A Big Boost

Greenley Research Center to unveil new farm during field day

The Greenley Research Center will showcase its 240-acre Grace Greenley Farm during its 40th annual field day on Tuesday, Aug. 8.

The field day will feature a variety of demonstrations and will officially unveil the Grace Greenley Farm, located just south of the Greenley Research Center. The entire field day will be held at the Grace Greenley Farm, including breakfast, lunch and the tours.

Research agronomist Kelly Nelson talks to attendees of last year's Greenley Research Center field day. This year's event will be held at the Grace Greenley Farm, just south of the Greenley Research Center.Research agronomist Kelly Nelson talks to attendees of last year’s Greenley Research Center field day. This year’s event will be held at the Grace Greenley Farm, just south of the Greenley Research Center.

The farm is housing a variety of water quality projects, and serves as a large-scale drainage and sub-irrigation demonstration farm.

“This farm is a big boost to our Center,” said Superintendent Dana Harder. “Not only do we get to showcase the Grace Greenley Farm, we get to celebrate our 40th field day. Both events coincide perfectly together. It should be an awesome day.”

The field day is free and open to the public. Breakfast will run from 7-9 a.m., with a ceremonial program at 7:30 a.m. Tours will go from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a free lunch served at noon.

The farm was officially deeded over to the Center in 2015 from Miss Hortense Greenley’s estate upon her passing. The Center has been actively developing the farm, which includes 140 acres of tillable ground.

“We’re lucky to have such a large farm to work with and develop,” Harder said. “There aren’t a lot of entities that have the resources to do something on this scale. We’ve been blessed to have this farm donated and to have the ability to make something happen.”

The farm increases the Greenley Research Center land capacity by 30 percent.

Greenley has collaborated with several partners for the numerous projects at the Grace Greenley Farm. USDA’s National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Missouri Land Improvement Contractors Association (LICA) have both played a role in the development of the farm.

The field day will feature several demonstrations and presentations, as well as live installations of different systems. One of those items is a bioreactor, which is a pit full of wood chips that filters drainage water. The Center is testing the quality of the water filtering through.

Reid Smeda, professor of plant sciences, presents to attendees of last year's Greenley Research Center field day.Reid Smeda, professor of plant sciences, presents to attendees of last year’s Greenley Research Center field day.

Greenley has installed replicated terraces on the east side of the farm, covering 25 acres. Each terrace is tilled separately allowing for replicated trials to be conducted.

“The terraces are quite unique in a large scale like this,” Harder said. “Research agronomist Kelly Nelson has established different cover crop terraces. We will be able to evaluate the effect of cover crop establishment on water quality in a terraced environment.”

Greenley will also be installing pattern tiles at different depths in a soybean and corn rotation to determine how deep you can tile into claypan soil.

The Greenley Research Center is located at 64399 Greenley Place in Novelty, Mo., and is one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. The Grace Greenley Farm is located approximately 3.75 miles south of Highway 156 on Highway 151 in Knox County. It is 4.2 miles north of Leonard, Mo. For more information about the field day, call 660-739-4410 or email Harder at harderd@missouri.edu. For more information about the Greenley Research Center, visit greenley.cafnr.org.