Vegetable Grower’s Field Day Returns to Bradford

Field day to focus on a variety of vegetable-related topics

The Vegetable Grower’s Field Day will return to the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Bradford Research Center this summer, with a focus on a variety of vegetable-related topics.

The field day will run from 3-6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2 at the Research Center in Columbia. The day will feature presentations on topics ranging from sweet corn to tomatoes and peppers. The event is free and open to the public.

“The Vegetable Grower’s Field Day was extremely popular last year, and we’re happy to have more tours and topics this year,” said Andrew Biggs, superintendent of the Bradford Research Center. “We’re excited to have MU faculty, staff and Extension represented during the day, as well as the Columbia Center for Urban Agriculture (CCUA).”

Steve Kirk, a research specialist in the Division of Plant Sciences, will present on his organic watermelon and cover crop research during the Vegetable Grower's Field Day.Steve Kirk, a research specialist in the Division of Plant Sciences, will present on his organic watermelon and cover crop research during the Vegetable Grower’s Field Day.

The afternoon will kick off at the Poehlmann Educational Center with talks from David Trinklein, an associate professor in the MU Division of Plant Sciences, and Tony Minnick, the farm manager of CCUA. Trinklein, who will speak from 3-3:30 p.m., will discuss the importance of pollinator stewardship to home gardens. Minnick will follow with a 30-minute presentation on the production techniques and systems used by CCUA.

“Tony’s discussion on the techniques and systems used by CCUA will be a great opportunity for the Columbia community to get an inside look at urban agriculture,” Biggs said.

A wagon tour will begin at 4 p.m. Wagons will leave the Poehlmann Educational Building right at 4 p.m., so individuals interested in the wagon tour presentations need to be ready to depart by that time.

There will be three stops on the wagon tour. Steve Kirk, a research specialist in the Division of Plant Sciences, will present on his organic watermelon and cover crop research from 4:15-4:45 p.m. Assistant Director of the MU Agricultural Experiment Station, Tim Reinbott, will speak from 4:45-5:15 p.m. on sweet corn. Jim Quinn, an associate Extension professional, will discuss the hops variety trial taking place at Bradford from 5:15-5:45 p.m.

The evening will close with a tomato and pepper question and answer session from 5:45-6 p.m.

“There are a lot of unique projects taking place at Bradford in terms of vegetables,” Biggs said. “We’re happy to share the results from those projects with those who are interested.”

There will also be an opportunity to give back to the Bradford Research Center this year – with a giving match of up to $500 per donor. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, 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 Bradford by visiting the Bradford Research Center Excellence Fund and entering a gift amount. Donations can also be made in person during each field day event.

The Bradford Research Center is located at 4968 Rangeline Road in Columbia. For more information about the Vegetable Grower’s Field Day, call 573-884-7945 or email Biggs at BiggsA@missouri.edu. For more information about the Bradford Research Center, visit bradford.missouri.edu.