The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Hundley-Whaley Research Center will take a look at elements of alternative agriculture, as well as important and timely topics such as dicamba and marestail control, during its annual twilight tour.
The various wagons tours will run from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Research Center in Albany, Mo. The event is free and open to the public and includes a dinner, which will begin at 7 p.m.
This is the second year of the Hundley-Whaley Research Center twilight tour. In the past, Hundley-Whaley has hosted a field day during the morning with a free lunch. The Center switched to an evening format last year.
“We felt like everything went really well last year,” said Superintendent Bruce Burdick. “I think everyone who attended really liked the evening schedule. It was a little bit cooler and a little bit more relaxed.”
This year’s twilight tour will include a wagon ride through a handful of alternative agriculture presentations. Those discussions will feature beekeeping, mushroom growing, maple syrup harvesting and monarchs. All stops on this specific tour will focus on different practices that individuals can take part in at home.
Leo Sharashkin, who earned his Ph.D. in forestry from Mizzou, has been raising bees in the Ozarks in horizontal hives for several years. He will explain how individuals can raise their own bees in a backyard setting. Gregory Ormsby Mori will showcase how to inoculate logs with spawn and grow mushrooms. Ormsby Mori, the MU Center for Agroforestry outreach coordinator, has held this demonstration in numerous places across the state, and will bring the presentation to Albany in August. Dusty Walter, director of resource management for the MU Agricultural Research Centers, will fill guests in on how the monarch and pollinator habitats are continuing to progress at Hundley-Whaley.
“We’re excited to offer these presentations during our twilight tour,” Burdick said. “These presentations are applicable to not only full-time farmers but to individuals who have a little bit of land that they’re looking to utilize.”
Kevin Bradley, associate professor of plant sciences, will bring guests updates on dicamba and the challenges producers face in regards to drift. Peter Scharf, a professor of plant sciences, will discuss nitrogen and cover crops. Wayne Flanary and Andy Luke, both MU Extension agronomy specialist, will discuss marestail control in soybeans and the sensitivity of several crops to herbicides, respectively. There will be several other presentations as well.
“We’re excited to host our twilight tour again this year,” Burdick said. “We have a lot of good presentations prepared and it should be a really informative and fun evening.”
The Hundley-Whaley Research Center is located at 1109 S. Birch St. in Albany, Mo., and is one of the MU CAFNR Agricultural Research Centers. For more information about the twilight tour, call 660-726-3698 or email Burdick at BurdickB@missouri.edu. For more information about the Hundley-Whaley Research Center, visit hundleywhaley.cafnr.org.