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New herbicide trial to be showcased at southern Pea Field Day

By Emily Thompson
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • Southern Pea Field day will take place Aug. 14
  • The event will showcase the latest research and breeding lines available, as well as a southern pea herbicide trial

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ALMA, Ark.-- The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Vegetable Research Station will open up its doors to the public Aug. 14 to showcase the latest research in the southern pea breeding program.

Southern Pea Field Day
PASS THE PEAS -- The Division of Agriculture southern pea breeding program will be the focus of an Aug. 14 field day. (Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller) Credit mandatory.

Attendees will hear from two Division scientists, as well as get to see the research first hand with a field tour of the facility.

Ainong Shi, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture vegetable breeder, will discuss the southern pea breeding program and the latest breeding lines that are available to the public. Nilda Burgos, professor from the crop, soil and environmental science department, will discuss a southern pea herbicide trial that is being conducted at the Vegetable Research Station. The trial includes a combination of five different herbicides sprayed on six different Southern Pea varieties: two blackeyes, two pinkeyes, a cream and a red Holstein.

“As always when there has been several years of research on a southern pea line and it is released, it is exciting to display it in hopes that it will be chosen by a canning, freezing, wildlife or a seed company for production,” said Stephen Eaton, Vegetable Research Station director.

The southern pea breeding program began in the early 1950s and has since released many improved pea varieties.  

Registration for Southern Pea Field Day begins at 8:30 a.m. Registration is free, but pre-registration is encouraged by Aug. 6.

Plot tours begin at 10:20 a.m., followed by a complimentary lunch. The Vegetable Research Stations is located at 3810 Thornhill Street in Alma, Arkansas.

To pre-register or for more information, contact the Christina Lawrence at 479-474-0475 or

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact (501) 671-2218 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

By Emily Thompson

Communications Intern
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Ryan McGeeney
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2120

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