Soybean Rust To Be Highlighted During Tri-state Conference

Thomas A. Merrill, Fortune, Elizabeth  |  4/19/2005 10:29:27 PM

News Release Distributed 12/17/04

An update on the Asian soybean rust fungus that has been identified in several southern states will be a highlight of the Tri-State Soybean Forum and Southern Soybean Conference Jan. 7 in Dumas, Ark.

Coordinated by the Cooperative Extension Services of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi, this year’s meeting is hosted by the University of Arkansas. It will be held at the Dumas Community Center and will begin at 8 a.m. Jan. 7.

"We will have speakers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi," said Steve Kelley, Desha County staff chairman for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. "It=s one of the oldest and most respected and informative meetings offered to farmers during the year, and it usually attracts up to 300 farmers."

Soybean researchers and extension specialists from all three states will provide information on topics including inocluant procedures; phosphorus, potassium and boron issues; nematodes; sudden death syndrome and stem canker considerations; soybean rust; and foliar fungicides and disease management. A panel discussion on the success of the early soybean production system also will take place with grower panel participants from the three states.

Danny Kennedy, CEO of Riceland Foods in Stuttgart, Ark., will end the conference by providing a soybean market outlook.

"The conference is an excellent opportunity for producers to learn the latest in research and technology and then go home and apply that information directly to their operation," Kelley said.

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Writers:  Tom Merrill at (225) 578-5896 or tmerrill@agcenter.lsu.edu  
                Elizabeth Fortune at (501) 671-2120 or efortune@uaex.edu

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