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Aug. 12, 2019

Crops research field day to offer insight into latest findings in agricultural research


By Ryan McGeeney
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast Facts:

  • Field day scheduled for Aug. 15 in Marianna
  • No cost to attend
  • Guest speaker U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford

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MARIANNA, Ark. – Growers, consultants and other agriculture industry professionals are invited to see the latest in row crop research findings at the Crops Research Field Day, held at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station in Marianna on Thursday, Aug. 15.

Lon Mann Cotton Research Station.
FIELD DAY -- University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture plant pathologist John Rupe discusses charcoal rot in soybeans during a previous field day at the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station at Marianna. The station will hold a field day Aug. 15. (Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller)

Agronomists and researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will discuss a wide range of topics throughout the half-day event, including integrated pest management; frequently encountered diseases in corn, cotton grain sorghum and soybean; irrigation scheduling, fertility and crop rotation studies.

“Farmers face so many decisions today, regarding variety choices, management options and available technology,” said Claude Kennedy, resident director of the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station. “Our objective for the field day is to demonstrate Division of Agriculture research programs that give growers the best information by which they can make the optimal decisions to ensure the success of their crops.”

A field tour will bring attendees face-to-face with crop experts across the research station. The tour begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Dan Felton Jr. Building, and conclude at 11:25 a.m. Special guest U.S. Representative Rick Crawford will address attendees shortly before lunch.

Participants may register the morning of the event, beginning at 7:45 a.m. There is no cost to attend, and lunch will be provided. The Lon Mann Cotton Research Station is located at 3121 Highway 1 South, Marianna, Arkansas.

The current field day agenda is as follows:

  • 7:45 a.m.  – Registration, atrium at the Dan Felton Jr. Building
  • 8:15 a.m.  – Welcome by station Director Claude Kennedy
  • 8:25 a.m.   –   Tour departs 
  • 11:40 a.m.  –  Felton Building 
  • 11:50 a.m. – U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford
  • Noon – Summary by Nathan Slaton, associate director, Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
  • 12:10 p.m. –  Door prizes
  • 12:20 p.m.­­  – Lunch

Tour topics and demonstrations include:

  • Cotton Variety Performance Trials — strain and breeding line evaluation, by Fred Bourland, professor and cotton breeder
  • Increasing Irrigation Efficiency in Soybean and Corn, by Leo Espinoza, extension soil scientist
  • Soil-borne Pathology and Ecology — seed treatment to control SDS and other soil-borne diseases in soybeans, by Alejandro Rojas, assistant professor
  • Screening for Resistance to Soybean Foliar Diseases, by John Rupe, University Professor
  • Plant Bug Control in Cotton, by Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist
  • Cover Crop and Herbicide Management for Optimum Pigweed Control in Cotton and Soybeans, by Tom Barber, professor and extension weed scientist
  • Integration of Tactics for Weed Management in Cotton, by Jason Norsworthy, Distinguished Professor of Weed Science
  • Insect Control Behind Cover Crops of Soybeans and Cotton, by Ben Thrash, assistant professor and extension entomologist
  • Wheat and Feed Grains — Crop Rotation Study, by Jason Kelly, extension agronomist-wheat and feed grains

For more information, contact the Lon Mann Cotton Research Station at 870-295-2839 or visit the website:

To learn about the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow the Cooperative Extension Service on Twitter at @uaex_edu.

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 870-295-2839 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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

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