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Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day will feature tours on soybeans, cotton and weeds

The Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day will showcase more than 10 presentations related to a variety of subjects, including soybeans, cotton and weeds. The event begins at 9 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 30, at the Center in Portageville.

The Field Day, as well as lunch served around noon, is free and open to the public.

“We worked really hard this year to make sure we were showcasing not only our outstanding research programs, but also talking about issues our local farmers and producers are facing,” said Jason Bean, interim superintendent of the Fisher Delta Research Center. “We’re going to have some really interesting presentations throughout the morning.”

The Field Day will feature four tours: soybean, cotton, weeds and general agriculture. The soybean tour will feature Pengyin Chen, Scotty Smothers and Gene Stevens, all of whom do research at Fisher Delta. They will share information on breeding soybeans for flood tolerance and a general soybean breeding update.

The cotton tour will also feature three Fisher Delta Research Center speakers – Calvin Meeks, Chelsea Toton and Earl Vories. Meeks is the go-to research scientist for cotton at the Center, and will talk about improving cotton production in Missouri through the use of reduced tillage production systems. Toton will share outcomes from Fisher Delta’s cotton variety testing. Vories will talk about precision irrigation.

Calvin Meeks (left) and Earl Vories will both present during the Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day. Meeks is the go-to research scientist for cotton at the Center, and will talk about improving cotton production in Missouri through the use of reduced tillage production systems. Vories will talk about precision irrigation.Calvin Meeks (left) and Earl Vories will both present during the Fisher Delta Research Center Field Day. Meeks is the go-to research scientist for cotton at the Center, and will talk about improving cotton production in Missouri through the use of reduced tillage production systems. Vories will talk about precision irrigation.

“The Fisher Delta Research Center is known for its outstanding research related to cotton and soybeans,” Bean said. “We’re excited to share what we’ve done during the past year.”

The weeds tour will feature topics related to overlapping soil herbicides in cotton and general weed science. Agriculture marketing, industrial hemp and ground water resources of the Bootheel will be discussed during the general agriculture tour.

Along with the various presentations, a giving match of up to $500 per donor will also be featured during the Field Day. From Aug. 1 to Oct. 31, CAFNR will match donations made directly to any of the Research Centers. That means a $250 donation, for example, would result in $500 overall to whichever Center the individual chooses.

“Our Centers play a vital role in the CAFNR mission by conducting timely and important research – and taking that research to our farmers and producers,” CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert said. “Each Research Center is an important staple 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 will ensure the prominence of our Centers, as well as help agriculture research and education thrive in our state.”

Donations can be made online by visiting the Mizzou Give Direct site and entering the Research Center of choice in the search tab. Donations can also be made in person during each Field Day.

The Fisher Delta Research Center is one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. The Center is located on County Road 308 in Portageville. For more information about the Field Day, call Tina Clark at 573-379-5431 or email her at Clarktr@missouri.edu. For more information about the Fisher Delta Research Center, visit delta.missouri.edu.