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Justin Sexten explains process of ammoniating hay forage MU Beef Nutritionist Justin Sexten explains the process of ammoniating hay forage supplies. Photo by Mark Burden.

Whether you’re a seasoned farmer or this spring is your first in the field, the University of Missouri’s College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) field days will offer ample opportunities to learn about techniques, tools and technology that you can employ on your farm. CAFNR has more than 14,000 acres dedicated to agricultural research in every corner of Missouri. Ongoing research at the out-state network helps farmers address emerging pest problems, respond and recover from droughts and floods, and provides the latest science to improve their operations.

Research and extension faculty from the University of Missouri will share research developments to enhance your operations, and help you save money and resources while conserving the natural environment. Whether it’s new strategies for stockpiling forages, improving a pasture, controlling waterhemp, becoming an elderberry entrepreneur or improving soybean yields, the field days across the state will address your agricultural challenges and questions.

“Research presented at our field days is almost totally driven by those we serve,” said John Poehlmann, assistant director of the Missouri Agriculture Experiment Station. “Our scientists gather information about problems farmers are facing and work to solve those. Research is done in collaboration with farmers, industry, government and other universities in order to determine the best approach – economically, environmentally and socially – for the challenges that confront Missouri farmers.”

CAFNR has several research centers around the state, many of which host multiple educational events, workshops and tours throughout the year. The events and field days are also an excellent time to connect with friends and learn from Missouri’s growing agricultural community.

hornworm on tomato Attendees learned how to control pests, such as this tomato hornworm. Photo by Mark Burden.

Save the date for the events in your area and explore innovative and practical developments in production agriculture, forestry, horticulture, natural resources management, soil fertility and more.

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2013 MU Field Days

Aug. 6: Greenley Research Center Field Day, Novelty

Aug. 27: Graves-Chapple Research Center Field Day, Rock Port

Aug. 28: Hundley-Whaley Research Center Field Day, Albany

Aug. 29: Delta Research Center Field Day, Portageville

Sept. 5: Bradford Research Center Tomato Festival, Columbia

Sept. 10: Bradford Research Center Ag Education Day, Columbia

Sept. 12: Southwest Research Center Ag Education Day, Mount Vernon

Sept. 13: Southwest Research Center Field Day, Mount Vernon

Sept. 17: Thompson Research Center Field Day, Spickard

Sept. 21: South Farm Research Center Showcase, Columbia

Sept. 25: Forage Systems Research Center Field Day, Linneus

Sept. 26: Hundley-Whaley Research Center Ag Education Day, Albany

Sept. 27: Graves-Chapple Research Center Ag Education Day, Rock Port

Oct. 3: Wurdack Research Center Ag Education Day, Cook Station

Oct. 4: Wurdack Research Center Field Day, Cook Station

Oct. 5: Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center Field Day, New Franklin


Photos by Mark Burden


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