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Field Day Offers Full Plate of Ag Research

Field Day Offers Full Plate of Ag Research

MU Southwest Research Center Field Day set for Sept. 9 at Mount Vernon.

From micro-farming with backyard chickens to developing a forage system for pasture-based dairy, the Southwest Research Center will showcase its latest in agricultural research and applied practices at the 51st annual field day on Friday, Sept. 9.

The Southwest Research Center is one of 20 experiment stations around the state at which the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources conducts impactful research benefitting Missourians.

Attendees can participate in educational tours, which cover dairy, beef, forages, horticulture, viticulture, entomology, energy production and conservation on the farm, forestry and micro-farming. The event starts at 9 a.m. Free lunch is provided for the first 1,000 attendees.

Dusty Walter, MU Extension agroforestry research specialist, will operate a portable sawmill loaned to the university by Baker Products of Ellington. "We'll be discussing all the values Missouri's 14 million acres of forest provide, including lumber, fine furniture, bioenergy, carbon sequestration and clean air and water," Walter said. 

Ted Probert, MU Extension dairy specialist, will present the "Missouri Method" of pasture-based dairying. The method is globally renowned, and was researched and developed by a team of experts from MU at the Southwest Research Center and proven in collaboration with area producers, Probert said.

For beef producers, MU beef specialist Justin Sexten will discuss supplementation strategies for weaned calves. "Forage supplies have been limited this year due to drought, so it's especially important to optimize efficiency and use strategies that promote good growth throughout the winter," Sexten said.

Big producers and backyard gardeners alike can benefit from more than 30 presentations, which will provide strategies for attendees to improve their energy efficiency, boost production, manage pests and stay abreast of the latest agricultural research.


The Southwest Research Center is located 4 miles west of Mount Vernon. Tours will be within walking distance of the headquarters, except for the dairy tour. Wagons for the dairy tour will leave every hour.

For more information about the field day, contact the Southwest Center at 417-466-2148 or

Source: MU-CAFNR Office of Communications

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