ONTARIO — The annual Summer Farm festival and Malheur Experiment Station Field Day will be Wednesday. It starts at 8 a.m., leading off with registration, the opening of vendor and natural resource agency booths and a drone demonstration by Dr. Jae Ryu, from the University of Idaho.
The featured speaker during the free lunch at noon is scheduled to be Alexis Taylor, Oregon Department of Agriculture director.
At 9 a.m, there will be a tour and discussion on hemp production research, as well as using cover crops as part of a weed management programs, drip irrigation, nutrient management in potato production and web-based soil moisture monitoring platforms.
At 10:30 a.m. the onion tour will set off, focusing on nutrient and irrigation management, plus pest and weed control and a look at the effects of herbicides.
Starting at 10 a.m. youth can visit the different booths and participate in activities designed to teach young people about different aspects of agriculture which will include soil erosion demonstration, growing plants from seeds, the “incredible edible aquifers,” insects, siphon tubes and irrigation and drones.
The last scheduled session is a hemp production workshop and question and answer session with Clint Shock, former director of the Experiment Station.
Co-sponsors of the event include the OSU Malheur Experiment Station, Ontario Area Chamber of Commerce, the Natural Resource Conservation Service, the Malheur and Owyhee Watershed Councils and the Owyhee Irrigation District.
The Malheur Experiment Station is at 595 Onion Ave., southwest of Ontario.