June 20, 2011

The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture’s All-Commodity Field Day returns to the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT July 21.

While the field day is at the college’s Western Kentucky base, it will include research-based information from researchers and extension specialists throughout the college.

“We will have faculty and staff from all of the college’s departments. Many times growers work with us but do so separately,” said Andy Bailey, UK dark tobacco extension specialist and field day chairman. “This is one of the few chances they have to talk with all of us at one event.”

The field day will feature nine production tours on the following topics: tobacco, beef, forage, grain crops management, pest management in grain crops, fertility management in grain crops, vegetables, ornamentals and orchard, vineyard and small fruits. An overview tour of the UK Research and Education Center also is planned.

In addition, more than 50 exhibits from the college, agricultural associations and organizations will be on display.

The family and consumer sciences area will feature 20 educational exhibits on a variety of subjects ranging from couponing to skin care.

“We really have a broad selection this time,” said Cecelia Hostilo, Trigg County family and consumer sciences extension agent and field day committee member. “From vegetable taste testing to information on green cleaning, field day has something to interest everyone.”

At least 12 hands-on youth activities are planned in addition to a petting zoo and demonstrations with herding dogs, raptors and reptiles. Young people are also welcome to accompany adults on the tours.

Continuing education credits for Certified Crop Advisors will be available. Lunches can be purchased from Kentucky agriculture commodity associations.

The UK Research and Education Center is on Kentucky 91 South, 1.5 miles southeast of the Caldwell County Courthouse in Princeton. For more information, contact a county office of the UK Cooperative Extension Service or visit the center’s website, http://ces.ca.uky.edu/wkrec/.