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SWREC Horticulture Field Day still set despite rain forecast

By Dave Edmark
U of A System Division of Agriculture 

Fast facts:

    • Field tour sessions will take place at tent if it’s raining
    • Indoor sessions also scheduled to cover other topics

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SWREC Horticulture Field Day still set despite rain forecast

HOPE, Ark. – Never mind Bill, the former tropical storm, Thursday’s Horticulture Field Day will continue with all events as scheduled at the Southwest Research and Extension Center.

“We have a tent outside the door and we’ll just bring all the information into the tent if the weather doesn’t break,” said Vic Ford, director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture center.

The first part of the schedule is already set for indoors from 8:15 to 10:15 a.m. Those events consist of Ford’s welcome address, a presentation on Horticulture Department research and extension activities by department head Wayne McKay, an insight into Arkansas birds by Linda Goodner, a regional education coordinator for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission and tips on gardening to attract birds and butterflies by extension horticulture specialist Janet Carson.

At 10:15 a.m. the agenda calls for attendees to choose between a presentation by family and consumer science agents in the auditorium on cooking with greens or to go outdoors on the field tour. Ford said the field tour sessions will be conducted in the tent if it’s raining. “If the weather breaks, we’ll do the tour but we won’t get off the wagons because of the mud.”

Whether under the tent or at the microplots, the late morning field tour sessions will cover nematodes and the potential for biological control of small hive beetles, using kaolinite clay to keep plants cool under pressure, new small fruit varieties from the Division, the Arkansas southern pea breeding program and growing birdseed.

Lunch will be served at noon at the tent followed by an afternoon presentation on basic beekeeping and colony maintenance.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office (or other appropriate office) as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service 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.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126

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