A wide variety of agriculture topics were presented on during the Greenley Research Center Field Day, which took place Tuesday, Aug. 6. Guests heard presentations related to beef, crops and integrated pest management.
There were several new discussions during the event, including talks related to industrial hemp and precision agriculture.
“We made sure to feature projects that our local farmers and producers are aware of and are looking for an update on,” said Donnie Hubble, superintendent of the Greenley Research Center. “We also wanted to add some presentations related to agriculture topics that are continually being talked about.”
Tim Reinbott, director of field operations for the Agricultural Experiment Station, shared information related to Greenley’s early work with industrial hemp during the crop tour. The Center is one of several University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers that is growing industrial hemp. Bo Young, a climate activation specialist for Climate FieldView, talked about the importance of precision agriculture, and graduate research assistant Savannah Burnett discussed nitrogen loss and management options for nitrogen during the crop tour as well.
The integrated pest management tour featured presentations on weeds, soybean cyst nematodes and building a between-row weed mower. Kevin Bradley, a professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, talked about weed management options in soybeans. Graduate student Morgan Bruhn shared information related to soybean cyst nematodes, and producer Pieter Los showcased how he built his own between-row weed mower.
The beef tour featured Jordan Thomas, assistant Extension professor in the Division of Animal Sciences; Eric Bailey, assistant professor in the Division of Animal Sciences; Zac Erwin, MU Extension field specialist in livestock; and Sara Nilson, graduate research assistant in the Division of Animal Sciences. Thomas talked about implementing a reproductive management program in a beef herd and Bailey discussed seed-head management in tall fescue. Erwin presented on warm-season grasses and Nilson shared information related to matching a cow’s genetics to the environment.
“Our local farmers and producers had a lot of great questions throughout each of our tours,” Hubble said. “It was great to see the interactions during the day.”
Lunch and several speakers, including CAFNR Vice Chancellor and Dean Christopher Daubert, followed the tours.
For a closer look at the Greenley Research Center Field Day, visit: flickr.com/photos/cafnr/albums/72157710181500586.