Event will appeal to cattle producers, landowners, commercial fruit and vegetable growers and home gardeners

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​Several cattle management issues are on the agenda for the annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture at the Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville. Fruit and vegetable production as well as land management issues round out the program. The event is planned for Tuesday, Aug. 6, beginning at 8 a.m. 



CROSSVILLE, Tenn. — The annual Steak and Potatoes Field Day, sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture, will once again showcase the research and outreach activities at UT’s Plateau AgResearch and Education Center on Highway 70N.

The free event, which includes a sponsored lunch, begins with registration and a trade show at 8 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the center’s main unit. Tours and seminars begin at 8:30 and lunch will be served at 11:30.

As in previous years, UT researchers and Extension experts will present a set of talks and demonstrations that will appeal to three groups of visitors:  those interested in improved beef production, those interested in fruit and vegetable production and those interested in land management issues.
The beef production presentations will highlight respiratory disease management, maintenance and calibration of sprayers and the outlook for beef cattle production as well as issues related to cattle reproduction.

Although highlighted in the event’s traditional title, the field day’s fruit and vegetable production presentations will not feature potatoes. Instead, strawberry production using high tunnels will be among the featured topics as well as fruit production and irrigation. 

Landowner discussions will feature updates on forest damage caused by invasive species and an examination of future hardwood pricing.
Pesticide recertification points will be awarded to participants in need of continuing education to maintain their certification. Contact the center for more details by calling at 931-484-0034.  Also call the center for more information about the event or to request an accommodation for accessibility.

A map to the facility and complete directions are available online at http://plateau.tennessee.edu/

The Plateau AgResearch and Education Center in Crossville is one of 10 outdoor laboratories located throughout the state as part of the UT AgResearch system. UT AgResearch is a division of the UT Institute of Agriculture. In addition to its agricultural research programs, the UT Institute of Agriculture also provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



J. Walt Hitch, Director, UT Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, 931-484-0034,

Patricia McDaniels, UTIA Marketing and Communications, 615-835-4570,