Horticulture and Agroforestry Field Day Set for June 30

An apple blossom in one of HARC’s orchards. Each year the center donates between 13,000 and 18,000 pounds of apples to the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

NEW FRANKLIN – The Horticultural and Agroforestry Research Center (HARC) will host a Field Day featuring multiple presentations on agroforestry and horticulture from 9a.m. – 4p.m. June 30.

If you are interested in growing a few nut trees, or several acres, researchers from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri will showcase varieties and discuss care and pest control. Looking to start or expand your fruit orchard, or considering trying to cultivate the famous black truffle?  Johann Bruhn, associate research professor of plant sciences, has more than 10 years of research to share on the elusive and highly valuable mushroom.

The 665-acre Center will offer two tours throughout the day. The first tour offers seven presentations on nut and fruit trees, small fruits, mushrooms and wine grapes.

The second tour features silvopasture, shade tolerance trials of warm season grasses for forages in alley cropping systems and water quality and biomass research. Attendees will see the flood lab, where a research team is evaluating the flood tolerance of four biomass crops to simulate growing conditions along the Missouri and Mississippi River corridors.

Sougata Bardhan, a post doctoral fellow at the Center for Agroforestry, in one of his biomass research plots at HARC. Bardhan is evaluating flood tolerance of cottonwoods, willow trees, switchgrass and sorghum.

John Dwyer, associate professor of forestry and Jimmy Houx, research specialist in plant sciences, will discuss multiple species of Missouri crops and their suitability for biomass production.

Ray Glendening, superintendent at HARC, scans the row of pine needles ready for harvest.

Chris Starbuck, associate professor of plant sciences, will share promising research that a pine straw industry can be developed in the Midwest.

In addition to the latest research in raising cattle and trees together, developing new fruit and nut cultivars and finding fuel for the future, is a look into the past. Tours of one of the oldest standing brick homes in Missouri, the Hickman House, built in 1819, will also be available. The home sits atop a hill at HARC. All tours are free and open to the public. Lunch will be served from 11:30a.m. – 1:30p.m.

HARC is part of a network of research centers across Missouri, extending CAFNR’s research to nearly 13,000 acres to meet the regional research and demonstration needs of agricultural producers and natural resource managers.

For more information, contact Nancy Bishop BishopN@missouri.edu or 660-848-2268