Covering Important Topics

Hundley-Whaley Twilight Tour to focus on industrial hemp, wine and agronomic crop decisions

The Hundley-Whaley Research Center will feature two tours during its upcoming Twilight Tour, with a focus on industrial hemp, wine and agronomic crop decisions. The free Twilight Tour will run from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27.

There will be a prescribed burn demonstration and a free meal during the event as well. The meal will begin around 7 p.m.

“This year has introduced some interesting agricultural opportunities, and we’re hoping to touch on some of those during our Twilight Tour,” said Jennifer Miller, superintendent of the Hundley-Whaley Research Center. “While we only have two tours this year instead of our typical three, we have really packed the two tours with outstanding speakers and important topics.”

The agronomic crop decision tour will take a look at a variety of issues affecting farmers and producers. Precision agriculture, Japanese beetles and agricultural markets will all be featured. Andy Luke, a field specialist in agronomy for MU Extension, will present on how crops are handling the stress of flooding and drought.

“With the massive flooding issues this year and past drought complications, it was important to us to bring someone in to talk about how crops are handling all of that stress,” Miller said. “The markets are always changing, so we wanted to have someone talk through those issues. Japanese beetles continue to be a major pest, and precision agriculture is a hot topic that needs to be discussed.”

The second tour will feature presentations on industrial hemp and the Missouri wine industry. The University of Missouri Grape and Wine Institute will discuss the current state of the wine industry. The industrial hemp presentations will focus on the best way to grow the new crop in Missouri and possible markets.

“Obviously industrial hemp is an incredibly new crop, so we don’t have any research related to growing it,” Miller said. “However, we wanted to discuss the possibilities of this crop for our local growers.”

The prescribed burn demonstration will give attendees a chance to see the correct way to do this type of burn.

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 Hundley-Whaley Research Center is one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. The Center is located at 1109 S. Birch St. in Albany. For more information about the Field Day, call Miller at 660-726-3698 or email her at millerjl@missouri.edu. For more information about the Hundley-Whaley Research Center, visit hundleywhaley.missouri.edu.