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.
The following programs begin at 9 a.m. Speakers will talk for 30 minutes on each topic. Each presentation will be made twice.
In the dairy tour, Joe Zulovich will speak on reducing heat stress. Ted Probert will talk about measuring, monitoring and managing pastures. Joe Horner will assess the choices between selling cows or buying feed. Don Spiers will explain a new smartphone application that diagnoses heat stress.
In the beef tour, Justin Sexten will speak on dealing with the effects of drought. Dr. Larry Forgey will explain new rules from the Food and Drug Administration on antibiotic use. Andy McCorkill will discuss nitrate issues in beef. Livestock specialist Eldon Cole will speak on the Missouri branding law.
In the forage tour, Rob Kallenbach will discuss stretching hay supplies. Craig Roberts will speak about a new endophyte mold discovered in tall fescue. Kevin Bradley will speak on weed management considerations for pastures and hayfields. Tim Schnakenberg will talk about using annual ryegrass in pastures.
On agroforestry, Hank Stelzer will discuss selling timber. Dusty Walter will speak on preserving health in timber.
The entomology tour will feature Wayne Bailey talking about dung beetles. Brad Fresenburg will discuss managing moles.
The following programs will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will only be offered once.
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.
Two programs will be presented in a van. At 10 a.m., Kevin Young and Leon Riggs will discuss beekeeping in southwest Missouri. At 11 a.m., Pen Poirot will speak on opportunities for black walnut production.
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.