Field Day offers programs Sept. 14

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Programs on diverse areas of agriculture will be presented on Friday, Sept. 14, at the Field Day for the University of Missouri's Southwest Research Center, near Mt. Vernon.

Programs will be presented from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. A free lunch will be provided for the first 1,000 visitors. In addition to the speakers working in several locations on the research farm, there will be a walking tour of horticulture research, a tree and shrub walk at noon and exhibitors showing agricultural products.

Programs scheduled to being at 9 a.m. will offer information on reducing heat stress in dairy cattle, managing pastures, the choice between selling cows and buying feed and a new Smartphone application that diagnoses heat stress.

In the beef tour, which will also begin at 9 a.m. will feature Justin Sexten, who will speak on dealing with the effects of drought, Dr. Larry Forgey, who will explain new rules from the Food and Drug Administration on antibiotic use, Andy McCorkill, who will discuss nitrate issues in beef, and livestock specialist Eldon Cole, who will speak on the Missouri branding law.

Other sessions begin at 9 a.m. include a forage tour, agroforestry and entomology.

The following programs will begin at 9:30 a.m.

At the vegetable plot, Shon Bishop will provide tips on extending the growing season for fruit and vegetable production. Steven Kirk will talk on chili peppers.

In the horticulture tour, Patrick Byers will provide tips on backyard tomato production. John Avery will offer information on fruit production for homeowners. Bishop will detail programs available through the U.S. Department of Agriculture for vegetable and fruit growers. Nadia Navarrete-Tindall will speak on plants and habitat that protects pollinating insects.

The walking tour, conducted by Andy Thomas, will be given at 9:15, 10:30 a.m. and noon. Thomas will discuss recent growing experiments and explain progress on trees and shrubs.

Two programs begin at 10 a.m. In the vineyard tour, Anthony Peccoux will provide an introduction to growing grapes in Missouri. Patrick Byers will discuss producing table grapes.

The Southwest Research Center is located on Highway H, east of the Mt. Vernon airport, and four miles southwest of Mt. Vernon.

For additional information, call 417-466-2148.

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