Farmers Shown Methods To Improve Crop Yields At Field Days

While no one can control the weather, you can learn the best ways to prepare for it and adapt to it at CAFNR's Field Days across the state.

Published on: Apr 27, 2012

Droughts, floods, spring deluges, and late and early frosts are all possibilities that face Missouri farmers—sometimes in a matter of days. While no one can control the weather, you can learn the best ways to prepare for it and adapt to it at CAFNR's Field Days across the state.

Researchers and extension agents from the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) at the University of Missouri will share research developments to enhance your operations, and help you save money and resources while conserving the natural environment. Whether it's new strategies for stockpiling forages, establishing silvopastures, becoming an elderberry entrepreneur or improving soybean yields, the Field Days across the state will address your agricultural challenges and questions.

TEACHING MOMENT: Wayne Flanary, MU agronomy specialist, explains how to estimate soybean yields to a group of students at Hundley-Whaley Research Centers FFA Day last fall. Credit: University of Missouri
TEACHING MOMENT: Wayne Flanary, MU agronomy specialist, explains how to estimate soybean yields to a group of students at Hundley-Whaley Research Center's FFA Day last fall. Credit: University of Missouri

"Research presented at our field days is almost totally driven by those we serve," John Poehlmann, assistant director of the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, says. "Our scientists gather information about problems farmers are facing and work to solve those."

Research is done in collaboration with farmers, industry, government and other universities in order to determine the best approach – economically, environmentally and socially – for the challenges that confront Missouri farmers, he adds.

EXPERT ADVICE: MU research agronomist Kelly Nelson explains the results of corn yield response to foliar boron and fungicide application at Greenley Research Centers 2011 field day. Credit: University of Missouri
EXPERT ADVICE: MU research agronomist Kelly Nelson explains the results of corn yield response to foliar boron and fungicide application at Greenley Research Center's 2011 field day. Credit: University of Missouri

CAFNR has 17 unique research centers around the state, many of which host multiple educational events, workshops and tours throughout the year. The events and Field Days are also an excellent time to connect with friends and learn from Missouri's growing agricultural community.

Save the date for the events in your area and explore innovative and practical developments in production agriculture, forestry, horticulture, natural resources management, soil fertility and more.

FRONT ROW SEAT: Producers listen to MU plant sciences professor Robert Kallenbachs presentation on forage quality and managing nitrate levels at last years field day at the MU Wurdack Research Center.Credit: University of Missouri
FRONT ROW SEAT: Producers listen to MU plant sciences professor Robert Kallenbach's presentation on forage quality and managing nitrate levels at last year's field day at the MU Wurdack Research Center.Credit: University of Missouri

JUNE

June 21

Bobwhite Quail and Native Pollinator Field Day, 1-7 p.m.

Bradford Research Center, Columbia
573-884-7945

June 30

Horticulture and Agroforestry Research Center Field Day

HARC, New Franklin
660-848-2268

JULY

July 12

IPM Field Day (morning)
Farmer Field Day (afternoon)

Bradford Research Center, Columbia
573-884-7945

AUGUST

Aug. 7

Greenley Field Day

Greenley Research Center, Novelty
660-739-4410

Aug. 28

Graves-Chapple Field Day

Graves-Chapple Farm, Rock Port
660-744-6231

Aug. 29

Hundley-Whaley Field Day

Hundley-Whaley Center, Albany
660-726-5610

Aug. 31

Delta Research Center Field Day

Delta Research Center, Portageville
573-379-5431

SEPTEMBER

Sept. 6

Tomato Festival

Bradford Research Center, Columbia
573-884-7945

Sept. 11

Bradford FFA Day

Bradford Research Center, Columbia
573-884-7945

Sept. 13

Southwest Center FFA Day

Southwest Center, Mt. Vernon
417-466-2109

Sept. 14

Southwest Center Field Day

Southwest Center, Mt. Vernon
417-466-2109

Sept. 18

Thompson Farm Research Center Field Day

Thompson Farm, Spickard
660-485-6576

Sept. 22

South Farm Showcase

South Farm, Columbia
573-882-4450

Sept. 25

FSRC Field Day and Ag Ed Day

Forage Systems Research Center, Linneus
660-895-5121

Sept. 27

Hundley-Whaley FFA Day

Hundley-Whaley Center, Albany
660-726-5610

Sept. 28

Graves-Chapple FFA Day

Graves-Chapple Farm , Rock Port
660-744-6231

OCTOBER

Oct. 4

Wurdack FFA Day

Wurdack Farm, Cook Station
573-884-7991

Oct. 5

Wurdack Field Day

Wurdack Farm, Cook Station
573-884-7991

For more information, visit http://aes.missouri.edu/.

-Source University of Missouri-Columbia