Barton Agriculture Research Center Hosting Field Day Oct. 3

by News Bureau on Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2012

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CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Sept. 26, 2012 — Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture will present its Agriculture Research Center Field Day on Wednesday, Oct. 3, from 1-4 p.m. at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center in Gordonville, Mo.

David Mauk, Southeast instructor of agriculture and middle and secondary education, will welcome those in attendance. Opening remarks will be presented by Dr. Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture; and Dennis Kinkaid, an agriculture student.

Concurrent informational field and beef research sessions will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Those scheduled to speak and their topics are as follows: • Monica Siler, soil conservationist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), cover crops and riparian strips; • Dr. Michael Aide, chair of Southeast’s Department of Agriculture, nutrient uptake in corn; • Dr. Indi Braden, Southeast associate professor of agriculture, water quality; • Dr. Wes Mueller, Southeast professor of agriculture, sweet sorghum production; • Dr. Sven Svenson, Southeast assistant professor of agriculture, pumpkin production and marketing opportunities, native plants, composting and high tunnels; • Dr. Julie Weathers, Southeast assistant professor of agriculture, beef production; • Roxane Magnus, Southeast instructor, entomology updates

Refreshments will be available, and Aide will offer walking tours at the Center.

“We hope people will come and visit with the faculty, meet our students and experience the applied research we hope will advance southeast Missouri. The Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University is growing to meet its responsibility to all of southeast Missouri,” Aide said. “The faculty has successfully added the agribusiness plant and soil science bachelor’s degree program to Southeast’s regional campuses in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett. This new row-crop oriented program provides many new students an affordable and valuable opportunity to study agriculture.”

The new agriculture education major has been in operation for two years.

Weathers serves as the Department of Agriculture’s animal scientist. Her leadership role includes working with the beef herd and providing outreach to the beef producers of Southeast Missouri. The department is also in the second year of operating its new beef research facility.

Svenson is developing the Charles Nemanick Alternative Agriculture Gardens on the Southeast campus to provide horticulture opportunities to students and to medium-sized growers to establish sustainable and profitable horticulture businesses. Denise Lankford Pingel serves as campus horticulturist.

Mueller specializes in the production of plants for bio-energy and is developing the biomass and biofuels sub-station at the David M. Barton Agriculture Research Center. Braden’s research involves spatial mapping and precision agriculture, forage production and management, and water quality projects with best management practices such as cover crops and riparian management zones. Magnus, who is new to the department, is an agricultural entomologist.

“Please visit with us on Oct. 3 to see how we are meeting our region’s educational needs,” Aide said.

For more information, contact the Department of Agriculture at (573) 651-2106.