Warning about stinkbugs
Dr. Angus Catchot, Extension entomology specialist, reminds farmers to look out for stinkbugs this season as they have been worse than in previous years.
First stop of the tour
Here is one of the fields at the beginning of the tour. The tour had the great fortune of falling on a nice day with a break from the rain on the last week of August.
Fertilizer for row crops
Dr. Haile Tawolde, a USDA agronomist whose research deals with poultry litter as a fertilizer for row crops, said he has seen in recent experiments how poultry litter helped to produce a better yield in cotton and soybeans than lime.
Soybean disease concern
Dr. Tom Allen, Extension pathology specialist, has been receiving questions on a disease in soybeans, target spot. “It will get worse as the crop matures,” he said, “but nobody knows what this is going to mean for our yield yet. We shouldn’t worry about it, but it is something to look out for.”
Riding to the second stop
Here, the tour rode by some variety testing trials.
Roundup Ready Xtend system
On variety testing, Dr. Trent Irby, Extension soybean specialist, and Dr. Bill Burdine, an Extension agronomy specialist, on the right, said they have seen big changes through the years due to the Roundup Ready Xtend system, which has produced good yields.
“The Xtend system worked this year better than we’ve seen it in the past,” said Dr. Jason Bond, weed specialist, “but we’ve had a lot of resistant weeds, like glyphosate-resistant barnyard grass. There are a lot of factors, but we are working toward helping to solve the problem.”
Dyna-Gro variety trial
This is one of several variety trials in progress.
Dr. Brien Henry, research agronomist, has been mainly looking at row spacing and how to get corn populations up without overcrowding the plants. Spacing out the plants has produced plants with thicker stalks and, in a couple of instances, they have seen a yield boost.
Driving back at sundown
The field day concluded with a beautiful sunset as we drove back to the Extension center for dinner.