The Hundley-Whaley Research Center is set to host an in-person field day on Saturday, Sept. 11. The event will run from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration will begin at 10 a.m.
Along with traditional field day topics, several other events will be held throughout the day. A Classic Tractor Exhibit will be present, and there will be booths set up in the pavilion with representatives from agricultural companies. Representatives from MFA, NOVUS, BASF, Fiber Hemp Industry and more will be present.
“We are super excited to host an in-person field day this year after our virtual event last year,” said Superintendent Jennifer Miller. “I personally prefer in-person learning, but with our virtual event last year, we were able to reach so many more people. It was great to be able to share our passion for agriculture to a larger audience. With the success of our virtual event last year, we will be doing a hybrid event. We will be recording our workshops, farm tour and classic tractor exhibit for viewing after the event.”
Various workshops will be held throughout the day. Andy Luke, field specialist in agronomy, will talk about waterhemp control in Northwest Missouri. He will discuss what he has seen and share trials and successes of controlling waterhemp.
Jim Humphrey, livestock specialist for MU Extension and Shawn Deering, field specialist in livestock, will talk about native warm season grasses and legumes. Guests will be able to see the research and demonstration plot they have planted at the Center. Humphrey and Deering will discuss the opportunities and benefits of adding native warm season grasses and legumes to a producer’s operation.
A Rantizo representative will be demonstrating the use of drones for applying fertilizer, pesticide, and cover crop. They will discuss the benefit of using drones in crops such as precise in-field applications, lessening soil compaction from heavy equipment, and accessing areas like steep hillsides or saturated soils.
A workshop on modern homesteading will be offered with information on gardening and how to create a lifestyle of self-sufficiency in our modern world.
“One of the most common feedbacks we have received from past field days is that there wasn’t enough time for interaction with the presenters,” said Miller. “Hopefully the workshop format will allow for a more in-depth learning experience.”
A self-guided tour of the farm will also be an option for attendees. There will be points of interests marked along the tour with a handout to further explain each research plot. Lunch will also be provided at the event.
Hundley-Whaley Research Center is one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ (CAFNR) Agricultural Experiment Stations. The Center is in Albany, Mo. For more information about Field Day, call Jennifer Miller at 660-726-3698 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the Hundley-Whaley Research Center, visit hundleywhaley.missouri.edu.