigation Technology OR World Trends in Hay Exports OR Legume Breeding
3:45 pm Coffee & Snack Break
4:00 pm PRFSA Annual General Meeting
5:30 pm Supper (On Your Own)
7:30 pm Wine & Cheese

*OSU = Oregon State University, AAFC = Agriculture & AgriFood Canada

February 26th, 2020

8:00 am Breakfast
9:00 am Technology to Monitor Crop Health – Matthias Loesken, Blackbird Environmental
9:30 am International Market Report – Forage Grasses – TBA
10:00 am Virtual Farm Tour – Brett Rudd, Idaho
10:30 am Coffee & Snack Break
11:00 am Crop Rotations, Economics & Benefits – Nityananda Khanal, AAFC Beaverlodge
11:30 am Prairie Pesticide Minor Use Consortium Overview & Representative Grasses Project Update – Ron Pidskalny, Strategic Vision Consulting Ltd.
12:00 pm Lunch
1:30 pm Crop Protection Options – Calvin Yoder or panel
2:00 pm Cover Crops: Mixes & Opportunities – Mike Schellenberg, AAFC Swift Current
2:30 pm Carbon sequestration in Forage Seed Production OR Legume Inoculants in Canada
3:00 pm Conference Ends

We hope that you now feel as excited about the conference as we are and have marked the dates in your calendar to join us in Edmonton next February.  Registration is CAD $250/person and more information will continually be posted on the conference webpage:

Please feel free to contact Talon Gauthier at or 1 877 630 2198.

IHSG Conference Updates

The 10th IHSG Conference in Oregon is drawing closer.  Space is limited on tours and some other activities so now is the time to make arrangements to attend the 2019 conference.  The following are some updates:


The program can be found on the conference web site at the program tab:


Check back in here as the program will be updated in the near future.


Registration continues for the conference.  To register for the conference or tours and other activities, please click on the registration tab to get signed up at the IHSG conference web site:


Information about lodging and other travel considerations can be found under other tabs on the web site.

Accompanying Persons Tour

Coming to Corvallis with a conference delegate and not attending the sessions or workshops?   There is a nice accompany persons program that will take you to many of western Oregon’s best points of interest.  For more information, please visit the link below:


I look forward to seeing you in Corvallis.

Call for Abstracts 10th IHSG Conference

The Local Organizing Committee for the 10th IHSG Conference is pleased to announce the opening call for abstracts.

To submit an abstract, please click on the link below or copy the web address below into your web browser to go to the IHSG conference web site:


Web Address:

Once you are at the IHSG conference web site, please select the Call for Abstracts tab.  Instructions on how to prepare and submit your abstract can be found on this page.

I look forward to seeing you in Corvallis, Oregon USA in 2019.

The Journal of Applied Seed Production

The Journal of Applied Seed Production was published by the IHSG membership over a 17-year period.  The journal’s publication run began in 1983 and ended in 1999.  During that time span, 231 papers were published in the journal by authors from 24 countries.  The journal published original research papers as well as notes and reviews.  Abstracts and keynote papers from past IHSG conferences were included in supplements to the journal’s regular issues.

IHSG Membership Invitation


As president of the International Herbage Seed Group (IHSG), I am pleased to invite you to join the IHSG or to renew your membership if you are currently a member.  All current members are required to renew their memberships.  Membership in the IHSG is free of charge.

The IHSG is an organization dedicated to improving our understanding of the science and technology of grass and forage legume seed production.  The IHSG first started meeting in 1987 and has offered 9 international conferences and 5 workshops at locations across the globe.  In addition to hosting international meetings, the organization has also produced publications including a long-running newsletter, two books, and a journal.

To become a member of the IHSG or to renew your membership, select the membership tab here on the IHSG web site.  Fill out the form on the membership page and submit the requested information.  Nothing else is needed.

I thank you for your time and consideration.