AgCenter sweet potato field day set for Aug 22 at Black Gold Farms

Karol Osborne  |  7/2/2019 1:46:25 PM

(07/02/19) CHASE, La. — The annual LSU AgCenter sweet potato field day is set for Aug. 22 at Black Gold Farms headquarters at 2305 La. Highway 17 in Delhi.

“This field day offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with our industry and tour an on-farm site to address the latest in sweet potato production and marketing research,” said AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station coordinator Tara Smith.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by field tours at 9 a.m. The program will conclude at noon with a sponsored lunch.

Presentations will include:

— Advanced sweet potato breeding lines for the industry.

— Validation of sweet potato slip priming, transplant establishment and precision agriculture approaches at scale.

— Guava root knot nematode survey update.

— Insect management strategies.

— Utility of Reflex herbicide in sweet potato production.

— Sweet potato disease research update.

— Sweet potato consumer and market research.

General industry updates and U.S. Sweet Potato Council updates will also be featured.

For details, contact Tara Smith at tsmith@agcenter.lsu.edu or 318-557-9501 or Myrl Sistrunk at msistrunk@agcenter.lsu.edu or 318-267-6712.

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