The Greenley Research Center will hold its annual field day on Tuesday, Aug. 7.
The event will feature three tours, focusing on integrated pest management, agronomic management, and beef and forage management.
The field day begins at 7 a.m. and runs until 1:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and includes a free breakfast and lunch. Breakfast will go from 7-8 a.m.; the tours will run from 8 a.m. to noon; and the lunch program will last from 12-1:30 p.m. Breakfast is provided by FCS Financial – Macon. Lunch is provided by Missouri Corn Growers Association, Missouri Soybean Association and the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council.
“We are grateful to the many sponsors who make our field day successful,” said Dana Harder, superintendent of the Greenley Research Center. “Their continued support helps make events like this possible.”
Last year, the Center showcased its 240-acre Grace Greenley Farm that serves as a large-scale drainage and sub-irrigation demonstration site.
This year’s field day returns to the Greenley Research Center headquarters.
“There is a tremendous amount of research taking place here at the Center, and there are new faculty who will be presenting,” Harder said. “Returning to the main farm allows us to showcase our recent results and gives faculty an opportunity to meet area producers.”
The integrated pest management tour will include a discussion on dicamba use and management going forward by Kevin Bradley, a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences. There will also be a presentation on emerging insect pests in Missouri field crops by Kevin Rice, assistant professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, as well as talks on pathogens to watch for and an update on fungicide resistance management by Kaitlyn Bissonnette, assistant extension professor in the Division of Plant Sciences.
The agronomic tour will provide an overview of a new nitrification inhibitor in corn by Kelly Nelson, research agronomist at Greenley; a review of long-term tillage in a corn, soybean and wheat rotation by graduate student Renee Adler; and nitrogen loss and management options by graduate student Savannah Burnett.
The final tour, beef and forage management, will have two talks on hay. Eric Bailey, an assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and state beef extension specialist, will lead one of those discussions. His talk will focus on management options to extend the hay supply. The other stop will talk about how much a producer’s hay supply is worth, given by MU Extension regional livestock specialist Zac Erwin. A review of the Missouri Show-Me-Select Replacement Heifer Program will be presented on by David Patterson, professor in the Division of Animal Sciences and state beef extension specialist.
“Given the harsh winter and the dry summer we are currently experiencing, hay stockpiles will be short in northeast Missouri as a whole,” Harder said. “The beef and forage management tour will show producers how to maximize the value of their hay and provide management options to make the most of the hay they have.”
There will also be an opportunity to give back to the Greenley Research Center this year – with a giving match of up to $500 per donor. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) will match donations directed to any of the CAFNR Research Centers. That means a $250 donation, for example, would result in a $500 benefit to the selected center.
“Our Research Centers play a vital role in the CAFNR mission by conducting timely and important research – and taking that research to our farmers and producers,” said Christopher Daubert, CAFNR vice chancellor and dean. “Each Research Center is vitally important in the communities where they are located.
“Your donations provide critical operating funds that enable each of our Research Centers to purchase equipment, improve facilities and invest in new technologies. Your gifts ensure that our Research Centers continue the cutting-edge agriculture research and education necessary for the No. 1 industry in our state to continue to thrive.”
Donations can be made online to Greenley by visiting the Greenley Endowment for Agriculture Research and entering a gift amount. Donations can also be made in person during each field day event.