MSU AgBioResearch field days showcase the latest in agricultural research and natural resource mgt
Leading-edge research and demonstration projects ranging from advances in fruit, vegetable and grain production, and weed, insect and disease control to cattle-breeding techniques and high-yield forage testing will be featured throughout the summer at a number of Michigan State University (MSU) AgBioResearch center field days and open houses.
“Field days are excellent opportunities to provide exposure to the novel research taking place at the research centers,” said AgBioResearch director Steve Pueppke. “These facilities supply Michigan growers and commodity groups with the latest information, enabling them to provide Michigan residents with more efficient production strategies, improved foods and plants, and a better quality of life.”
AgBioResearch has on-campus facilities and 14 outlying research centers located across Michigan that support the work of more than 300 scientists in six colleges at Michigan State University: Agriculture and Natural Resources, Communication Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Natural Science, Social Science and Veterinary Medicine.
The AgBioResearch field day schedule for this summer is:
- July 23 – Upper Peninsula Research Center Field Day. This center is the hub of beef cattle research for northern Michigan.
- July 27 – Southwest Michigan Research and Extension Center 22nd Annual MSU Viticulture Day. The center supports research in fruit and vegetable breeding and variety operations, and research on cherry rootstocks and peach production.
- August 11 – Montcalm Research Center Potato and Dry Bean Field Day. Researchers at this center study bean and potato varieties, fertility, and weed, insect and disease control.
- August 25 – Northwest Michigan Horticultural Research Center Demonstration Day. Scientists at this facility study pest management, value-added processing and marketing for wine grapes, apples, plums, sweet and tart cherries, and hops.
- September 20 – Trevor Nichols Research Center Field Day. Research at this center focuses on finding the best ways to keep fruit pest-free in Michigan while preserving the environment and ensuring economic viability for the state’s fruit growers.
Photo: MSU AgBioResearch center field day
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