Soybean growers who faced weather-ravaged crops in the 2019 season will hear guidance for production and marketing decisions, during the 2020 Tri-State Soybean Forum, at Dumas Friday, Jan. 3.

The free session will begin with registration at 8 a.m. at the Dumas Community Center, according to a news release.

“To say the 2018 and 2019 growing seasons have been challenging for Mid-South soybean growers is an understatement,” said Kevin Norton, Ashley County extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We want to help our growers by offering some help for their decision-making.”

Bob Stark, professor of agricultural economics, at the University of Arkansas a Monticello, said this annual meeting was a means for “Mid-South soybean growers to compare notes and learn from specialists in all three states.

“Winter gives us an opportunity to get a wider perspective on the soybean crop, both looking back to the previous season and hearing advice that could help improve 2020,” he said.

This year’s preliminary agenda includes:

8 a.m. – Registration; 8:30 a.m. – Welcome – Kevin Norton and Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board;

8:50 a.m. – United Soybean Board update;

9 a.m. – State of the States – a growing season overview from specialists in Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi;

9:30 a.m. – Seeding rates, Stand Counts and What to Keep or Replant – Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture;

10 a.m. – Bollworms – Past, Present and Future – Gus Lorenz and Ben Thrash, both extension entomologists, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture;

11 a.m. – Rootknot Nematodes and Interaction with Cover Crops – Travis Faske, extension plant pathologist, and Trent Roberts, soil fertility specialist, both of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture;

11:30 a.m. – Marketing Update, Strategies and Issues – Steve Scott, president of Agri Crop Marketers;

Noon – Scholarship presentations.

To learn more about managing soybeans, contact a county extension office, or visit Follow the Cooperative Extension Service on Twitter and Instagram @uaex_edu.

Details: Ashley County extension office, 870-853-2080.