Crop variety trials and equipment demonstrations will be among the highlights of the 24th Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day, scheduled for July 27 at the University of Tennessee Research and Education Center at Milan.
The field day is among the best known and most attended no-till events in the nation, and is expected to attract no-till production advocates and agribusinesses from across the region.
The field day, which is sponsored by the Tennessee Agricultural Experiment Station, will feature 13 tours covering a variety of topics from switchgrass, cotton and soybean production to pest and weed control and forestry and wildlife management.
Experts from a variety of universities and government agencies will be on hand to discuss the latest information and technologies. Representatives from equipment companies will demonstrate no-tillage equipment. Also, representatives from various seed companies will present several no-till crop varieties of corn, cotton, and soybeans.
Other tours will include soil and nutrient management, enhancements in beef cattle production, and profitable irrigation of row crops.
A brief overview tour will be offered to field day visitors as an introduction to the UT Agricultural Experiment Station system. This mini-tour will highlight various research projects along a route covering the expanse of the Milan Research and Education Center. Tours will be provided upon request from 10 a.m. through 2 p.m.
The Center is also home to the West Tennessee Agricultural Museum, which will be open to field day visitors. Antique farm equipment and tools used by early west Tennessee settlers will be on display.
Pesticide applicators will have the opportunity to sign up for recertification points, and certified crop advisors may earn continuing education units.