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Fertile Ground

Learn all about soil fertility, crops and beef production at MU Greenley Center Field Day. By Duane Dailey

Soil fertility will be featured on each of the three tours, even the beef tour, at the Greenley Memorial Research Center Field Day, Thursday, Aug. 2, at the University of Missouri farm near Novelty.

Fertilizers are a concern because of rising costs and changing technology. Alternatives to ammonium nitrate will be discussed, says Randall Smoot, superintendent.

Three tours featuring crops, pest management and beef will start at 8:30 a.m. Each four-stop tour will be repeated until noon. On the crop tour, Kelly Nelson, MU research agronomist at the center, will cover research on polymer-coated urea, slow-release nitrogen for crops. He also will show the fertility value of distillers dried grains, a co-product of ethanol. Chris Zumbrunnen, MU Extension livestock specialist, Milan, will describe the soil nutrients in a bale of hay fed on pasture. Clint Meinhardt, Greenley Center researcher, will report on studies of potassium fertility and fungicide applications to soybeans.

Other speakers will tell of variable-source fertilizer applications, fungicides on corn, management of glyphosate-resistant weeds, and feeding distiller's grains to beef cattle.

New opportunities

G.W. Dimmitt, representing Premium Ag Products of Clarence, will describe how the farmer-owned cooperative will help producers sell identity-preserved crops for added value. Karisha Devlin, MU Extension farm business specialist, Edina, will tell of a series of marketing and management lessons for farmwomen. Devlin has taught Annie's Project, which encourages women to become familiar with the business side of the family farm.

Lunch speaker will be Katie Smith, director of the Missouri Department of Agriculture.


The field day is the 30th one held at the Greenley Center. "The first field day was 31 years ago," Smoot says. "But, we didn't have anything to show in the drought of 1988, so we cancelled all tours that year." Smoot will be looking for those, like him, who have attended every field day.

For field day details, e-mail Randall Smoot at or call 660-739-4410.

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