MSU Mountain Grove hosted a meet and greet with Congressman Jason Smith today. He met with community members and fielded questions on all sorts of issues concerning local business, EPA regulations, and current events in Washington DC. He also met MSU grad students who were touring the campus. It was a very interesting and informative meeting.
Missouri State University Graduate Student Senate members tours the Mountain Grove Campus today. They were greeted by Dr. Chin-Feng Hwang and heard presentations from Surya Sapkota and Logan Duncan. They also met the other grad students and then toured the MSU winery distillery, the field and research plantings and were able to meet Congressman Jason Smith at the end of their tour.
A poster entitled “Progress Report: Raspberry Production in Grow Bags” was presented at the North American Raspberry and Blackberry Conference held in Williamsburg, VA on Thursday and Friday, March 4 and 5, 2016. The conference was well attended and very interesting. This project is funded through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the USDA
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The flats of vegetables were planted in the high tunnel today. The flats were seeded on January 29th. Types and cultivars include Salanova Green Incised, Red Incised, Red Sweet Crisp, Green Sweet Crisp, Red Butter, Green Butter, Red Oakleaf, Green Oakleaf, Parsley Fidelio, Spinach Red Kitten, Round Radishes and Kolettes – Mistletoe, Autumn Star and Snowdrop. We tilled in 13-13-13 at the rate of 1 pound nitrogen per 1,000 square feet before planting.
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Jeremy, Randy and Steven built new trellises for the in-ground raspberries using metal that we had on hand. The top width is adjustable so we can see what works best. Raspberries in the high tunnel tend to grow taller than those we observed in field plantings.
The sidewalls on the high tunnel are automatic and lift up from the ground to close. Sometimes there is a gap at the top of the sidewall where cold wind can blow in. Randy had the idea of putting a sheet of some material on the top so it would block the gap. We decided on plastic. Shelia, Randy and Jeremy put the plastic strips up today. We are going to see if this helps.
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The Great Plains Growers’ Conference was held in Saint Joseph, Missouri from Thursday, January 7 – Saturday, January 9, 2016. Jennifer Morganthaler, an MSU graduate student in Agriculture working with Drs. Elliott and McClain, presented some information on the research project she is working on for her Master’s degree program in the Small Fruit Session on Saturday. The project involves the evaluation of raspberry cultivars in grow bags in a high tunnel. Progress to date on the second year of this four-year project was presented. There was a lot of interest from the growers and the group had many questions. Jennifer did a great job!!
This research is funded through the Specialty Crop Block Grant Program and the USDA.
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