LAMBERTON - The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center's annual Organic Field Day will be held Wednesday, July 11, 2012, at Lamberton from 7:30 am to 4 p.m.
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, including a visit to the SWROC's high tunnel season extension facilities.
Field tour stops will focus on edible beans; forage management to suppress weeds and build fertility; alfalfa mulch; popcorn variety trials; and high tunnels for season extension to produce organic vegetables.
Educational programs will feature a brief presentation by Minnesota Commissioner of Agriculture Dave Frederickson; Organic Popcorn Production by Gene Mealhow, Tiny But Mighty Popcorn; DriftWatch - Minnesota's New Sensitive Crops Registry by Meg Moynihan, MDA; Crop Rotation Impacts on Soils by Dr. Jeff Strock, SWROC; Adding Edible Beans to Your Rotation by Dr. Tom Michaels, UMN; and Camelina Oil Production and Processing by Kathleen Batalden Smith, Omega Maiden Oils.
The day will conclude with a Graduate Student Showcase featuring short presentations by UMN grad students on their organic research projects on topics ranging from sunflowers, soil bacteria and tomatoes to dairy steers, soybean aphids and alfalfa.
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 would like to have an exhibit, please register in advance by contacting the SWROC at 507-752-7372 or by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org