Extension and Research
Making friends with the locals thanks to the canola meal from our biodiesel demonstration!
It was a snowy day (March 25, 2014) for Ag on the Hill, but we survived!
As hoped, our canola (pictured on March 17, 2014) is making a comeback!
Richard Link (research assistant) counting sunflower seeds on January 29, 2014 from our 2013 research plots.
The polar vortex caused some winter kill in our canola (January 24, 2014) but should still make a comeback in the spring.
Canola plant on November 20, 2013 from first planting around October 1, 2013.
Chris Robbins demonstrating biodiesel production to Glencliff High School students using our mobile trailer on Nov. 13, 2013.
Great harvest by the team on November 11, 2013.
Switchgrass harvest in Ashland City, TN research farm on November 11, 2013.
Switchgrass plots at TSU Research farm on November 4, 2013.
Priya Saini (graduate student) during our final switchgrass harvest for the year on November 4, 2013.
Planting canola on October 29, 2013. Also planted canola in other plots about 2 weeks and 4 weeks prior to this planting date.
Priya Saini (graduate student) giving her proposal presentation on October 24, 2013.
Our mobile biodiesel demonstration trailer at the Tennessee State Fair on September 15, 2013.
Sunflower oilseeds harvested from TSU research farm.
Richard Link (research assistant) covering sunflowers with bags to prevent seed loss from birds on August 19, 2013.
Sunflowers at TSU research farm undergoing senescence on July 29, 2013.
NIR instrumentation for switchgrass analysis in Dr. Labbe's lab at UT.
Priya Saini (graduate student) preparing switchgrass samples to be run by NIR in Dr. Labbe's lab at UT.
Janiel Jackson (undergraduate student) setting up the seed press to make canola oil.
Canola meal produced with our oilseed press. It has good protein and can be used as an animal feed.
Biodiesel (top layer) and glycerin (bottom layer) produced in the laboratory.
Talking to stakeholders about biodiesel production at the 9th Annual Small Farm Expo on July 18, 2013 with our new mobile biodiesel demo unit.
Our mobile biodiesel demo unit is open and ready for some demonstrations!
Our mobile biodiesel demo unit is looking great!
Richard Link (pictured above) has been managing and collecting data from our sunflower plots since they have been planted. As you can see, we had a great field of blooms on July 16, 2013.
Switchgrass growth between May 29, 2013 (left) and June 24, 2013 (right).
Switchgrass at Ashland City AREC is coming on strong in its second year of growth. (June 20, 2013)
Talking about my switchgrass research with teachers from Glencliff Academy on June 17, 2013.
We got the seed press (left) installed around June 11, 2013.
Installed our biodiesel processor in our demonstration trailer on June 3, 2013. Getting ready for the Small Farm Expo July 18th!
We applied some Pastora herbicide to our switchgrass fields to get rid of the johnsongrass. You can see how well it worked. The switchgrass on the left is doing fine while the johnsongrass on the right is turning color.
Priya Saini (graduate student) selecting switchgrass subsamples during first harvest on May 29, 2013.
First switchgrass harvest on May 29, 2013. From left to right: Abimbola Allison (graduate student), Richard Link (research assistant), Janiel Jackson (undergraduate student).
Priya Saini (graduate student), Richard Link (research assistant), and Janiel Jackson (undergraduate student) planting sunflowers on May 20, 2013.
Richard Link (research assistant) applying ammonium nitrate to switchgrass research plot on May 9, 2013.
Priya Saini (graduate student) taking soil samples on May 8, 2013
Regrowth of switchgrass on April 10, 2013. This switchgrass was planted last year at Nashville AREC and will be in its second season.
Our Haulmark trailer from DeKalb Depot arrival on 4/8/2013. This trailer is for our Mobile Biodiesel Education Demonstration funded through a USDA-NIFA grant.
Graduate student, Priya Saini, and Research assistant, Richard Link, soil sampling switchgrass plots on April 3, 2013.
Richard Link cleaning soil probe with special soil probe-cleaning tool.
Research assistant, Richard Link, doing a dormant planting of switchgrass on March 20, 2013
With graduate student, Abimbola Allison, assessing switchgrass on May 12, 2011
Abimbola Allison (graduate student) and Tammi Fralick (undergraduate student) harvesting switchgrass on May 23, 2011
No-till planting of switchgrass on May 25, 2011
Jason de Koff