STAPLES -- The Central Lakes Ag Center, Staples, will provide a free evening meal at its Field Day on Aug. 15, an event scheduled to run from 2:30 to 8 p.m.
The annual event, "Exploring Air, Land and Water," focuses on issues of interest to all residents of central Minnesota.
Programs will be presented on crop disease, irrigation, shade gardening, lawn and insect issues, orchard management and agro-forestry. In addition to wagon tours, Field Day will include educational displays regarding the environment.
At 5:30 p.m., guests will receive a "taste-of-the-country" meal featuring locally grown ingredients.
Wagon tours will include the following:
* Managing Crop Diseases -- soybeans and edible beans.
* Manure Management -- Tillage, nitrogen, water quality.
* Irrigation Best Management Practices (3:30 and 6:30 p.m. only, information to non-irrigators on the myths and misconceptions of irrigation practices).
* Lawn Care & Phosphorus Issues.
* Gypsy Moth Invasion.
* Orchard Management & Fruit Tree Varieties.
* Windbreaks & Agro Forestry Issues.
* Master Gardener Jean Johnson will present the Shade Gardening workshop at 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. This is the fifth class in the Twilight Workshop series held at the Living Legacy Gardens at Central Lakes Ag Center.
* The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will provide nitrate testing of water samples. Those wishing to have water tested should bring a half-cup water sample. Results will be available immediately.
The event is co-sponsored by the Ag Center partners -- Central Lakes College, University of Minnesota Extension Service, Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the University of Minnesota Central Region Partnership -- as well as the Central Minnesota Irrigators Corp. and Staples-Motley Community Education.
Central Lakes Ag Center is located two miles north of Staples on County Road 30, then west on County Road 2.
For information, call (218) 894-5161 (toll-free 1-877-997-7778).
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