Kentland Farm Field Day to showcase agricultural research and more | Agriculture

On Tuesday, September 13, Virginia Cooperative Extension and Virginia Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will host Kentland Farm Field Day 2022. This event will highlight ongoing research projects at Kentland Farm and focus on grazing tools, pasture management and horticultural production.

The guest speaker for the event will be Dr. John Fike, Extension Forage Specialist at Virginia Tech. Dr. Fike will provide strategies for reducing fertilizer inputs on the farm. As Virginia’s Forage Specialist, Dr. Fike works with agents and producers to improve the productivity, profitability, and environmental quality of Virginia’s forage and livestock systems, largely through Graze 300 program efforts, tall fescue management and implementation of silvograzing systems.

Guest speakers from VCE, Virginia Tech and industry will also lead workshops and demonstrations on the following topics: animal science, agronomy, horticulture, entomology curriculum updates (wagon tour); reduce fertilizer inputs; pasture management applications; Graze 300: A Producer’s Point of View; small-scale vegetable irrigation; weed control for vegetable production; fence strategies for vegetable production.

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Kentland Farm exists to support the research, teaching, and extension programs of Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, which include many of Virginia’s major agricultural and animal species. Programs are delivered on the farm by many colleges and departments of the university, including engineering, science, veterinary science, liberal arts, and humanities. The farm is rich in local history, and Virginia Tech has maintained that history through the mansion, slave graveyard, Native American sites, and other old farm buildings.

Entry fee is $15, which includes lunch and ice cream. You can register online at https://tinyurl.com/kentland2022. Or register by mail by sending your contact information and payment by Tuesday, September 6 to the Pulaski County Extension Office, Attn: Kentland Field Day, 143 Third St. NW, Suite 3, Pulaski, VA , 24301. Make checks payable to “Treasurer—Virginia Tech.

For any questions, contact Morgan Paulette at 540-980-7761.

– Submitted by Meredith Hoggatt

Lana T. Arthur