An Evening of Learning

Hundley-Whaley Research Center showcased various projects during Twilight Tour

The Hundley-Whaley Research Center showcased various presentations related to a variety of agricultural topics during its annual Twilight Tour on Tuesday, Aug. 27, at the Center in Albany. Precision agriculture, Japanese beetles and industrial hemp were just a few of the topics covered during the event.

A meal followed the two tour options, one that featured agronomic crop decisions and the other featuring industrial hemp and the Missouri wine industry.

“We had such great speakers throughout the evening,” said Superintendent Jennifer Miller. “I was happy that we were able to touch on so many important topics for our local farmers and producers.”

The agronomic crop decision tour took a look at a variety of issues affecting farmers and producers. Precision agriculture, Japanese beetles and agricultural markets were all featured. Andy Luke, a field specialist in agronomy for University of Missouri Extension, had a general crop discussion with the audience during the tour as well. Kevin Rice, an assistant professor in the Division of Plant Sciences; Bo Young, a climate activation specialist for Climate FieldView; and John Kruse, an associate Extension professor in the Division of Agricultural and Applied Economics; presented during the agronomic crop decision tour, too.

“The markets are always changing, so we wanted to have someone talk through those issues,” Miller said. “Japanese beetles continue to be a major pest, and precision agriculture is a hot topic that needs to be discussed. It was great to have such a variety during that tour.”

Patrick Van Meter and Rich Selby, both with the Tiger Fiber Hemp Company, talked about the industrial hemp being grown at the Hundley-Whaley Research Center, as well as at the other MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. Alan Freeman, hemp program administrator at the Missouri Department of Agriculture, also discussed industrial hemp in Missouri. Dean Volenberg, an assistant Extension professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, talked through growing grapes and the Missouri wine industry in general.

“All of our speakers brought important information for our attendees,” Miller said. “We had some unique topics, which is important for our audience. We want to showcase all aspects of agriculture.”

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