Plan Now To Attend The MU Pest Management Field Day And Special “Walking Tour” Of Resistant Waterhemp Research On July 16th


   The annual Pest Management Field Day will be held this July 16th at the Bradford Research Center near Columbia, Missouri. This field day will include a variety of pest management topics that are of interest to agricultural industry representatives, agrichemical dealers, Extension specialists, and producers throughout Missouri and surrounding states.
   Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will include guided wagon tours with stops that feature presentation of results and talks by university weed scientists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and agronomists. There will be a $10 registration fee collected at the time of check-in to cover costs associated with lunch and refreshments. The first tours will depart at approximately 8:45 a.m.
   Some of the weed management research topics and trials that will be discussed at this year’s field day include: considerations for future herbicide-resistant crop offerings like dicamba-resistant, HPPD-resistant, and 2,4-D resistant soybeans; effective herbicide programs for killing cover crops; the effect of cover crops on winter and summer annual weed emergence; specific results and recommendations pertaining to the control of glyphosate-resistant horseweed and waterhemp; a summary of results related to drift from growth regulator herbicides on soybean; and as usual periodic stops along the guided tours to preview new herbicides and herbicide programs that will be available in 2015 and beyond.
   Dr. Laura Sweets, state extension plant pathologist, will also provide an extensive update on diseases that have already appeared in 2014 and what to look out for the rest of the season. Dr. Wayne Bailey, extension entomologist, will discuss some of the most significant and emerging insect problems in corn and soybean.
   The field day at the Bradford Research Center will conclude with lunch at noon, and this year Dr. Kevin Bradley and the Mizzou Weed Science team will be hosting an additional “walking tour” of research plots at their resistant waterhemp site located approximately 9 miles south of Moberly, Missouri.  This informal walking tour and discussion will begin at 2:00 p.m. at the Moberly field site, and attendees will receive maps with directions to the site at the Bradford Research Center. This walking tour will showcase a variety of herbicide treatments, cultural practices, and cropping systems that can be effective on Missouri’s most troublesome weed species, resistant waterhemp. Attendees will also be able to view the effectiveness of future traits and technologies, such as Dow’s Enlist and Monsanto’s Xtend soybean systems.
   For certified crop advisors, 2 CEU credits for the field day are pending.  If you plan on attending the field day, you must pre-register before July 9th by calling 573-884-7945 or by sending an e-mail to Please specify whether you plan to attend both events, or just the morning field day only. The Bradford Research and Extension Center is located 7 miles east of Columbia, off of highway WW.  For more complete directions call 573-884-7945 or visit ∆
   DR. KEVIN BRADLEY: Associate Professor, Division of Plant Sciences, University of Missouri
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