Growers, consultants and other agriculture industry professionals are invited to see the latest in row crop research findings at the Crops Research Field Day beginning at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.


The free event will be held at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station at Marianna. The keynote speaker at 11:50 a.m. will be U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford.


Agronomists and researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will discuss a wide range of topics, including integrated pest management; frequently encountered diseases in corn, cotton grain sorghum and soybean; irrigation scheduling, fertility and crop rotation studies.


A field tour will bring attendees face-to-face with crop experts across the research station. The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Dan Felton Jr. Building and conclude at 11:25 a.m. Crawford will address attendees shortly before lunch.


Participants may register the morning of the event, beginning at 7:45 a.m. The event is free and lunch will be provided.


The field day agenda includes: 7:45 a.m. – Registration, atrium at the Dan Felton Jr. Building; 8:15 a.m. – Welcome by station Director Claude Kennedy; 8:25 a.m. – Tour departs; 11:40 a.m. – Felton Building; 11:50 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford; Noon – Summary by Nathan Slaton, associate director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station; 12:10 p.m. – Door prizes; and 12:20 p.m. – Lunch.


“Farmers face so many decisions today, regarding variety choices, management options and available technology,” said Claude Kennedy, resident director of the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station. “Our objective for the field day is to demonstrate Division of Agriculture research programs that give growers the best information by which they can make the optimal decisions to ensure the success of their crops.”


Tour topics and demonstrations include:


Cotton Variety Performance Trials — strain and breeding line evaluation, by Fred Bourland, professor and cotton breeder;


Increasing Irrigation Efficiency in Soybean and Corn, by Leo Espinoza, extension soil scientist;


Soil-borne Pathology and Ecology — seed treatment to control SDS and other soil-borne diseases in soybeans, by Alejandro Rojas, assistant professor;


Screening for Resistance to Soybean Foliar Diseases, by John Rupe, university professor;


Plant Bug Control in Cotton, by Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist;


Cover Crop and Herbicide Management for Optimum Pigweed Control in Cotton and Soybeanss, by Tom Barber, professor and extension weed scientist;


Integration of Tactics for Weed Management in Cotton, by Jason Norsworthy, distinguished professor of weed science;


Insect Control Behind Cover Crops of Soybeans and Cotton, by Bent Thrash, assistant professor and extension entomologist;


Wheat and Feed Grains — Crop Rotation Study, by Jason Kelly, extension agronomist-wheat and feed grains;


Details: Lon Mann Cotton Research Station, http://bit.ly/LonMannAAES or 870-295-2839.


To learn about the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, contact a local Cooperative Extension Service agent, visit https://aaes.uark.edu/ or follow the Cooperative Extension Service on Twitter at @uaex_edu.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.