In what is likely a precursor to many University of Missouri agriculture events for summer and early fall 2020, the Mizzou Pest Management Field Day has moved to a virtual event.
According to Mandy Bish, University of Missouri Extension plant science specialist, COVID-19 prevented the field day from being a live, in-person event. Not everyone can visit the host site at MU’s Bradford Research Center. Bish says there are still restrictions in place at MU facilities, so individual farmers cannot simply drive up to the center and walk around to view research trials in progress. However, Bish and her colleagues still want farmers to have access to information.
“We will launch a video series in the coming weeks,” she explains. “We aim to feature one three- to five-minute video per week.” She says the Weed Science group plans to post at least six videos, but she is hoping for more.
Some of the topics included in the videos will cover research by MU scientists as well as graduate students. They will cover areas like:
• recent dicamba data
• new chemicals for weed control in corn and soybeans
• weed electrocution as a nonchemical control option
• Mizzou Weed Science (@ShowMeWeeds) July 7, 2020
• Seed Terminator research data from the 2019 harvest season
• integrated cereal rye cover crop with at-harvest weed seed destruction techniques
• fall-seeded cereal rye seeding rates on early-season waterhemp emergence in soybeans
“The videos provide easy access and will allow producers to watch when it is most convenient for them,” Bish says. She says farmers will have unlimited access to the videos as they will stay online through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. Trial results will also be on the MU Weed Science page under the left-hand column tab ‘Research Results’ in late fall or early winter.
Engaging the public
Bish says the social media sites give farmers the opportunity to interact with MU researchers.
“Social media will provide a place to ask questions, leave comments and start conversations about the videos,” she explains. “Additionally, there is the option of following up with questions about the videos privately via email.
Unfortunately, the Mizzou Pest Management Field day will not offer any continuing education credits for certified crop advisers.
“Hopefully, in 2021 we will be able to return to the standard format of meeting at Bradford Research Center and having in-person discussions,” Bish adds.