Southwest Minnesota State University Agronomy Field Day

Paula Carlsen

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MARSHALL, MN — Southwest Minnesota State University, or SMSU, will be holding Agronomy Field Day this year on July 14, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m at the Jon Knochenmus Center for Innovation and SMSU Agronomy Field Trials Farm.

Participants of the event will enjoy tours, presentations and lunch. The presentations will focus on the SMSU faculty, students, field trials, and related projects.

Several distinguished individuals and a group will do a presentation and celebration at the event, and there will be a retirement recognition for Sam Tutt, a retired professor of Agronomy.

Dr. Adam Alford and his group will present “Diversifying Crop Field Trials to Gain New Hands-on Educational Experiences and Create Innovative Pathways for Applied Research”.

Andrew Lueck of Next Gen Ag, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council Research Project will present “Waterhemp Control in a Conventional Residual Two-spray Herbicide Program”.

Dr. Doug Simon and Dr. George Taylor of SMSU faculty will present “A Farm-to-Fork Initiative: Using SMSU/Ralco Field Trial Produce to Fill the Shelves of Food Banks and Assist Food Insecure Households”.

And Rachel Raths, a Ralco Soil Microbiologist, will present “Soil Health: Understanding Living Soil and the Microbes Beneath our Feet.”

The plot tour will begin after the presentations, and partners may share their research goals for the year after.

Agronomy Field Day is free and open to the public. RSVP to Linda.Baun@smsu.edu by July 12 at the latest to be eligible for lunch. The event site is located at 2927 265th Avenue, Marshall, MN.

The event is sponsored by Ralco, Aspect Ag, AgXplore, Deutz Heritage Farm, McLaughlin Farms, Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.

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