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FROM READERS: MU's Bradford Farm hosting Organic Agriculture Field Day

By Steven Easterby/Missourian reader
July 23, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CDT
Kerry Clark, Jill Staples and Molly (unknown last name) are planting cowpeas, sorghum and sudan grass as summer cover crops between rows of organic tomatoes. The cover crops maintain higher soil moisture and prevent weed growth, among other things.

Steven Easterby works at Bradford Research and Extension Center, which is run through MU.

Bradford Farm is hosting its first ever Organic Agriculture Field Day. This event, which is free and open to the public, will be held on August 1st from 1- 6 pm.

Wagon tours will lead groups to many of the important research plots at the farm, where visitors will learn about the latest organic vegetable and grain management techniques.

There will also be equipment demonstrations, lessons on interpreting soil tests, an introduction to composting, free soil carbon testing, and many other exhibits. Organic snacks will be provided, as well as door prizes.

Bradford Farms is located at 4968 S Rangeline Rd, Columbia, MO. You may RSVP by emailing clarkk@missouri.edu or calling 573-884-7945. (An RSVP is suggested but not required to attend.)

More information can be found below, and on the event's Facebook page.

Conference Center Activities

Field Tour 1

Field Tour 2

Field Tour 3

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