Grand Junction Pork Producers Hosting Pork And Trees Field Day Wednesday

Two different Grand Junction production sites will be toured during Wednesday’s Pork and Trees Field Day. Bruce and Jenny Wessling will be showcasing windbreaks they have placed around two hog confinement buildings in this field day designed to help other pork producers see how to utilize trees in windbreaks. One of these was planted by the Wesslings in 2009 and the other planted this year “Our established windbreak has saved us time and gas money in winter since the trees keep the snow away from the ventilation fans,” Bruce says. “Our sites give field day attendees a unique point of view and showcase the difference that decade can make.” The 10-year-old planting was the first site for the Coalition to Support Iowa’s Farmers, who are co-sponsoring the event with Trees Forever. “Trees are more than aesthetics,” says Brad Riphagen, program manager for Trees Forever. “Trees provide many benefits, including energy savings as trees block harsh winter winds and improve air quality.” The field day will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The group will meet at the first site, located at 1950 250th St., Grand Junction. They will tour the second site, at 1321 X Ave., at about 10:45 a.m. A lunch and listen will take place following the second tour.