Alternative Crops Field Day offers guidance for fruit and nut production
MOUNT VERNON, Mo. – Researchers and horticulture specialists will offer seminars and walking tours of the alternative fruits and nuts during a field day from 1-5:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 23, at the University of Missouri’s Southwest Research Center
The Southwest Research Center is located four miles southwest of Mount Vernon at 14548 State Hwy H. From Interstate 44, take Exit 44 and go south on Highway H for two miles to the center.
The potential economic impact of alternative crops will be part of the discussion, including chestnut, chinkapin, hickory, pecans and black walnuts. Assistant Research Professor Andy Thomas will present information and lead discussions on these crops and how they are gaining momentum in Missouri. Dr. Mike Gold, associate director of the MU Center for Agroforestry, will highlight chestnut production and its economic potential.
Patrick Byers, MU Extension Horticulture Specialist will discuss growing pawpaws and persimmons in Missouri. These tree fruits offer a native choice in alternative fruit crops.
Interest in elderberry production also continues to increase. MU Extension Horticulture Educator Kelly McGowan is conducts research on elderberries at the Southwest Research Center. Her presentation about the crop will include possibilities for improved future production.