Soils Lab summer field day looks from soil to oil
MORRIS, Minn. -- The 2013 Summer Field Day for the North Central Soil Conservation Research Laboratory in Morris will be held on Thursday, Aug. 15.
This year's theme is "Soil to Oil: What's the Buzz?" and highlights the varied research projects being conducted at the Swan Lake Research Farm.
The day begins at the Soils Lab in Morris with coffee at 9:30 a.m. The tour begins promptly at 10 a.m.
The tour will include three stops at the Swan Lake Research Farm.
Stop one focuses on cover crops with Carmen Fernholz and Chad Rollofson. Cover crops studied include daikon radish and annual rye grass. Fernholz operates an organic cash grain and forage farm near Madison, Minn. and works part-time with as the organic research coordinator with the South West Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, Minn. Rollofson is a technician at the USDA-ARS Soils Lab in Morris, Minn.
Stop two is the Lab's pollination project. Dr. Carrie Eberle and Dr. Kristine Nemec will discuss a variety of oilseed crops and best management practices that promote pollinators and crop pest predators. Eberle is working on her post-doctorate at the Soils Lab. Nemec is a postdoctoral research entomologist with the USDA-ARS lab in Brookings, S.D.
Stop three will feature oil seeds for jet fuel and bioproducts with Dr. Russ Gesch and Dr. Dave Archer, speakers. A total of 18 oilseed varieties are being investigated at the Morris site with emphasis on the economics of these crops from field-to-fuel as well as farmers' perceptions about potentially adopting these oilseeds into their crop rotation. Gess is a research plant physiologist at the Soils Lab in Morris; Archer is an agricultural economist at the USDA-ARS Lab in Mandan, N.D.
Following the tour, lunch will be provided by the Barnes-Aastad Soil and Water Conservation Research Association. After lunch, there will be a bee demonstration and tours of the lab.
The ARS Soils Lab is located at 801 Iowa Avenue in Morris. For more information, contact Nancy Barbour at 320-589-3411, ext. 163