This year's Wurdack Farm Field Day on Friday, Oct. 7, will include a demonstration of a portable sawmill as well as talks on forage, beef production, timber management and agroforestry.
"Our field days are known for providing information that can be taken home and put to work on your farm. This year won't be any different," said John Poehlmann, superintendent of the 1,200-acre University of Missouri research center, located near Cook Station in Crawford County. The center is part of a network of 20 research centers around the state at which the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources conducts impactful research benefitting Missouri farmers and agricultural professionals.
The field day begins at 8 a.m. with coffee and breakfast snacks. Tours of research and demonstration projects on the farm begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at noon. Attendees can enjoy a steak sandwich lunch at the spring after the tours.
Craig Payne, DVM, MU Extension veterinarian, will provide an update on trichomoniasis, including new state regulations for testing and transporting bulls. Trichomoniasis, commonly referred to as "trich," is a reproductive disease in cattle that can have a devastating financial impact in beef operations because of reduced calf crops and expenses associated with cleaning up an infected herd.
MU Extension beef nutritionist Justin Sexten will discuss forage management using the "grazing wedge." "Wurdack, as well as a number of other research centers in the state, has been involved with a Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) grant project that is designed to explore the use of routine pasture forage measurements for improving forage utilization and quality," Sexten said.
Ted Cunningham, MU Extension livestock specialist, will present results from a summer study at Wurdack that evaluated four different systems for grazing late-weaned, fall-born calves. Calves in this study grazed and were evaluated in four systems, including bermudagrass, hybrid sorghum, Sudangrass, and cool-season grass. "The goal of the study is to help producers identify systems that can be applied to southern Missouri that provide optimum performance and cost of gain for weaned fall-born calves," Cunningham said.
On the timber/agroforestry tour, MU agroforestry research specialist Dusty Walter will discuss a multiyear silvopasture study of thinning timber stands, including recent findings on how light penetration in the stands influences both timber and forage growth. Walter will also explain the impact of controlled grazing on the growth and development of managed forests.
Hank Stelzer, MU Extension forester, will use a portable sawmill to demonstrate the effect log quality has on lumber yield and quality. John Dwyer, MU forestry professor, will discuss the shortleaf pine restoration and silvopasture projects at Wurdack.
Source: MU-CAFNR Office of Communications