John Avery, Fruit Grower Adviser, coordinates the elderberry project in collaboration with researchers at MU. Experimental field plots are harvested, put in lugs and labeled. Then they are transported to the stemmer where the berries are removed from the stems, collected and weighed for data.
Logan Duncan, an MSU summer intern who is working on a squash/pumpkin breeding project and Dr. Anson Elliott, Director of the Darr School of Agriculture as well as the State Fruit Experiment Station, talk about plant breeding and genetics out in the field. Logan is a student from Truman State University. Missouri State is collaborating with Truman on plant breeding and genetics student education.
Our student interns presented information on their work experiences and summer projects this afternoon. Dr. Hwang organized the presentations and Dr. Elliott praised the work of all of the students. “Students working on research that solves key problems is one of the activities at the top of my list. Faculty and staff are using our knowledge and experience to develop an enlightened generation of scientists, industry professionals, and educators.”
Nathan Bock – “From the Field to the Lab: A Delicate Balance”
Dana Gray – “Testing of GVCV of Three Varieties in the Foundation Vineyard”
Shilpa Mohite – “Summer Internship Presentation of GVCV Testing”
Anna Hwang – “Using Genetic Markers To Identify Black Walnut Parentage”
Mia Mann “Are Norton and Cynthiana Synonyms?–A Genome-Wide Comparative Assessment Using Microsatellite Markers”
Today, Susanne Howard coordinated a tour for the George Washington Carver Camp high school group with faculty and staff from the Springfield campus. Randy Stout took the group on a hay ride, Dr. Martin Kaps presented information on fruit crops and Randy Kreusuer, Kallie Calus and I helped the group harvest raspberries in the high tunnel. Susanne continued on a campus tour with the group. They had a beautiful day for a visit.
Our home winemaking workshop was held today. Dr. Karl Wilker of MSU and Mr. Todd Frye of the Ozark Home Brewery gave the presentation on home winemaking, C. J. Odneal and Dr. Wilker led a tour of the winery and distillery along with a wine tasting, and Nathan Bock, a student intern specializing in grape production and I gave a tour of the vineyard at the end of the program. Forty people attended the workshop.
We had a problem with Spotted Wing Drosophila last year when we caught some in traps and noted damage in our raspberries. Today, I harvested some early berries and put them in a solution of 1 cup sugar in a quart of water. After 1/2 hour, Drosophila larvae floated to the surfact. According the “Biology, Identification and Management of Spotted Wing Drosophila” FSA7079 by Donn T. Johnson and Joseph O’Neill – University of Arkansas – “Legless SWD larvae cannot be distinquished from other Drosophila larvae – with two spiracles on one end and two black mouthparts on the other.”