In an effort to support the state’s beef and tobacco producers, the University of Tennessee Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center, along with UT Extension, will host the Tobacco, Beef & More Field Day on Thursday, June 24.

(For a complete list of Tennessee’s 2010 field days click here).

The event will teach visitors how to overcome beef production challenges and allow them to learn about tobacco production developments.

Beef producers attending the field day will want to hear Neal Schrick’s presentation, titled, How to Make a Calf! Here Schrick will discuss the reasons behind the success and failure of beef cattle pregnancies, as well as management strategies for improving reproductive performance during breeding season.

Beef sessions will also focus heavily on forage production. You can’t produce quality beef without quality forage. Researchers will highlight new developments in forages, such as high moisture hay. The presentation will include a demonstration of a bale wrapper. Plus, information will be available concerning UT investigations of nitrate toxicity in forages and how producers can prevent cattle poisoning.

For tobacco producers, many informative sessions are planned, as well. Learn about new insecticide technology and what you should know before purchasing insecticides. See the latest results of conservation-tillage research in tobacco, and hear about both burley and dark-fire variety developments.

Additionally, UT Extension specialists will discuss alternative enterprise considerations for tobacco growers in Tennessee and Kentucky. They will evaluate the pros and cons of new enterprises and share success stories from other farmers and entrepreneurs.

Another topic of interest will be the investigation of natural fertilizers. Fertilizer prices have impacted every producer of both livestock and crops. See results from current research projects and learn about future plans to assess Nashville Metro EQ biosolids and broiler litter as an alternative to inorganic fertilizers.

There is no cost to attend the field day. Registration begins at 6:45 a.m., with field tours beginning at 7:30 a.m. The tours will conclude at approximately 12:30 p.m. and will be followed by a complimentary lunch. The Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center is located 25 miles north of Nashville on Oakland Road in Springfield. For more information, you can call 615-382-3130, or visit, http://highlandrim.tennessee.edu.

The Highland Rim AgResearch and Education Center is one of 10 research facilities operated by the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, UTIA also provides instruction research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.