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MU to break ground on alternative energy facility at Rock Port Aug. 28.

The University of Missouri will break ground on a new facility at the Graves-Chapple Research Farm, near Corning, during the 2007 field day, Tuesday, Aug. 28. Groundbreaking is scheduled for 11 a.m. A free lunch will follow at 11:30 a.m.

The $600,000 building will be used for energy research, demonstration and education. Funding comes from the Lewis and Clark Initiative, which provided $16 million for capital improvements to MU Agricultural Experiment Station farms and centers around the state.

"Northwest Missouri has become an active location in the renewable and alternative energy field," said Jim Crawford, MU Extension natural resource engineer and farm coordinator. "The building will be a demonstration project in its own right."

The facility will be constructed with solar panels and photovoltaic collectors, which convert sunlight into electricity, and will incorporate a variety of insulation materials. Wind power also will be used, along with energy-efficient windows and lighting.

The field day also will include farm tours conducted by MU ag specialists. Morning tours, starting at 9 a.m., will cover corn rootworm management, corn fungicides, nitrogen management by corn leaf color, corn management following corn, waterhemp control, fescue pasture renovation, Agrotain research and water infiltration.

Afternoon tours start at 1 p.m. and will include bin-run corn for replanting flooded areas, corn pollination drift, soybean fungicides and lime movement in no-till fields.

The MU Graves-Chapple Farm is located three miles north of Corning on the east outer road of Interstate 29 at Exit 99. For more information, contact Crawford at 660-744-6231.

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