Fielding Your Questions

Agricultural Research Center Field Days are opportunity to learn about a variety of CAFNR research

Research Professor Kelly Nelson shows a recent study looking at the effects of subsurface drip irrigation systems for corn and soybeans at Greenley Research Center's 2014 Field Day.Research Professor Kelly Nelson shows a recent study looking at the effects of subsurface drip irrigation systems for corn and soybeans at Greenley Research Center’s 2014 Field Day.

Throughout the year, University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources researchers are busy performing studies, collecting data, making recommendations and much more, all to help farmers across the state. Most of the studies occur far from the Columbia campus, in small towns at every corner of Missouri. This regionally relevant research will be on display for the public in full-force this summer at the many Field Days.

“This is a great opportunity to get the latest information from CAFNR researchers and local Extension faculty,” said Marc Linit, senior associate director, MU Agricultural Experiment Stations.

The Agricultural Research Centers across the state routinely host Field Days as a chance for the public to learn more about ways to improve the product they produce or enhance the quality of their land by presentations and discussions with researchers, extension specialists and graduate students. For cattle ranchers and row-crop farmers to vineyard owners and walnut growers, there is plenty to gain from attending a Field Day; research and Extension faculty will address your agricultural challenges and questions.

Many Field Days feature a breakfast or luncheon for attendees, including Graves-Chapple's event.Many Field Days feature a breakfast or luncheon for attendees, including Graves-Chapple’s event.

For cattle ranchers, visit the Forage Systems Research Center in northern Missouri to see the latest on nitrogen management and forage production. Head to the Ozark hills at Wurdack Research Center outside of Rolla to understand the benefits of switching pastures from toxic fescue to novel endophyte varieties.

MU has long been known for its Variety Testing Program that helps farmers pick out the best seed. Each year, thousands of varieties of corn, soybean, wheat and cotton are tested at several centers and dozens of additional plots with the results published annually. To get an up-close look at the varieties, stop by Graves-Chapple Research Center in Rock Port, Hundley-Whaley Research Center in Albany or Greenley Research Center near Kirksville.

Missouri’s wine industry has seen a tenacious resurgence in the last decade and MU researchers are at the forefront. With the help of the MU Wine and Grape Institute and vineyards at Southwest Research Center in Mt. Vernon, the Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center near Boonville and South Farm Research Center in Columbia, grape growers are provided with the latest information and research.

Field Days are a great way to get your questions answered with CAFNR experts. Andy Thomas, horticulture specialist, leads a tour through the Southwest Research Center's black walnut orchards at their 2014 Field Day.Field Days are a great way to get your questions answered with CAFNR experts. Andy Thomas, horticulture specialist, leads a tour through the Southwest Research Center’s black walnut orchards at their 2014 Field Day.

Cotton and rice are sometimes forgotten Show-Me State crops. But at the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, have conducted cutting edge studies on these crops in the state’s southeastern Bootheel region for decades.

Back on the calendar this year is the Missouri Chestnut Roast, which showcases nut crops in the state at the Horicultural and Agroforestry Research Center in New Franklin.

For more information about CAFNR’s Agricultural Research Centers, visit cafnr.org.

For high-resolution press-quality photos of previous Field Days, visit http://bit.ly/fieldays. To download images of CAFNR’s Agricultural Research Centers, visit http://bit.ly/arcenters.

Schedule of Field Days at CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers

June
27 Bobwhite Quail Management in Modern Agriculture Field Day Columbia
July
28-29 Bradford Research Center Crop Injury  and Diagnostic Clinic Columbia
August
4 Greenley Research Center Field Day Novelty
6 Bradford Organic Vegetable Night Columbia
25 Graves-Chapple Research Center Field Day Rock Port
26 Hundley-Whaley Research Center Field Day Albany
September
2 Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day Portageville
3 Bradford Research Center Tomato Festival Columbia
11 Southwest Research Center Field Day Mt. Vernon
15 Thompson Research Center Field Day Spickard
26 South Farm Research Center Showcase Columbia
29 Forage Systems Research Center Field Day Linneus
October
2 Wurdack Research Center Field Day Cook Station
17 Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center Missouri Chestnut Roast New Franklin