A Closer Look at Natural Resources

FSRC to focus on timely agricultural topics during field day

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Forage Systems Research Center will bring a variety of topics to its annual field day on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and includes a free lunch, served at noon. The field day will touch on timely agricultural topics, including pond management, timber stand improvement, temperature inversion potential and sunn hemp research.

“Our field day survey from last year indicated that people were interested in learning more about natural resources, so we adjusted this year’s field day to accommodate more of these types of topics,” said Superintendent David Davis.

Valerie Tate, Linn County Extension specialist, will present on using summer annual forages during this year's FSRC field day.Valerie Tate, Linn County Extension specialist, will present on using summer annual forages during this year’s FSRC field day.

The Missouri Department of Conservation will have a strong presence at the field day, sharing information on edge feathering of timber with a goal of improving quail habitat. Along with a talk on pond management, MDC will also present on Chronic Wasting Disease in deer.

“The Forage Systems Research Center is located in the middle of the MDC’s Chronic Wasting Disease management zone, and there is a lot of confusion on what is being done to manage this disease,” Davis said. “At our field day, you can learn about current efforts to control CWD in Missouri’s deer herd.”

There will be a sawmill demonstration during the event, led by Murrell Enterprises, LLC. Valerie Tate, a Linn County Extension specialist, will present on using summer annual forages. Pat Guinan, state climatologist, will share how the Missouri Mesonet operates, as well as temperature inversion potential. Graduate student Josh Tooley will showcase FSRC’s sunn hemp research. Dusty Walter, director of natural resources with the CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers, will help attendees improve their timber stands.

“There will be at least one topic of interest for everyone offered at our field day,” Davis said. “We hope to see you at FSRC.”

The Forage Systems Research Center is located at 21262 Genoa Road in Linneus, Mo., and is one of the CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers. To register for the field day, call Racheal Foster-Neal at 660-895-5121 or email her at fosternealr@missouri.edu. For more information about the Forage Systems Research Center, visit fsrc.cafnr.org.