Field Day held in Mississippi County
Mississippi County Extension Service organized a field day Wednesday, Aug. 8, visiting cotton, corn and peanut fields in the area.
Ray Benson, Mississippi County Extension agent, welcomed everyone to the event which started with a cotton field on the Lammers Farms near Dell. Benson expressed his appreciation to the local farmers for working with them throughout the year.
Benson had relatives, Bengt-Eric Ericsson and son, Eric, visiting from Sweden who are also in agriculture business raising cattle. They said they enjoyed attending the field day and learning about the crops in northeast Arkansas.
On the Lammers Farms guests visited the cotton variety/verification fields, discussing the 10 varieties tests in the fields, surge valve irrigation, and irrigation timing with the ET gage. Dr. Glenn Studebaker also spoke briefly on insecticide termination and when it is safe and economical to stop spraying.
The group moved to the Brandon Veach farms in the Lost Cane area to visit corn fields discussing corn hybrid and corn disease. They also discussed the Phaucet irrigation.
The group then visited the Donner Farm near Manila where Allen and Heath Donner are raising peanuts for the first season. Larry Vance with Clint Williams Co. talked about the variety of peanuts and how it makes a good rotation crop.
The group then went to the Wildy farm where a study of the variable rate P&K is being conducted. Dr. Nathan Slaton spoke at the Wildy Farm.
The next stop was the Costner Farms where the topic included irrigation termination and Phaucet irrigation.
Benson and Dave Freeze, Mississippi County UofA Extension Service, expressed their appreciation to everyone for attending, the growers who work in the test areas, and the program participants.
Lunch was held at the Costner Farm shop with over 60 attending. The lunch was sponsored by Farm Credit Mid-south in Osceola.
Program participants included Dr. Tom Barber, Associate Professor, UofA, Cotton Agronomist; Mr. Blake McClelland, CES Cotton Verification Coordinator; Mr. Chris Grimes, CES Soybean/Wheat Verification Coordinator; Dr. Travis Faske, CES Plant Pathologist; Dr. Glenn Studebaker, CES Entomologist; Mr. Kevin Lawson, CES Area Agronomist, corn and grain sorghum; Dr. Nathan Slaton, Professor UofA, Crop, Soil & Environmental Sciences; Dr. Michele Reba, USDA-ARS, Jonesboro; Mr. Larry Vance, Clint Williams, Co.; and Mr. Robbie Harpole, USDA-NRCS.