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July 15, 2014
KEISER, Ark. – Control of resistant weeds is a moving target and crop producers need
every advantage they can get to stay ahead of the issue, said Tom Barber, extension
weed scientist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Next Wednesday, July 23, weed experts will provide corn, soybean and cotton growers
with the latest tools to use in their ongoing fight.
The “Respect the Rotation Pigposium Field Day” runs 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., including field
tours and lunch at the Northeast Research and Extension Center in Keiser. The event
is sponsored by The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Bayer
CropScience. Participants may register at www.bayerrespecttherotation.com. Tours will
leave for the fields at 9 a.m.
The Pigposium series was begun when herbicide resistant pigweed began to pop up in
cotton and other fields in the Mid-south.
“At the first Pigposium, everyone was in shock of the problem that we were all about
to face or were facing with pigweed,” said Bob Scott, extension weed scientist for
the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “The purpose of this meeting
is to talk about current control options refining those options and discuss things
that are coming in the future you won't want to be left out of the new technology
when it gets here.”
Barber said Arkansas growers have been gaining ground on the problem of glyphosate-resistant
pigweed in the last couple of years.
“New technologies, Zero Tolerance mentality and diverse crop rotations have enabled
producers to use multiple herbicide modes of action and rotate chemistries to improve
pigweed management and prevent further resistance in pigweed populations,” he said.
“Growers need the most up-to-date recommendations to maintain control and diligence
in regard to future management of pigweed populations and herbicide resistance in
general. Growers should attend to gain a better understanding of new technologies
and their fit in the fight against weed resistance and pigweed.”
The agenda includes:
The event includes lunch and a wrap-up by Fred Bourland, director of research station
To learn more about crop production, visit www.uaex.uada.edu, http://arkansascrops.com, or contact your county extension office.
All meetings and activities announced in this news release are open to all eligible
persons regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability,
marital or veteran status, or any other legally protected status. Persons with disabilities
who require alternative means for communication of program information (large print,
audiotapes, etc.) should notify the county Extension office as soon as possible prior
to the activity.
By Dave Edmark U of A System Division of Agriculture
Media Contact: Mary HightowerDir. of Communication ServicesU of A Division of AgricultureCooperative Extension Service(501) firstname.lastname@example.org