Crop research will be the focus at University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture field day activities Aug. 23 at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station near Marianna. Among the guest speakers will be Rep. Rick Crawford of Arkansas and Mark Cochran, UA System Vice President for Agriculture.
Activities begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. followed by the tour of the facilities at 9 a.m. Several Division scientists will provide briefings of their work on various topics during the following two hours.
The program includes a session on fertility studies and irrigation management by Leo Espinoza, Extension soil scientist, followed by a presentation on plant bug control by Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist.
Research by Derrick Oosterhuis, distinguished professor of cotton physiology, will be presented by research assistant Tyson Raper covering instrumentation for cotton irrigation management, response to new soil and foliar fertilizer, the effects of a stress-mitigating chemical and plant growth regulators.
Lanny Ashlock, Soybean Promotion Board coordinator, will review high-yield challenge soybeans. Tom Barber, cotton agronomist, will discuss cotton variety management. Jason Kelley, Extension agronomist, will talk about corn planting dates and management practices. Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist, will provide an update on edamame soybeans, bollworms and insecticide treatments.