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Garlic Research Field Days April 15 & 21 look at spring planting

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Garlic preserves well if dried properly after harvest. Although native to China over the centuries it has spread to Europe and the rest of the world both as a crop and a favorite herb in cooking. Two field days will offer interested gardeners a chance to learn about research into garden as a spring planting.

New research is underway to determine the optimal fall planting dates for garlic in Missouri. The study may also help determine if spring-planted garlic can be productive for growers in the Ozarks.

This garlic study is supported both by Missouri State University and University of Missouri Extension at the MSU Darr Agriculture Center in Springfield, along with a replicated site at Braker Berry Farm in Oronogo in Jasper County. Field days are open to the public at both sites to showcase the project and provide detailed information to attendees.

The first field day will be from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at Braker Berry Farm, 941 Southwest 90th Lane near Oronogo. Additional growing systems will be highlighted at this site; this will also be a continuation of the Webb City Farmers Market workshop that begins at 1 p.m.

The second field day will be from 5 p.m to 7 p.m., Friday, April 21 at Darr Agriculture Center, 2401 S. Kansas Expressway, Springfield.

Additional research projects will be featured at the Darr Agriculture Center. These include: “High Tunnel Production of Primocane Bearing Raspberries in Grow Bags” by Marilyn Odneal and Jennifer Morganthaler and “Improving Year-Round Forage Production using Phosphorus Fertilization,” by Dr. Melissa Remley.

The research team for the garlic study includes Dr. Clydette Alsup-Egbers, Associate Professor, Environmental Plant Science at MSU; Dr. Ben Onyango, Associate Professor, Agricultural Economics, MSU; Esther Nelson, Environ. Plant Science grad student at MSU; and Patrick Byers and Kelly McGowan, horticulture specialists with University of Missouri Extension.

These field days are sponsored by Missouri State University and University of Missouri Extension. For more information, contact Kelly McGowan at 417-874-2965, or mcgowank@missouri.edu.

George Freeman is a veteran journalist and photographer. An award-winning writer, editor and columnist in Springfield, Mo., with more than 50 years experience. His preference is for positive and uplifting stories about people, places, traditions and trends that make the Ozarks one of the most livable regions anywhere. A member of the Garden Writers Association of America, he is a past-president of the Society of Professional Journalists of Southwest Missouri, the Kansas and Ohio AP societies; a board member of Friends of the Garden and a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield. In 1976, he traveled to India as a member of a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange Team.

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