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Upstate Agriculture Research on Display During Simpson Beef Cattle Farm Field Day

The future of your food is growing just a few miles away and you’re invited to see it Thursday, Sept. 14 during a field day at Clemson University’s Simpson Beef Cattle Farm.

This year’s field day features tours and updates on agronomic and animal research ranging from high-tech breakthroughs to everyday issues. Please RSVP by Sept. 11 to or (864) 656-3477. The farm is located at 2103 Lebanon Road, Pendleton, South Carolina 29670.

Field day activities get underway with registration at 3:30 p.m., followed by crop and forage-animal tours.

Field day topics will include:

  • Heat-tolerant Soybean Breeding – Sruthi Narayanan, associate professor of crop ecophysiology.
  • Sorghum Selection and Breeding – Rick Boyles, assistant professor of plant breeding and genetics.
  • Grain Sorghum and Wheat Production – Alex Coleman, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service small grains and sorghum specialist.
  • Use of Texel sheep as a Terminal Sire – Susan Duckett, professor and Ernest L. Corley Jr. trustees endowed chair.
  • Dinner – Simpson Headquarters.
  • Precision Nutrition of Beef Calves Post-weaning to Increase Gain and Muscle – Luke Jacobs, graduate student. This presentation will take place at the Simpson Beef Farm Feedlot. Directions to Beef Feedlot from the Beef Cattle Farm: Turn right on Lebanon Road, 1.75 mi to stop sign, right on Refuge Road, 1.1 mi to stop sign, right on Cherry Road, 1.5 mi to feedlot.
  • Clemson Bull Test & Feed Efficiency – Brian Bolt, livestock specialist. This presentation will take place at the Clemson Bull Test Facility. Directions from Feedlot to Bull Test: Turn right on Cherry Road, 0.15 mi to intersection with Jones Drive, left on Jones Drive, 0.5 mi stop sign, left on Danenhower Road, 0.7 mi to intersection, right on Peach Drive, 0.6 mi stop sign, right on Bishop Branch Rd, 0.2 mi to Bull Test on left.

This event is free and open to the public.

The Simpson Beef Cattle Farm is one of 12 facilities – 11 research facilities and one administrative facility – that are part of the Clemson Piedmont Research and Education Center. The Piedmont REC is comprised of approximately 4,700 acres spread across Anderson, Pickens, and Oconee counties.

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