The annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will once again showcase the research and outreach activities at UT’s Plateau AgResearch and Education Center.
The free event, which includes a sponsored lunch, begins with registration and a trade show at 8 a.m. CDT onTuesday, Aug. 4, at the center’s main unit. Tours and seminars begin at 8:30 and conclude at 11:30. Lunch will be provided following the program.
Three sets of talks and demonstrations will be presented to represent the interests of three groups of producers and landowners: those interested in improved beef production, those interested in commercial and personal fruit and vegetable production and those interested in land management issues.
The beef production presentations will address diverse topics including in-vitro fertilization, the economics of fall versus spring calving, cow milk quality and animal nutrition. The field day’s fruit and vegetable production discussions will feature presentations about tomato production, fungicides, new pests as well as the use of high tunnels in commercial operations. A discussion of organic versus conventional production will also be presented.
Additional presentations about fish pond management and chainsaw safety should also be of interest to many landowners.
Pesticide recertification points will be awarded to participants in need of continuing education to maintain their certification. Contact the center for more details by calling at 931-484-0034. Also call the center for more information about the event or to request an accommodation for accessibility.
The Plateau AgResearch Center is located off on Highway 70N at 320 Experiment Station Road in Crossville. A map to the facility and complete directions are available online at http://plateau.tennessee.edu/
The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system.
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.