MSU research center to host Field Day on July 26

CHATHAM – The Michigan State University Upper Peninsula Research and Extension Center in Chatham, Michigan, is hosting a Field Day on Saturday, July 26, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern time).

This “Open Farm” event welcomes anyone to come and go throughout the afternoon to take a look at the research that is ongoing at the station.

This past year, MSU was awarded $100,000 by Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development to expand the variety trial program, and the result of that work will be showcased.

Two trials that will be featured include malting barley and forages. Dr. Kim Cassida and Dr. Russ Freed, researchers from MSU, will discuss varieties and answer questions from producers.

Other crop trials on display include spring wheat, winter wheat, oats, field peas, BMR forage sorghum and eight species of cover crops.

The event is free and open to the public and free ice cream sundaes, served with DeBacker Family Dairy ice cream will be offered throughout the afternoon.

Questions can be directed to Ashley McFarland at (906) 439-5176 or