Make the Most of Your Beef, Tobacco Operation

Presentations at Tobacco, Beef & More Field Day Provide Value for Producers

UTIA-3stackedWhether you’re a beef cattle or tobacco producer, you can learn useful strategies to make your operation more productive at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture’s Tobacco, Beef & More Field Day. The event takes place onThursday, June 25, at the Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center in Springfield. Admission is free.

Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. CDT at the field day assembly area off Oakland Road. Field tours begin at 8:45. Arrive early so you can tour the trade show and educational displays. Among the exhibitors will be the UT Soil, Plant and Pest Center, which will be offering field day visitors free plant disease diagnostics, insect identification and soil pH testing. Just bring plant and insect specimens for identification. Those interested in learning the pH of their soil should bring a sandwich bag full of the soil they wish to be tested. Those desiring more comprehensive tests should visit the SPPC website ( for instructions regarding samples and pricing or call a local UT Extension office.

Tobacco Tours will cover tobacco variety development, conservation and strip-till tillage, new tray technology and quality transplants. Visitors can also learn about new products for black shank control, including the latest fungicide registration, Presidio.

Beef Tour presentations will include information on incorporating estrus synchronization in a natural service program, as well as how to utilize CIDR’s to shorten the breeding season. Other presentations will cover an overview of the breeding soundness exam, sustainable alternatives to nitrogen fertilization in tall-fescue pastures and information on UTIA’s new Heifer Development Center and the benefits it will provide to producers.

Additionally, visitors can choose to take an overview tour of the Highland Rim AgResearch Center. Learn about the center’s history, the current research taking place, and its important role in Tennessee agriculture.

The tours will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. when visitors will be treated to a delicious lunch (including a steak sandwich, chips and cold drinks).

More program details can be found at the Highland Rim AgResearch Center’s Facebook page or  For additional information, or to request an accommodation for accessibility, please contact the center’s office at 615-382-3130.

Pesticide re-certification points will be available for Categories 1, 4, 10 and 12.  Attendees can earn two points per category.

The Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture. The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.

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