Rain did not stop the largest agricultural field day in Alabama this past Saturday. Over 700 people registered and more than 150 volunteers were on hand for the annual "Farm, Home, and Wildlife Field Day" held at the Chilton Research and Extension Center. This annual event began in years past by highlighting horticultural crops such as fruits and vegetables and expanded to include many other agricultural and wildlife topics and activities. Mr. Jim Pitts, Director of the Chilton Research and Extension Center is the catalyst behind the event with help from Center staff and faculty, Alabama Cooperative Extension System faculty, Master Gardeners from Chilton County and surrounding counties, local businesses, and services. The Chilton Research and Extension Center is part of Auburn University's Alabama Agricultural Experiement Station System and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
Keeping people connected to agriculture and providing learning opportunities in an enjoyable and fun atmosphere are the main goals of the field day. I was able to share information on the use of trap crops for farm and home use. One of the tours traveled by our Peach IPM Evaluations and Trap Crop Study sites. A Timely Information Sheet provided take home information on the use of trap crops. Next to the Master Gardeners garden demonstration we also had portable potted trap crops to demonstrate potential use by homeowners.
Corner area of garden with potted trap crops; Pearl Millet, Grain Sorghum, Sunflower, Cowpeas, Brown Top Millet
Other topics included Satsuma, blackberries, kiwi, high tunnel production, muscadine and bunch grape production, selection and use of beef, pork, and dairy products, and many others. If you missed this year be sure that next August you don't.Posted by boozert at August 10, 2011 08:06 AM