MU Extension Hosts Greenley Field Day
By Beth Hunolt
On Thursday, August 13, The Greenely Research Center in affiliation with the University of Missouri Extension, near Novelty, held it’s 2009 Field Day. Eager farmers gathered at the research center at 8:30 am and were divided in to three different tour groups to start the morning off. The groups were driven to their destinations in a kind of hayride fashion, true to the day.
The pest control tour was the first stop for my group. There, guest speaker Kevin Bradley and his undergraduate students, informed the tour about pesticides, the economics of high-input vs. low-input corn production systems in Missouri, the benefits of using glyphosate mixes to effectively rid your field of waterhemp, how to manage your volunteer corn, and the best products based on their research to protect your crops with.
Next the tour was taken to through the beef section of the research center. The first stop along the beef tour was to hear guest speaker, Craig Payne, addressed the touring group with his speech on Agriculture Under Attack, educating the group of on animal activist groups and the possible damage they (activists groups) could do to the livestock farmers’ way of life. We were then whisked away to listen to Dr. Dave Patterson, he told his audience about the findings in comparing high accuracy sires. Curious on lookers were offered to inspect one of the four mobile inseminators in the state, owned by the University of Missouri Agriculture Department. Zac Ewin then presented to the public the correct way and time to bale hay in order to get the most nutrients. Justin Sexten then spoke on the importance of nutrition for weaning young calves. He told the audience the best way based on their studies and which products had the best nutritional value for their calves.
We were then taken to the northeast part of the farm on our tour. At our first stop we met Patrick Nash and he explained how to keep nitrogen gas in your corn, and which products were the best for keeping nitrogen from leaving the crop. Next John Shetley then showed us the corn that was foliar fertilized for fungicide interactions and the results of the testing. Our following appointment was with Kerry Clark, she spoke of the public conventional soybean varieties and which products, based on their studies, would give the farmers the most yields. The last stop along the crop tour was to hear Max Glover speak to his visitors on the different tests, such as soil testing, that the University of Missouri Extension offices offer to make sure that farmers are getting the most out of the materials they have.
The wagon was then taken to a complimentary lunch provided by the Greenley Research Center. After the meal was served, spectators could go on an additional tour to view the MU Drainage and Subirrigation Research Update (MUDS) hosted by Kelly Nelson, Clint Meinhardt, and Randall Smoot.
It was a beautiful day to be outside and the Research Center was able to present their findings to numerous farmers, making the Greenley Research Center’s field day a huge success.