Heads up! Tuesday field day to feature wide range of topics

Heads up! Tuesday field day to feature wide range of topics

Tuesday field day registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with tours an hour later. New technologies and varieties to be discussed. Lunch provided.

On Tuesday morning, a field day with a wide range of topics will be held at the Pine Tree Research Experiment Station west of Colt, Ark. Registration will be from 7:30 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. with the tours’ first stop beginning at 8:30 a.m.

Lunch will be a catfish catered by Cajun Express.

Among the topics and speakers from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture:

  • Rice and soybean weed control, Jason Norsworthy.

“There is a lot of interest in new rice herbicides,” says Mitch Crow, St. Francis County Extension staff chair. “Many of our rice weeds are now resistant to some standard herbicides. Jason will be talking about how to combat the weeds now and what new products may be coming in the near future.”

  • Soybean breeding and varietal development, Pengyin Chen.

“Conventional soybean varieties are a hot topic, right now. Dr. Chen will speak on his research. He’s got several Group 5s that are being released. We’re hoping he’ll have some Group 4s in the future.  There’s a price premium to grow and sell the non-GMO soybean varieties.”

  • Bacterial Panicle Blight and other rice diseases, Yeshi Wamishe.

“With the hot temperatures we’ve had this summer, there’s a lot of concern currently with bacterial panicle blight in rice,” says Crow.

  • Insecticide seed treatments in rice and soybeans, Gus Lorenz.

“I’m sure Gus will have some interesting things to say. Seed treatments  are becoming increasingly important for growers. For rice, there are actually some benefits for drift and yield protection.”

  • Soybean management, Jeremy Ross.
  • Nutrient management in rice and soybeans, Nathan Slaton.
  • Rice Agronomic practices and varieties, Jarrod Hardke.
  • Green seeker in rice mid-season nitrogen, Trent Roberts.

For more information, contact the St. Francis Extension office at (870) 261-1730.

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