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Stoneville, Milan Host Important Field Days

If a Mid-South cotton farmer is looking for the latest technology on how to produce a better crop, he’ll find that information and a lot more at field days at Stoneville, Miss., and Milan, Tenn., this month.

The annual event in Stoneville is hosted by the Delta Research and Extension Center on Thursday, July 17, at the Capps Center, beginning with registration at 8 a.m. Lunch will be served at 12:15.

Barry Barnett, associate professor of agricultural economics at Mississippi State University, will address the conference before breakout sessions begin for cotton/corn and rice/soybean.

Nitrogen Costs Going Up

One of the major themes for the sessions in Stoneville will be how producers can become more efficient in the use of nitrogen no matter what crop they plant. The rising cost of this input has become a major problem for farmers this year.

Presenters and topics for the cotton/corn session include: Darrin Dodds (Cotton Production Update); Peggy Thaxton (Developing Cotton Varieties for the Mississippi Delta); Robin Bond (Resistant Rye Grass in Cotton); Wayne Ebelhar (Plant Growth Regulator and Nitrogen Rates in Cotton); Jeff Gore (Cotton Insect Research at DREC); Lyle Pringle (Irrigation/Tillage in Cotton and Corn); Gabe Sciumbato (Cotton Seedling Diseases and Nematodes); Vijay Nandula (Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in the Mississippi Delta); Wayne Ebelhar (Seeding Rates and Nitrogen Rates for Corn); and Chris Daves (Corn Insect Control).

Milan Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Officials at the Milan No-Till field day, meanwhile, will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of this event, which is now held every two years. The festivities will begin at 7 a.m. on Thursday, July 24, at the University of Tennessee Research and Education Center at Milan.

Besides an emphasis on no-till production, visitors will learn about techniques for increasing production, improving marketing skills and addressing the efficiency of a crop production operation.

More than 100 research projects currently are underway on corn, cotton, soybeans, grain sorghum, wheat and cover crops. The latest study involves the establishment and production of switchgrass for use as a bio-fuel.

For more information on the Stoneville field day, contact Jody Stovall at (662) 686-9311. For more information on the Milan No-Till event, call (731) 686-7362.

Mississippi State University and the University of Tennessee provided information for this article.


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