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Milestones will mark annual field day

Thursday, August 18, 2011

PORTAGEVILLE -- The upcoming annual Field Day by the Missouri Delta Research Center will be marked with two milestones this year.

Set for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 2, the Field Day will mark its 50th at the Center and the the retirement of its long-serving director Jake Fisher.

"This year the Field Day itself is dedicated to his service," said MU crop production specialist Gene Stevens of Fisher.

During his tenure, Fisher helped the Delta Center mature from one greenhouse to a research complex helping Missouri's billion-dollar soybean, wheat, cotton and rice industry be more productive. The center's commitment to community service has made it and its Field Day a must-stop for governors, senators, industry leaders, farmers and children.

"There's a lot of things over the years that have been important," Stevens said.

Five tours will showcase the latest research in cotton, soybeans, weed control, irrigation, soils and rice. The tours, which last about an hour, are color-coded and will rotate constantly, Stevens said.

From improving yields with foliar applications to scouting for stink bugs, Field Day presentations will cover almost any issue a producer could encounter in Southeast Missouri.

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