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Graves-Chapple Research Center Set to
Showcase Agricultural Research August 23


From techniques to tackle resistant weeds to diagnosing and improving soil quality, researchers at Graves-Chapple Research Center will share the latest developments in agriculture at its 23rd annual Field Day August 23, 2011. The Center, located three miles north of Corning, Mo., is one of 16 around the state at which the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources conducts impactful research benefitting Missouri farmers.

Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. and end around 12:15 p.m. After learning how to improve profitability while practicing sound environmental stewardship, attendees can enjoy free lunch and ice cream.

Kevin Bradley, state extension weed scientist, will explain ways to address glyphosate-resistant weeds, a problem he says has gotten significantly worse over the last eight years. "It's time to get serious about solving this problem," Bradley said. "We can't wait until after it emerges and hope to control the spread of persistent weeds such as water hemp."

Wayne Flanary, MU extension agronomy specialist, will discuss how sulfur and zinc can improve yields and why fields may be especially deficient in these important minerals this year because of climatic conditions.

To better understand those conditions and prepare for them, MU climatologist Pat Guinan will share weather data from the past two decades and describe how farmers can use that data to make informed decisions on their farms. He'll also explain how producers can improve a national precipitation database by joining the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network.

Also included in the tours are talks on cover crops, soil conservation and winter pasture options, which new pests to watch for and how to deal with them effectively, phosphorus and nitrogen application strategies and research, and what's happening in land markets this year.

For more information contact Jim Crawford at 660-744-6231 Crawfordj@missouri.edu For detailed directions and information visit: http://aes.missouri.edu/graves/contact.php

The College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is at the center of ensuring sustainability for future generations by infusing innovative research, creative collaboration and the most advanced science-based technology with confidence, creative thinking, conscience, and commitment to excellence.

Media Contact: Mike Burden, Senior Information Specialist, College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources,

University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri 65211. 573 882 5919. burdenm@missouri.edu

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