March 26, 2003 | By: Haven Miller

Producers attending the University of Kentucky’s Crop and Soil Sciences Field Day on June 12 will obtain the very latest research-based information to help improve their profits from crops and forages.

“If you grow corn, tobacco, or hay then you will not want to miss this event,” said Morris Bitzer, Extension agronomist in the UK College of Agriculture. “Farmers attending the field day will be able to talk with our UK specialists in crops, soils, plant diseases, insect pests, weed control, turf management and agricultural engineering.”

The field day will feature tours and presentations on topics ranging from bale wrapping to the latest on pasture management.  Equipment demonstrations include bale wrapping, no-till tobacco, precision agriculture equipment and management of water runoff.

“We’re going to offer no-till tobacco demonstrations, and also demonstrations on the latest methods of handling high quality hay,” Bitzer said.  “People interested in exotic plants will be able to see some of those varieties, and there also will be some grazing demonstrations related to some of our UK research projects on Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome.”

The program, which begins at 2:00 p.m. eastern daylight time, targets both rural and urban producers, and includes subjects for gardeners and homeowners.

“People attending will be able to tour a crop garden, a weed garden, learn about lawn grasses, and also about insects,” Bitzer said.  “We’ll also offer an educational quiz and prizes for youngsters attending, so there’s really something for every member of the family.”

The Crop and Soil Sciences Field Day runs from 2:00 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, June 12, 2003.  Equipment demonstrations are from 2:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m., and field tours begin at 4:30.  The location is UK’s Spindletop Farm off Ironworks Pike in Lexington.  The only cost to participants is their evening meal, which can be purchased on-site for a minimal charge.


Morris Bitzer, 859-257-3975