BRINKLEY – Chicot County Extension Staff Chair Gus Wilson was recognized with the Arkansas Soybean Association's 2011 Extension Education Award.

BRINKLEY – Chicot County Extension Staff Chair Gus Wilson was recognized with the Arkansas Soybean Association’s 2011 Extension Education Award.

Working with soybeans has been a consistent theme in his 10 years with the Cooperative Extension Service of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, officials said.

Wilson has four years working in Chicot County and previously worked in Jackson and Ashley counties.

One area in which Wilson has worked hard is finding salt-tolerant soybean varieties for growers in his county.

“We have a problem with chlorides and are always trying to find a better variety to plant,” Wilson said. “We conducted three saltwater tests in our county as we find the best variety that will adapt to our irrigation conditions.”

Wilson received a plaque and monetary award with last Thursday’s recognition.

“I was proud to receive it,” he said.

For more information on soybean production, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu or arkansascrops.com.

The Cooperative Extension Service is part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and offers its programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.