Mountain Research Station to host Field Day July 18

Jul 15, 2013
Photo by: Vicki Hyatt Tours of activities at the N.C. Department of Agriculture Mountain Research station will be held Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Among the tests attendees can see will be the organic crop production, which is beneath the opaque covering seen here.

The Mountain Research Station will host its annual Field Day at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at 265 Test Farm Road in Waynesville.

Field Day highlights ongoing agricultural research at the research station. Programs and tours will focus on beef cattle production, equipment demonstrations, farm safety, livestock waste management, composting, silage corn variety selection and production information for vegetables, pumpkins, forages, broccoli and burley tobacco.

Participants can also earn Pesticide and Animal Waste Management System Operator in Charge credits.

Welcome and Introductions

Following the 3 p.m. welcome and introductions, participants can choose two of the following tours to take.

• Tour A: cattle production and silage corn variety selection

• Tour B: Tomatoes, tobacco, broccoli production

•  Tour C: Cucurbit production, pumpkin variety selection, organics, vegetable disease and weed control

• Tour D: Waste operator in charge training (will include tour A) 3:15

Equipment demonstrations will begin at 5:15 p.m. and will be followed by a meal

sponsored by Carolina Farm Credit and prepared courtesy of Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District at 6. Live music will be provided.

Field Day is sponsored by the Mountain Research Station, N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Haywood Soil and Water Conservation District. For more information, call 456-3943.