Tri-State Soybean Forum slated for Jan. 3 in Dumas, Arkansas

tri-state soybean forumSoybean 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, Jan. 3, in Dumas, Arkansas.

The meeting will be held at the Dumas Community Center, 18 Belmont St. There is no cost to attend. For information, contact the Ashley County, Arkansas, Extension office at 870-853-2080.

“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.”

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

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.

The University of Arkansas contributed this article.

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