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Ag field day focuses on most-hated weed
STONEVILLE – Farmers can learn more about controlling Palmer amaranth, universally hated and commonly known as pigweed, at an upcoming field day.
Mississippi State University’s Delta Research and Extension Center will host a Pigweed Field Day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on June 14.
“Mississippi producers combat many weed species throughout the growing season, but no single weed can have as much of a negative impact on row crops as Palmer amaranth,” said Tom Eubank, soybean weed scientist and agronomist with MSU’s Extension Service and with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.
The purpose of this year’s event is to demonstrate various programs for managing Palmer amaranth in corn, cotton and soybean fields, as well as offer a sneak peek at some of the new technologies on the horizon, he said.
Eubank and MSU weed scientist Jason Bond are the event’s featured speakers. They will be joined by other MSU Extension specialists, who will provide control updates.
This year’s event will be held near Greenville. To reach the site, travel Highway 82 west through Greenville. After crossing Reed Boulevard, go about 2.2 miles and turn south onto Tampa Drive. The site is about a mile from Highway 82. Event signs will be posted along the route.
Registration is free and lunch is provided. Participants may register onsite. Boots are recommended. Continuing education credits will be available.
For more information, contact Eubank at (662) 822-1964 or Bond at (662) 820-3282.
Writer: Dr. Rebekah Ray