Dates for field days at University of Missouri centers and farms have been set for 2011. Field days feature agricultural research underway across the state. All are part of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Field days allow producers to hear the latest research. Most field days feature bleacher-wagon tours of research plots and MU Extension demonstrations. State and regional specialists with MU Extension present information for farmers.
"It is important for producers to stay current with accurate information," says Marc Linit, associate dean for MU Research and Extension. "They can do that at our field days across the state."
Field day date, farm location and contact person are:
July 7: Pest Management Day, Bradford Research and Extension Center, Columbia. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact Kevin Bradley, 573-882-4039
Aug. 9: Greenley Center Field Day, Novelty. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact Randall Smoot, 660-739-4410
Aug. 23: Graves-Chapple Farm Field Day, exit 99 on I-29 at Corning. Contact Jim Crawford, farm coordinator, Rock Port, 660-744-6231
Aug. 24: Hundley-Whaley Center Field Day, 1109 S. Birch, Albany. Starts at 9 a.m. Contact Bruce Burdick, superintendent, 660-726-3698
Sept. 2: Delta Center Field Day, 147 W. State Highway T, Portageville. Starts at 9 a.m. Contact Jake Fisher, 573-379-5431
Sept. 9: Southwest Research Center Field Day, Highway H, 4 miles southwest of Mt. Vernon. Starts at 9 a.m. Contact Mike Collins, superintendent, Columbia, 573-882-3001
Sept. 20: Thompson Farm Field Day, Spickard. Starts at 9 a.m. Contact Rod Geisert, superintendent, Columbia, 573-884-0934
Sept 29: Forage Systems Research Center Field Day, 21262 Genoa Road, Linneus. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact David Davis, superintendent, 660-895-5121
Oct. 7: Wurdack Farm Field Day, Cook Station. Starts at 8:30 a.m. Contact John Poehlmann, superintendent, Columbia, 573-882-4450
Each of the MU research farms has a website that will give field day programs closer to the events. See http://aes.missouri.edu for links to farm websites.
All events are open to the public and free, except for the Pest Management Day, which has a $10 fee that covers costs of a research-plot book and lunch. That is the only event that requires advance registration.
Source: MU Cooperative Media Group