James M. Cannon, Coolman, Denise | 4/19/2005 10:29:03 PM
CHASE – Two herbicides that received crisis registration this year for use in sweet potato fields will be among the topics covered during an Aug. 12 field day at the LSU AgCenter’s Sweet Potato Research Station.
Sandea and Valor are the two herbicides that will be discussed during the field day at the Chase facility. The events get under way with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. and field tours beginning at 8:30 a.m.
In addition to the discussions on Sandea and Valor, other stops on the tour include a research plot that deals with an integrated pest management study with a sweet potato insecticide, as well as plots that feature ongoing sweet potato breeding program seedling evaluations, said Dr. Mike Cannon, director of the Sweet Potato Research Station for the LSU AgCenter.
"Stops also will take place at other weed control plots where new herbicides are being tested for use in sweet potatoes," Cannon said. "Producers will find this and other research being done at the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station very informative."
Among the field tour activities, Dr. Arthur Villordon, an LSU AgCenter horticulturist at the Sweet Potato Research Station, will lead participants through plots where he is conducting sweet potato cultural practice studies. Among Villordon’s studies are fertilizer research to evaluate split application of nitrogen to improve fertilizer efficacy, continuing research on optimum potassium and phosphorus rates, a comparison of the effect of size of transplants on survivability and yield, effects of row height on yields and the effect of subsoiling on yields and quality.
The field tour also will include stops at plots that deal with a crop rotation study to determine the effect of different crops on sweet potato yield and quality and an evaluation of genetic stability of Beauregard mericlones.
After the tour, participants will gather to hear comments from a variety of LSU AgCenter administrators, and a lunch will be served.
For more information, call the LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station at (318) 435-2155.