WAYNE – The Haskell Agricultural Lab in Concord typically holds a Family Field Day event late in the summer. There would be a tour of the research plots, many ag demonstrations, vendors, and much more. This year, things will look very different because of the Coronavirus pandemic. Haskell Ag Lab will be doing a virtual Family Field Day.
Mary Jarvi is on the Family Field Day Committee and is a Project Assistant with the ag lab. She described what type of content people can expect from Haskell Ag Lab.
“We are actually releasing some of our videos earlier this summer for people to watch. The actual virtual tour will be available on our original date of August 5th,” Jarvi explained.
The virtual tour will look similar to the usual in-person tour. The tour will cover the research plots at the lab. There are some videos out now, Jarvi mentioned that some of the videos will be interactive. Videos out now include a demonstration plot and manure spreader calibration instruction. The videos and the tour can be found at the lab’s Facebook page and their website at https://extension.unl.edu/statewide/hal/.
Jarvi talked about what the Family Field Day aims to do. She asserted why it’s valuable to check out their virtual content.
“We want people to know what goes on at the Haskell Ag Lab, that we have a lot of research,” she said, “and just a lot of educational programs, and information available. You know we have a lot of different topics for our field day.”
So many different topics that the field day is divided into what the lab calls ‘tracks.’ These tracks help people narrow their focus of information. It allows producers to get important information about what they produce.
Mary Jarvi encouraged everyone to participate in the virtual family field day.
“Something for everyone to be able to learn, from little kids on up because Sarah Roberts will be doing some S.T.E.M. (Science Technology Engineering and Math) related-type projects,” Jarvi previewed.
Health and safety of attendees and employees is the number one priority. It became apparent in early June that safety would have been difficult to maintain. Jarvi noted that there’s usually about 400 people in attendance for the Family Field Day.
Haskell Agricultural Laboratory is a research extension of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They cover engagement zone five, which covers Northeast Nebraska. Their goal is to solve problems using research-based results.