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Edisto Fall Field Day scheduled Sept. 1

The Edisto Research and Education Center Fall Field Day is scheduled for Sept. 1 in Blackville, S.C.

There will be two tours in the morning and two tours in the afternoon, with registration beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the first tour set to depart at 10:00 a.m.

Morning Tour A begins at 10:00 a.m. This peanut tour will feature discussions on leaf spot control, soil diseases, and reduced inputs. Jay Chapin, Chris Main and James Thomas will also discuss CBR testing, variety performance, weed control, tomato spotted wilt/thrips control, inoculants, nutrient supplements and seed treatments.

Morning Tour B is the cattle/forage tour and it also begins at 10:00 a.m. Featured topics are an industry update, forage production for Southeastern pasture systems, 2005 IRM beef production systems, steer feedlot data and observation of F1 females.

During the noon lunch break there will be greetings from Clemson University officials and a soybean rust update given by John Mueller.

The afternoon row crop tour will begin at 1:15 pm, and conclude around 3:30 p.m. This tour will focus on research efforts in cotton and soybeans. Among the topics will be a soybean breeding research update, variety trials for cotton and soybeans, piercing/sucking bugs in transgenic cottons, the efficacy of fungicides in treating hardlock cotton, new technology to detect stink bug feeding and variable rate irrigation.

Afternoon Tour B will be the vegetable tour. This tour also is set to begin at 1:15 and will conclude around 3:30 p.m. Topics include collard insecticide trials, squash insecticide trials, VIF/fumigation trials, seedless watermelon and mini-melon updates, pumpkin varieties, nematode control options for double-cropped vegetables and a Jacto fungicide spray demonstration.

Questions concerning the field day can be directed to Station Director Steven E. Meadows at 1-803-284-3343, Ext. 270.

The Edisto Research and Education Center is located on Highway 78 about three miles from Blackville, S.C.

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