MSU Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center Field Day

Date: July 25, 2015
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center
Contact: Michelle Coleman at or 906-439-5114

Please join us Saturday, July 25th at the Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center, located in Chatham, Mich., to tour the various research efforts underway at the farm. Featured topics include: grazing and pasture management, the Chatham Red Angus herd, malting barley and forage variety trials, season extension technologies at the North Farm, and a rainfall simulation to illustrate infiltration.

Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the South Farm, located at E3774 University Drive, less than one mile south of the Village of Chatham on Highway M-94. The tour will begin promptly at 9 a.m. with transportation provided throughout the Farm. You will have the opportunity to tour both the North and South Farm sites and interact with the various researchers and staff conducting research at the Center.  

A free lunch is provided, sponsored by the Hiawathaland Farm Bureau, but registration is strongly encouraged so everyone can be accommodated.  

A complete agenda is as follows:

8:30 a.m.  Check-in/registration at South Farm

9:00 a.m.  Load buses for North Farm

9:15 a.m.  North Farm Program               

  • Farm Incubator featuring Bean Pole Farm
  • Lessons learned from year one
  • Structural performance of hoophouses
  • Season extension technologies

11:15 a.m. Load buses for South Farm

11:30 a.m. Lunch—presentation featuring UPREC cattle update

12:30 p.m. Load wagons for South Farm Program

12:45 p.m. Systems Project Presentation

  • Fencing and watering system
  • Methods to measure pasture productivity
  • Methods to measure soil productivity

1:45 p.m. Rainfall Simulator Presentation

2:30 p.m. Research Plot Presentation

  • Malting barley variety trials
  • Forage variety trials

3:30 p.m. Field Day concludes

Event will be held rain or shine, please plan accordingly!




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