Field day showcases White Sand Unit

From Press Reports


Mississippi State University’s beef cattle research unit in Pearl River County is hosting a summer field day Aug. 13 to display results of ongoing research projects.

The White Sand Unit of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station is hosting the half-day event specifically designed for cattle and forage producers. The event begins at 9 a.m. and concludes with a provided lunch. The MSU Extension Service is also helping make this event possible.

Participants will be given a tour of the summer forage crops being grown on the research station and will have a chance to examine the herbicide and fertilizer test plots. Researchers will give an overview of the current projects at the station.

A highlight of the event will be the annual hay evaluation contest. Participants will evaluate weight and quality of two bales of hay from the Experiment Station’s supply. Winners will receive prizes donated by Circle T Fertilizer and Seed Co. in Poplarville.

The White Sand Unit is MSU’s primary beef cattle research unit with about 150 mature cows. The beef cattle research is based on cow-calf production, which is the most common beef cattle enterprise in south Mississippi.

The White Sand Unit is located about 10 miles west of Poplarville on Highway 26. Contact Daniel Rivera at 601-403-8777 or Larry Fitzgerald or Elsie Davis at 601-795-4525 for more information.