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Corn, soybean growers receive farming advice

STONEVILLE – Irrigation and precision agriculture were hot topics for corn and soybean growers and crop consultants who gathered in Stoneville for a July 18 event.

Mississippi State University scientists and Extension specialists shared current research findings and ongoing efforts to determine the best production methods at the annual Corn and Soybean Field Day.

MSU’s Delta Research and Extension Center hosted the event to address numerous agronomic issues.

Tom Eubank is an Extension soybean specialist and researcher with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station who helped organize the activities.

“This field day is an opportunity to let producers know how our research projects are progressing and to offer the most current advice for producing successful crops,” Eubank said. “Farmers face a wide variety of challenges, and our research can help them make informed decisions to produce the best results for the crop, their wallets and the environment.”

Eubank said in addition to a general update on the crops, growers and consultants learned specifics about disease, insect, fertility, weed and irrigation problems and recommendations.

Although experiment station tours were canceled as a thunderstorm and heavy rains moved through the area, discussions were held inside the Charles W. Capps Jr. Entrepreneurial Center.

Jason Krutz, Extension irrigation specialist and MAFES researcher, said irrigation has been a popular topic for Delta growers in recent years.

“Our goal is to make Mississippi farmers more efficient irrigators,” Krutz said. “We want to equip them with tools that help them know when to start and when to stop watering their fields.”

Before the main program began, growers and crop consultants took part in a two-hour class on spray technologies and precision agriculture. The On Target Application Academy was sponsored by BASF.

The Delta Research and Extension Center is located in Washington County and is a component of MSU’s Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine. Also known as the Delta Branch Experiment Station, it is the largest of MSU’s 16 branch experiment stations and research units located throughout the state.

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Released: July 19, 2013
Writer: Linda Breazeale
Contact: Dr. Tom Eubank, (662) 686-3232