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Tobacco and Forage Field Day set

Tobacco and Forage Field Day set

Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 8:00 pm

GREENEVILLE — The University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville will hold a Tobacco and Forage Field Day Thursday at 3 p.m.
The event, which is free to attend, features UT Institute of Agriculture researchers and Extension specialists and includes three concurrent tours. The tobacco tour will explore different aspects of burley production research, including new variety development and how variety selection and harvest impact leaf quality. Insect control strategies and controlling suckers using reduced rates of MH will also be discussed. Visitors are invited to see first-hand how burley varieties are performing in the field this year.
Concurrent to the tobacco tour, two separate programs on forage will be presented. Speakers on the first forage tour will discuss establishing cool-season pastures and UT forage variety recommendations, which are based on five years of variety trials. Visitors will have the opportunity to walk through the research trials and ask questions.
The second forage tour will focus on establishing and maintaining native warm-season grasses. Visitors will also hear about gain results of grazing beef steers on native warm-season grasses.
Each tour will be presented two times throughout the evening, so visitors will have to choose their program options. A trade show featuring private vendors and educational and informational displays will also be available for visitors to enjoy.
Transportation will be provided to each tour stop. Participants who need to request accommodation for accessibility, call (423) 638-6532 or notify oraganizers at the registration table the day of the event.
A sponsored dinner will be served at 6:45 p.m. courtesy of Dupont Crop Protection, the Burley Stabilization Corporation, Chemtura Corporation Inc. and the Wax Company.
The field day site is located on East Allens Bridge Road, off Highway 70 in Greeneville. Directions to the Center are available online at http://greeneville.tennessee.edu/
For more information, contact the county UT Extension office at 885-3742 or the AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville, (423) 638-6532.
The AgResearch and Education Center at Greeneville is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides teaching, research and outreach through the colleges of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources and Veterinary Medicine; AgResearch; and UT Extension with offices in every Tennessee county.

Published in The Messenger 7.17.12

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