The first lines of dicamba-resistant soybeans will be among many new products and technologies on display at the AgTechnology Field Day, at Agricenter International, on Thursday, July 19, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

According to Monsanto's Robert Montgomery, small plot research will offer growers a look at numerous treatments of the transgenic soybeans, which are resistant to both glyphosate and dicamba. “Those two modes of action fit together well for a broader spectrum of control at burndown.”

The resistant beans “will also give us a way to integrate another mode of action into the Roundup Ready cropping system. Dicamba has good control on two resistant weeds, Palmer pigweed and horseweed.”

Fifteen leading agricultural companies will demonstrate their latest technology in cotton, corn, soybeans and rice at the field day. Official variety trials will also be on display.

This year, there are four tours with 3-4 stops on each. Stops will feature new varieties, rice herbicides, fungicides, adjuvants and equipment. Tours will run from 7 a.m. until noon, with lunch served from noon to 1 p.m.

The field day will include a speaker session on biofuels. Kenneth “Pete” Moss, president and managing partner of FBA Consulting, Memphis, has consulted on more than 70 biodiesel projects resulting in 290 million gallons of production capacity for the industry. Moss has a comprehensive understanding of the biofuels industry, including feedstock and product value analysis and by-product streams.

Another energy speaker, Elizabeth Hood, associate vice chancellor for research and technology transfer, Arkansas State University, will discuss ethanol from cellulose.

John Bradley, the organizer of the field day and Agricenter's director of research, says the field day is an opportunity for producers “to learn what's coming out of the industry pipeline. I don't want people getting the impression that because it is private industry that the field day is for selling products. The field day's draw is for farmers to come and look at what 15 or so different companies are doing. A lot of the work is done here before it ever gets to the experiment stations.”

Many of the stops will address weed resistance, “which is on just about everybody's mind, whether they want to solve the problems they have or prevent it from happening.”

For more information on the field day, contact John Bradley at jbradley@agricenter.org or 901-757-7754.