Plan now to take advantage of these amazing tours as part of your ASA, CSSA and SSSA Annual Meeting experience. Tours are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Register before Sept. 20 to reserve your space and save money as prices increase after this date. A tour with insufficient registration on Sept. 20 may be cancelled and a refund issued. Please contact the tour leader directly if you have questions about tour details.
Urban Agriculture in Baltimore Tour
Saturday, Nov. 3, 1:00 PM-5:00 PM
This tour will visit a variety of examples of urban agriculture in Baltimore City, including for-profit and non-profit urban farms, soil-based urban farms and aquaponics farms. On the tour you will get to meet and talk with urban farmers, the local Extension Agent for urban farmers, a USDA soil scientist with expertise on anthrosols, and Johns Hopkins researchers working on soil safety.
Fee: $80 ($90 after Sept. 20)
USDA-ARS Sustainable Agricultural Systems Laboratory Tour
Sunday, Nov. 4, 8:00 AM-3:30 PM
Sponsored by C06 Forage and Grazinglands, Cover Crop Management Community, Soil Health Community
This tour is to the USDA-ARS Sustainable Agriculture Systems Laboratory (SASL) in Beltsville, Maryland. The SASL has earned the reputation of being among the most productive research facilities in the U.S. on cropping systems, working on an array of topics including but not limited to cover crops, tillage systems, integrated systems, crop rotations, and weeds along with soil fertility management. This tour will highlight ongoing research on cover crops as well as on organic management systems at the SASL. Stops will focus on long-term grain crop research (organic and conventional); impacts of cover crops on nutrient cycling, soil-water, soil health, and weeds; field equipment innovations relating to cover crops, manure management, high-residue no-till systems, precision sprayers, and more; integrated weed management; and organic rotational no-till vs. tilled systems. This tour will offer ample networking opportunities for all those attending.
Fee: $55 ($65 after Sept. 20)
United States National Arboretum and the National Mall Tour
Sunday, Nov. 4, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM
Sponsored by C05 Turfgrass Science
Join CSSA Division C-5 on a tour of the Grass Roots Exhibit at the National Arboretum in Washington DC; visit other plant collections at the arboretum; enjoy a tour of the newly renovated National Mall, which is referred to as "America's Front Lawn"; and conclude with a behind-the-scenes turf tour of a professional sports venue in the region.
Fee: $85 ($95 after Sept. 20)
Foray to Soldiers Delight Natural Environment Area Tour
Sunday, Nov. 4, 9:00 AM-1:00 PM
Sponsored by C08 Plant Genetic Resources
Walk in a natural area with unusual serpentine barren vegetation including grasses. We may see wild persimmons, wild grapes, and Chinquapin dwarf chestnuts. The area was mined for chromite and evidence of the mining remains.
Fee: $60 ($70 after Sept. 20)
Forage and Grazinglands Tour to Wye Experiment Station and Wye Plantation Tour
Sunday, Nov. 4, 10:30 AM-5:00 PM
This will be a half day tour to the Wye Research and Education Center and Wye Angus. Located in Queenstown, Maryland the Wye Research and Education Center is located on 800 acres of land on the Wye River. Research is conducted in animal science, plant and soil science, environmental science, fisheries, and biofuels. Wye Angus was established in 1938 and was gifted to the University of Maryland in 1979. The herd is a closed breeding herd that provides animals for use research and holds a public auction of Wye Angus cattle each April. Recent research at Wye Angus has been a grass fed vs. grain fed steer project.
Fee: $80 ($90 after Sept. 20)
Farming in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Tour
Wednesday, Nov. 7, 8:00 AM-5:00 PM
Sponsored by C03 Crop Ecology, Management and Quality, ASA Section: Education and Extension, Extension Education Community
The Farming in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed tour highlight the Delmarva peninsula's intensive agricultural productions systems that include corn, wheat, soybean, vegetables, and poultry. In addition, the fishing and aquaculture industry continues to be a major part of the Bay area's economy. A continuing challenge in this region is to sustain our production systems while still managing to protect the environment, especially the Chesapeake Bay watershed. We will visit working farms and research and extension facilities at the Universities of Maryland and Delaware.
Tour Fee: $110 ($130 after Sept. 20)