08-22-16 CSU’s Arkansas Valley Research Center to host Field Day in Rocky Ford on September 8th…

CSU AVRC Ag Feild Day poster Sept 8 2016Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center to host Field Day Thursday, September 8th

ROCKY FORD, CO – Colorado State University’s Arkansas Valley Research Center will host its biennial field day starting at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 8th .

The Research Center was established in 1888 and is the oldest continuously operated agricultural experiment station in Colorado. Situated on over 100 acres, the Research Center was established to serve the research needs of the irrigated farming area of southeast Colorado extending from Pueblo County on the west to the Kansas border on the east. It also includes irrigated areas associated with the tributaries to the Arkansas River in El Paso, Huerfano and Las Animas counties. Some of the crops studied include alfalfa, corn, dry beans, small grains, soybeans, sorghum, onions, melons, tomatoes, canola and peppers.

Throughout the history of the Research Center, many other unique crops have been studied for their adaptability to the Arkansas Valley. As part of the Research Center’s mission to provide economically and environmentally sound information to area growers, field day events will include wagon tours of research plots and presentations by various researchers.

The tour will include the following discussion leaders: Dr. Adam Heuberger, CSU Department of Horticulture, Dr. Whitney Cranshaw, CSU Entomologist, and Kevin Tanabe, CSU Agronomy Research Associate. The field day is free and open to everyone. Following the tour, there will be a picnic supper. Visitors are welcome to visit any area of the Research Center before or after the regular tour.

The Research Center is located one mile east of Rocky Ford on Hwy 50 and south 1/4 mile on County Road 21.

Contact Mike Bartolo at 719-254-6312 for more information.

Submitted to BARN Media by:

Mike Bartolo, Manager, 719-254-6312; e-mail: michael.bartolo@colostate.edu