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Field Day July 23 at UW Agriculture Research Center

July 17, 2009

Tours of new cattle and crop research projects, a hands-on agricultural economics workshop and an ultrasound demonstration are among the highlights of this year's field day at the James C. Hageman Sustainable Agriculture Research and Extension Center (SAREC).

SAREC, which is operated by the University of Wyoming's College of Agriculture, is near Lingle in southeastern Wyoming. The event is Thursday, July 23, beginning with a free breakfast from 7:45-8:30 a.m.

"There are a number of new research projects at SAREC, and we will be showcasing those," said Kelly Greenwald, an office associate at SAREC.

Tours begin at 9 a.m. Participants can choose from among three trips: irrigated crops, dryland crops and livestock.

The irrigated crop tour features forage and turf grass studies and disease research, including sugar beets and potatoes. Among the stops during the dryland tour will be the winter wheat trials under way. The livestock trip will present new cattle research, including early weaning, horn fly control and feedlot studies.

Participants return to SAREC headquarters at 11:45 a.m. for a free lunch. A cattle ultrasound demonstration will follow.

Producers involved in production agriculture are invited to register on a first-come, first-served basis at breakfast for the hands-on computerized market games. There will be two sessions, one from 1-3 p.m. and the second from 3:30-5:30. Participants can earn prizes from $70 to $100.

There will also be tours of the new commodity barn, residence hall and wet laboratory, and a representative of the Wyoming AgrAbility Project will be on hand throughout the day to answer questions. The goal of AgrAbility is to help keep producers with disabilities to continue working on their ranches and farms. Services, including training and on-site visits, are available free of charge from AgrAbility.

For more information about the field day, call Greenwald at (307) 837-2000, or e-mail her at SAREC is located at 2753 Wyo. Highway 157, approximately 2.5 miles west of Lingle.


Posted on Friday, July 17, 2009

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