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Sept. 18, 2020

Division of Agriculture to hold online cotton field day Oct. 1

By Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — An Oct. 1 online cotton field day will conclude a series of four online commodity field days by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

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COTTON ONLINE — The first-ever online cotton field day will be held Oct. 1. The event is free, but registration is required. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller)

The Division of Agriculture held its research field days online this year to provide Arkansas growers safe, two-way interaction with division researchers and extension specialists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Our virtual format allows us to evaluate practices in a way we have never been able to do before in our traditional a one-day live event,” said Bill Robertson, extension cotton agronomist.

The first ever online cotton field day begins at 6 p.m. and will last about an hour and a half. “Producers, crop advisors and anyone involved in the decision-making process for cotton is invited to attend,” Robertson said.

Certified Crop Advisors and Arkansas Agricultural Consultants may receive continuing education units for participating in the online field day, Robertson said.

Nathan Slaton, associate vice president for agriculture and assistant director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station, will open the online field day with a welcome to participants. Steve Stevens, chairman of the Arkansas Cotton State Support Committee, will present a message from the committee.

The following Division of Agriculture research and extension scientists will give presentations via pre-recorded videos:

  • Bill Robertson, professor and extension cotton agronomist, will give a season overview and cotton variety update
  • Matt Fryer, extension soil health instructor, will discuss the benefits of improving soil health
  • Tom Barber, professor and extension weed scientist, will talk about choosing the right residual herbicide at planting and early post-emergence
  • Gus Lorenz, Distinguished Professor and extension entomologist; Ben Thrash, assistant professor and extension entomologist; and Nick Bateman, assistant professor and extension entomologist, will present early season insect management and plant bug management

Following the presentations, the research and extension scientists will answer participants’ questions during a live online panel discussion, Robertson said. Field day participants will have an opportunity to interact with scientists and learn more about how the research applies to their crops and operations.

For more information about online field days and to register for the cotton event, visit the 2020 virtual field day website: Recorded presentations from each online field day will be available for download from the website after the live broadcast.

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us 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 offers all its Extension and Research programs and services without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.


Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
(479) 575-5647

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