University of Tennessee AgResearch will continue outreach efforts in 2011 with a long list of field days and other special events that mirror the diverse agricultural landscape of Tennessee.

From beef cattle, row crops and forestry to gardening, turf management and organic crop production, UT AgResearch field days cover topics important to the state’s farmers, landowners, and lawn and gardening enthusiasts alike.

Field days are typically devoted to a specific aspect of agricultural production and are held at the 10 AgResearch and Education Centers (RECs) scattered across the state. At these events, UT scientists, along with experts from other universities and the private sector, present workshops on the featured topics. In addition to the educational presentations, field day visitors can also see agricultural studies first hand, tour research facilities and, at most events, enjoy an industry trade show.  

The upcoming year will feature 11 field days and four special events. The schedule is as follows:

• Organic Crops Field Tour, April 28, 7:30 a.m.,East Tenn. REC-Organic Unit, Knoxville.

• Beef & Forage Field Day, June 9, 7:00 a.m., East Tenn. REC-Blount Unit, Knoxville.

• Fruits of the Backyard, June 14, 8:30 a.m., Middle Tenn. REC, Spring Hill.

• Tobacco, Beef & More, June 23, 7:30 a.m., Highland Rim REC, Springfield.

• Summer Celebration, July 14, 10:00 a.m., West Tenn. REC, Jackson.    

• Steak & Potatoes, August 2, 8:00 a.m., Plateau REC, Crossville.

• Cotton Tour, Sept. 7, 8:00 a.m., West Tenn. REC, Jackson

• Turfgrass, Sept. 15, 7:30 a.m., East Tenn. REC-Plant Science Unit, Knoxville. 

• Forest Resources, Sept. 27, 8:00 a.m., FRREC, Oak Ridge.

• Pumpkin Field Day, Sept. 29, 1:00 p.m., West Tenn. REC, Jackson. 

• Northeast Tenn. Beef Expo, Oct. 13, 7:30 a.m., REC at Greeneville. 

The special events include the following:

• Blooms Days, May 7 & 8 (9:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m., respectively) UT Gardens, Knoxville.

• Fall Gardeners’ Festival, Aug. 30, 10:00 a.m., Plateau REC, Crossville.

• Heritage Festival, Oct. 8, 9:00 a.m., REC at Ames Plantation, Grand Junction.  

• Fall Folklore Jamboree, Oct. 15, 9:00 a.m., REC at Milan.  

All field days and special events are open to the public and most are free.

More detailed information about each event will be available closer to the scheduled time.  Check the Events & Activities list at http://agriculture.tennessee.edu to learn more. You may also visit the home page of each individual AgResearch and Education Center (see the UT AgResearch link on the page just listed) or call their main office for details.