SWROC Organic Field Day July 7 at Lamberton

The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center’s annual Organic Field Day will be held July 7, 2011, at Lamberton, MN. The all-day event will feature a keynote address by Gary Zimmer, Midwest Bio Ag, on “To Till or Not to Till.”

Field tour stops and additional presentations will focus on aphid-resistant soybeans; soybean variety trials; edible beans; forage management to suppress weeds and build fertility; organic no-till roller/crimper research; soil ecology; high tunnels for season extension in organic vegetables; tomato and pepper taste tests; and an open discussion on UMN organic research and outreach priorities.

Dr. Jeff Coulter, UMN Agronomist, will give a presentation on organic soybean planting date and rate research conducted at the SWROC. Dr. Kathleen Delate, Iowa State professor of organic agriculture, will give a talk on organic no-till vegetable production.

Light refreshments will be served in the exhibit hall at 7:30 a.m. Beginning at 8:30 a.m., there will be field tours to present ongoing organic research, concluding with a visit to the SWROC’s high tunnel season extension facilities.

The field day will include a delicious organic and local food lunch, with plenty of time to network and visit exhibits.

The Organic Field Day is free and open to the public. An $8.00 fee will be charged for lunch. If you plan to attend, or would like to have an exhibit, please register in advance by contacting the SWROC at             507-752-7372 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            507-752-7372      end_of_the_skype_highlighting       or by sending an email to: werne022@umn.edu

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