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MSU holds July 18 Corn and Soybean Field Day

STONEVILLE – Corn and soybean producers as well as others involved in agriculture will benefit from the July 18 Corn and Soybean Field Day at Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center.

Registration begins at 10 a.m. in the Charles W. Capps Building. Booths and vendors will showcase some of the latest tools in precision agriculture, irrigation efficiency and application technology until 2:30 p.m.

“Precision agriculture has revolutionized farming practices by allowing producers to apply seed, fertilizer and farm chemicals more effectively and more precisely with less labor,” said Tom Eubank, MSU soybean weed scientist and agronomist.

Eubank said as the releases of dicamba- and 2, 4-D-tolerant crops approach, producers and applicators need the latest information about applying chemicals and reducing drift. BASF is sponsoring an On-Target Application Academy at 10 a.m. that will introduce the latest in sprayer and application technology and proper techniques for herbicide applications.

Concerns over Mississippi’s declining alluvial aquifer have brought irrigation efficiency to the forefront in Mississippi row crop production.

“This field day will highlight some of the latest metering technology, scheduling tools, and new irrigation tactics critical to reducing water use while maintaining crop yields,” said Jason Krutz, MSU irrigation specialist.

Wagon tours highlighting corn and soybean research will depart at 2:40 p.m. Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station researchers and MSU Extension Service personnel will highlight various topics in agronomics, insect control, irrigation, plant pathology and weed control, as well as production updates in corn and soybean.

This field day has been funded in part by BASF, Delta Council, the Mississippi Corn Promotion Board and the Mississippi Soybean Promotion Board.

Boots are recommended. Continuing education and in-service credits will be available.

For more information, contact Eubank at (662) 686-3232 or teubank@drec.msstate.edu.

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Released: June 25, 2013
Writer: Dr. Rebekah Ray
Contact:  Dr. Tom Eubank, (662) 686-3232