The Bradford Research and Extension Center near Columbia will host the annual Pest Management Field Day on Thursday, July 7.
University of Missouri Extension coordinators have expanded the focus of this field day to include a variety of pest management topics that are of interest to agricultural industry representatives, agrichemical dealers, Extension specialists, and producers throughout Missouri and surrounding states.
Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and will include guided wagon tours with stops that feature presentations by university weed scientists, entomologists, plant pathologists, and agronomists. There will be a $10 registration fee collected at the time of check-in to cover lunch and a tour booklet that describes the layout and location of each experiment.
Some of the weed management research topics and trials that will be discussed at this year's field day include: herbicide plus fungicide plus fertilizer combinations in corn; weeds and herbicide programs common in Missouri corn and soybean fields; utility of pre-emergence herbicides in soybeans; considerations of future herbicide-resistant crop offerings like dicamba-resistant and 2,4-D resistant soybeans; specific results and recommendations for the control of glyphosate-resistant waterhemp and giant ragweed; movement of herbicide resistance through johnsongrass pollen; and a preview of new herbicides and herbicide programs that will be available in 2012 and beyond.
Laura Sweets, MU Extension plant pathologist, Columbia, will provide an update on nematode seed treatment products as well as an update on the status of rust diseases in field crops. Jason Weirich, new MU Extension weed scientist located at the Delta Center, will also discuss the economic advantages of implementing resistant weed management programs.
After lunch, attendees will have the opportunity to view plots that showcase a wide variety of herbicide treatments and weed management systems for use in corn, soybean, or grain sorghum. This year, MU has more than 45 trials and 600 separate weed management treatments on display at Bradford Research and Extension Center.
If you plan on attending the field day, you must pre-register before July 5 by calling 573-884-7945 or by sending an e-mail to [email protected]. The Bradford Research and Extension Center is located 7 miles east of Columbia, off of highway WW. For more complete directions call 573-884-7945 or visit http://aes.missouri.edu/bradford/index.stm.
Source: MU Extension