The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will present the latest in Arkansas soybean research during an online soybean field day Sept. 17. It will be the third of four commodity events held online to provide Arkansas growers safe, two-way interaction with division researchers and Extension specialists during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The online field day is free, but registration is required to connect. Register online at https://bit.ly/ArkSoybeanVirtual.
Arkansas is 11th in the United States in soybean production, according to the 2019 Arkansas Agricultural Profile published by the Division of Agriculture (http://bit.ly/AAES-AgProfile2019). The state’s farmers harvested more than 165 million bushels from 3.24 million acres in 2018, and the crop added nearly $1.5 billion to the state’s agricultural economy.
“Every year, soybean researchers with the Division of Agriculture conduct research at many locations across the state,” said Jeremy Ross, professor and Extension soybean agronomist.
“Because of the pandemic, this year the Division of Agriculture decided to host the online Soybean Field Day to showcase soybean research that is being conducted at several Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station locations,” Ross said. “Investigators will be presenting research findings on topics ranging from potassium management, root-knot nematode and disease controls, late-season insect management, and application factors that impact weed control with some of the new herbicide technologies.”
Certified crop advisors and Arkansas agricultural consultants may receive continuing education units for participating in the online field day, Ross said.
Jean-François Meullenet, senior associate vice president for agriculture-research and director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, will open the field day at 6 p.m. with a welcome address on behalf of the Division of Agriculture. Then Rusty Smith, chairman of the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, will share a message on behalf of the board.
Division scientists will give research and extension presentations via pre-recorded videos:
• Trent Roberts, associate professor and Extension soil fertility specialist, will discuss profitable potassium management in soybeans.
• Travis Faske, professor and extension plant pathologist, will present the importance of resistance to the Southern Root-Knot Nematode in soybeans.
• Terry Spurlock, associate professor and Extension plant pathologist, will describe the response of soybean varieties to fungal pathogens.
• Ben Thrash, assistant professor and Extension entomologist, will discuss late-season insect management.
• Jason Norsworthy, distinguished professor of weed science, will explain the influence of pigweed size on effectiveness of glufosinate and auxin herbicides alone and in combination using approved spray nozzles.
• Tommy Butts, assistant professor and Extension weed scientist, will discuss spray water quality, adjuvants and the Enlist E3 soybean system.
Following the presentations, the research and extension scientists will answer participants’ questions during a live online panel discussion, Ross said. Field day participants will have an opportunity to interact with scientists and learn more about how the research applies to their crops and operations.
“This is a new venue for presenting the research work conducted by our faculty, and we are excited to be able to present plot work from multiple research stations in one field day,” Ross said. “I believe that each presenter participating in the online Soybean Field Day has information that producers, crop consultants, county extension agents, and industry personnel will find very useful.”
The online field day for cotton, the last in the series, will be broadcast Oct. 1. For more information about the online field days and to register for the soybean or cotton events, visit the 2020 virtual field day website: https://aaes.uark.edu/field-days. A recording of each field day will be available on demand from the website after the live broadcast.
The University of Arkansas contributed this article.