Dicamba, Crawford Top Aug. 8 Field Day At NE Research & Extension Center

 Soybeans showing the cupped leaves which are a symptom of dicamba injury.
 File photo. U of A System Division of Agriculture.

   University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture weed scientists will be tackling one of the most heated issues in Arkansas agriculture – dicamba – at the Aug. 8 field day at the Northeast Research and Extension Center, an event that will be capped by guest speaker U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford.
   “With dicamba driving such interest and passion in Arkansas, the Mid-South and elsewhere in the U.S., this may be one of the most important field days we hold this year,” said Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System. “Our weed scientists are keen to help growers understand the issues underlying the controversy over weed management tools of this chemistry.”
   “We’re glad to have Rep. Crawford with us,” Cochran said, “and we’re eager to hear from him about the latest developments on the Farm Bill, trade and other issues in Washington, as well as talking about his leadership role on the House ag subcommittee.”
   In addition to the weed management aspects, Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, will be covering alternative irrigation management in rice – discussing alternate wetting and drying and row rice.
   The field day opens at 8 a.m. with sign-in, with field tours run 8:30-11 a.m.
    The agenda:
   • Understanding primary and secondary movement of dicamba – Jason Norsworthy, professor, weed scientist with the U of A System Division of Agriculture
   • Understanding differences between dicamba formulations – Tom Barber, professor – extension weed scientist, U of A System Division of Agriculture
   • Weed control programs in future triple stack (dicamba, Liberty, Roundup) soybeans – Bob Scott, professor, extension weed scientist, U of A System Division of Agriculture
   • Alternative irrigation management in rice (alternate wetting and drying, row rice) – Jarrod Hardke, associate professor, extension rice agronomist, U of A     System Division of Agriculture.
   11 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, Arkansas’ first district.
   11:30 a.m. – Lunch provided.
   Pre-event registration is suggested for lunch head count. For more information about the field day, contact the Northeast Research and Extension Center at 870-526-2199. The station is located at 1241 W. County Road 780 in Keiser.  
   Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system. ∆

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