Carol Sanders | School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences
Lonoke Farm Field Day is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 25, at the Pearlie S. Reed/Robert L. Cole Small Farm Outreach Wetlands and Water Management Center (SFO-WWMC) on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) Farm near Lonoke, Arkansas.
The agriculture field day begins with registration at 7:30 a.m. and welcoming remarks at 8:30 a.m. Tours will follow at 9 a.m. with the last tour at 11 a.m. A noon luncheon will follow. Wes Ward, Arkansas Secretary of Agriculture, will be the luncheon speaker.
Tractor-pulled trailers will transport participants to three main areas – Crop Production Systems, Water Management Activities and Agriculture-Related Activities where learning stations will feature scientists, researchers and faculty reporting on specific projects.
The Crop Production System stops include the UAPB alternative cropping systems designed for small and limited-resource farmers, native tall grass prairie seed production plots in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s (USACE) Memphis District and weed science studies with the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service. Cropping systems include an organic garden, sweet potato production, cover crop studies, southern pea breeding and Liberty Link and Roundup Ready soybean demonstrations.
Water Management Activities feature a Pipe Planner Irrigation Demonstration and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Mississippi River alluvial aquifer groundwater elevations and the data collection platform that measures the water table within the aquifer that supplies groundwater to the SFO-WWMC and most farms in eastern Arkansas.
The Agriculture-Related Activities stops will highlight the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission Fish Tank, the Arkansas Forestry Commission progeny test presentations, honey bees and the economic analysis of sweet potato production.
The Field Day is dedicated to the late Dr. Pearlie S. Reed, former assistant secretary of agriculture who was instrumental in helping UAPB acquire and develop the farm site that bears his name.
The SFO-WWMC was created on the 871-acre UAPB farm to address critical groundwater issues facing Arkansas and the economic plight of the small-scale and limited resource farmer. Currently, 17 research and demonstration projects are underway with a multi-agency group of scientists, engineers, professors and community organizations. Their primary focus is the efficient and effective use of surface water.
The Small Farm Outreach and Wetlands and Water Management Center is located at 235 O’Cain Road, off Hwy 31, about 2.8 miles from the I-40 Lonoke Exit 175. For more information on Field Day or if you have special needs, contact Julius Handcock at (501) 676-1534 or Dr. Leslie Glover at (870) 575-8828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Program offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.