Agriculture Educational Field Day Oct.7 at Greenhouse, Agriculture Research Center

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo.,

Sept. 28, 2009 – Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture is hosting its seventh “Agriculture Educational Field Day” from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at the Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse and the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center facilities. 

The time spent at the greenhouse and research center will include educational information on precision agricultureᾰGlobal Positioning Systems (GPS) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS); row crops; turf and horticulture; companion animals; new technology in animal science; beef livestock; sustainable garden, orchard and small food plots; garden centers and greenhouse management; an irrigation tile drainage system; the business and production of agriculture, and Department of Agriculture and University information.  The discussion at these sites will be led by students and faculty of the Department of Agriculture. 

The educational portion of the event will last until noon, and a free lunch will be provided afterwards.

Students and instructors who plan on attending should RSVP by Friday, Oct. 2.  The event is limited to the first 200 students and instructors.  High school juniors and seniors and community college students are especially encouraged to attend.  Contact the Department of Agriculture at (573) 651-2106 or igmayhall@semo.edu to RSVP.

Because some of the events will take place outdoors, students and instructors are encouraged to wear comfortable and weather-appropriate attire.

The Charles L. Hutson Horticulture Greenhouse is located at the intersection of Bertling and Old Sprigg streets in Cape Girardeau.  The David M. Burton Agriculture Research Center is located at 6885 State Hwy. 25, one and one-half miles south of Gordonville, Mo., on the east side of Highway 25.