Use Of UAVs, Aerial Imagery In Row Crop Production Part Of July 19 Rohwer Field Day

   Use of drones and drone imagery to tackle row crop production issues is on the agenda for the July 19 Rohwer Research Station Field Day in Desha County.
   “Field Day participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations in aerial imagery via drones and its potential usages in agriculture,” said Larry Earnest, Rohwer Research Station superintendent for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The drone segment will be conducted by Larry Purcell, distinguished professor for the Division of Agriculture and Terry Spurlock, extension plant pathologist. 
   Visitors can choose between two of four available tours that will feature Division of Agriculture research and Extension programs. Tours depart at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 
   The corn and grain sorghum tour will cover UAV imagery pre-tassel nitrogen efficiency, high yield practices and need and profitability fungicides.
   The soybean tours will go over understanding cover crops, soybean irrigation management and soybean breading and genetics.
   The rice tour wild cover rice fertilization, reducing herbicide stress and nitrogen management under suboptimal conditions.
   The cotton tour will cover managing potassium on Delta soils, plant bug reduction using nectorless cotton and taproot decline.
   Registration for Rohwer Field Day begins the day of at 7:30 a.m. Registration is free and includes lunch from Hoots BBQ.
   There will also be a drone demonstration beginning at 8:30 a.m.
   Certified Crop Advisors credit will be available to crop consultants that sign up at registration.
   The Rohwer Research Station is located 15 miles northeast of McGehee on Arkansas Highway 1 in Desha County.
   For more information, contact the Rohwer Research Station at 870-644-3101. ∆

Multi-rotor vehicle in flight.
University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture photo by Mary Hightower

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