Powell Research and Extension Center Field Day July 8

June 30, 2010

Sugar beets, calf weaning date economics, high tunnels and a solar/wind-powered watering demonstration are only a few of the areas highlighted during the Powell Research and Extension Center field day Thursday, July 8.

Registration, doughnuts and coffee are at 8 a.m. with a welcome and introduction at 9 a.m. Tours of research plots begin at 9:30, says Abdel Mesbah, director of the center at Powell. Lunch will be served following the tours.

"The purpose of this event is to bring farmers, ranchers, gardeners, industry people, extension educators and University of Wyoming researchers together to visit and interact with each other and share ideas and opinions about different cropping practices," says Mesbah. "Farmers and ranchers will have a chance to ask questions and get answers one-on-one. Seeing-is-believing is another purpose of the field day, during which everybody will have the opportunity to visit the ongoing research plots and see first-hand what works and what doesn't."

The afternoon will be reserved for individual sessions, small groups and special tours.

The schedule includes:

9 a.m. -- Welcome and introduction: Mesbah; Frank Galey, dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Bret Hess, associate dean and director of the UW Agricultural Experiment Station; and Steve Herbert, associate professor and head of the Department of Plant Sciences in the college.

9:30 a.m. -- Tours of research plots and research subjects include:
-- Skin cancer prevention while working in the field;
-- High tunnels for vegetable crop production;
-- Tall fescue variety trial;
-- The impact of calf weaning date and management on quality and economics;
-- Solar/wind-powered livestock watering demonstration trailer;
-- Weed management in Roundup Ready sugar beets;
-- Fertility (nitrogen rate and source) in Roundup Ready sugar beets;
-- Strip tillage in Roundup Ready sugar beets;
-- Spatial variability of soil moisture under sprinkler irrigation;
-- New automated weather station to enhance research;
-- Crop production using subsurface drip irrigation system;
-- Oilseed pressing/biodiesel production demonstration;

For more information, call Kathy Parsons or Mesbah at (307) 754-2223.


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