ROHWER — Use of drones and drone imagery to tackle row crop production issues is on the agenda for the Rohwer Research Station Field Day in Desha County.


Admission is free to the event to be held Thursday, July 19. Tours depart at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. Registration is free and includes lunch from Hoots BBQ. There will also be a drone demonstration beginning at 8:30 a.m.


“Field Day participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations in aerial imagery via drones and its potential usages in agriculture,” said Larry Earnest, Rohwer Research Station superintendent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.


The drone segment will be conducted by Larry Purcell, distinguished professor for the Division of Agriculture, and Terry Spurlock, extension plant pathologist.


Visitors can choose between two of four available tours that will feature Division of Agriculture research and Extension programs.


The corn and grain sorghum tour will cover UAV imagery pre-tassel nitrogen efficiency, high yield practices and need and profitability fungicides.


The soybean tours will go over understanding cover crops, soybean irrigation management and soybean breading and genetics.


The rice tour wild cover rice fertilization, reducing herbicide stress and nitrogen management under suboptimal conditions.


The cotton tour will cover managing potassium on Delta soils, plant bug reduction using nectorless cotton and taproot decline.


Certified Crop Advisors credit will be available to crop consultants who sign up at registration.


The Rohwer Research Station is located 15 miles northeast of McGehee on Arkansas 1 in Desha County.


Details: The Rohwer Research Station, 870-644-3101.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If participants require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, contact the Rohwer Station, 870-644-3101, as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.