Highlights from Our Field Day
Photos from the 2014 Field Day
We had another successful Field Day on August 26. Thank you to all that attended and came out to hear the latest research. We had everything from crops to water quality. Our lineup of tour topics included cover crops, nitrogen management strategies, current and upcoming insect issues, weed management and the future of UAVs in agriculture.
Additional photos can be found online on CAFNR’s Flickr Page
Superintendent Jim Crawford welcomes the crowd at breakfast.
Senior Associate Dean Marc Linit spoke during lunch about the new CAFNR App available for Apple devices.
A complimentary lunch, provided by Kent Fisher Insurane, was served.
Andrew Scaboo, Senior Research Scientist – Division of Plant Sciences, spoke about his latest research in soybeans and how it can benefits producers of northern Missouri. Scaboo’s breeding work is the only research for soybeans suited for northern Missouri.
Tim Reinbott, superintendent of Bradford Research Center, spoke about cover crops. He shared information about the work they are doing and how it can benefit farmers. His research has found that cover crops can help with erosion control and nutrient availability for commodity crops and livestock.
NRCS specialists Chris Radar, Fred Cummings and Travis Kent demonstrated a water mitigation table that shows how a rain event effects soils with conventional tillage, no-till, cover crops and fescue. The jars then collect runoff and soil infiltration. The results are visually stunning as the conventional tillage showed extensive runoff and very little infiltration. The opposite was for the cover crops.
Peter Scharf, Professor – Division of Plant Sciences, spoke about the importance of better nitrogen management systems. He shared information and photos from farms about proper and wrong timing of nitrogen applications.
Kent Shannon, MU Extension natural resource engineering specialist, gave an update on where UAVs stand as a toll in agriculture. He showed his two quadcopters and how a mounted camera can take crop scouting and infrared pictures to benefit farmers.
Wayne Crook, MU Extension agronomy specialist, spoke about the use of fungicides on corn and soybeans. He showed examples of corn stalks and soybean plants that had been infected with certain diseases and ones that were treated.
Kevin Bradley, Associate Professor – Division of Plant Sciences, spoke about weed management issues and recommendations for producers this year and in the future. He stressed the importance of knowing your problem weeds and capitalizing on their weaknesses.