Twelve leading agricultural companies will demonstrate their latest technology in cotton, corn, soybeans and rice during the Ag Technology Field Day, July 28, at Agricenter International, in Memphis.Tours run from 7 a.m. to noon, with a catfish and chicken lunch served from noon to 1 p.m. Tour stops feature new varieties, official variety trials, rice herbicides, horseweed, fungicides, adjuvants and equipment.

Tours will be followed by a speaker session at 12:30 p.m. and concluding at 1:30 p.m. Alan Blaine, Extension agronomist and soybean specialist, Mississippi State University, will provide an update on Asian soybean rust. Gary Adams, vice president of economic and policy analysis, National Cotton Council, will discuss the impacts of farm and trade policies on the U.S. cotton industry. Analyst Carroll Brunthaver, Sparks Refco, will provide a crop marketing update.

Here are summaries of 13 tour stops

Stop 1. Monsanto

New Roundup Ready Flex cotton technology. Several weed control systems for this product are demonstrated at this location. Bollgard and Bollgard II cotton insect control technologies are contrasted in side-by-side plots.

Roundup Ready and YieldGard corn hybrids are featured as well as high-performing soybean varieties.

Stop 2. BASF

Plots include residual herbicides and fungicides for soybeans. Prowl H2O and Clarity in cotton. Pentia PGR and foliar fertilizer in cotton. Foliar fungicide treatments for corn. Guardsman Max, Lightning, Celebrity Plus for corn. Regent insecticide with starter fertilizer in corn. Headline SBR timing in soybeans for late diseases. Soybean varietal response to Headline SBR treatments.

Stop 3. Stoneville Pedigreed Seeds

New Roundup Ready Flex technology expected to be available for planting in 2006. New early-, medium- and full-maturity varieties containing Roundup Ready Flex alone or stacked with Bollgard II will be available for observations. Additionally, Roundup Ready lines stacked with Bollgard and/or Bollgard II will be available for observations.

Stop 4. Bayer Cropscience

Cotton products include FiberMax cotton varieties for the Mid-South, new products for early season insect and nematode control, Ignite herbicide and the LibertyLink cotton system, Reign SC, a new PGR for cotton and a harvest aid preview. A corn plot will demonstrate weed control in Liberty Link corn. Soybean plot will demonstrate fungicides for disease control.

Stop 5. Syngenta Crop Protection

Lexar, new pre-emerge and postemerge broad spectrum weed control in corn. Soybean plots include Cruiser Maxx seed treatment fungicide and insecticide seed protection with vigor effect, Touchdown Total, broad-spectrum postemergence weed control and Karate and Quilt, foliar insect and disease protection. Cotton plots include treatments for nematicide, insecticide and fungicide.

Stop 6. John Deere

Demonstrations on 15-inch cotton production systems, Opti-Gro imagery for cotton management and application techniques for soybean rust control.

Stop 7. DuPont Crop Protection

DuPont will showcase weed, insect and disease products for cotton, corn and soybeans. These will include the full line of cotton products from early season weed control to harvest aids. Pioneer soybeans will include DuPont weed control systems and fungicides for disease control. Pioneer Roundup Ready corn will be showcased with a new residual corn herbicide from DuPont.

Stop 8. Dow AgroSciences

New PhytoGen varieties feature WideStrike, a new, stacked insect-protection trait that protects cotton plants from a broad spectrum of destructive cotton worm pests throughout the season. Other new elite PhytoGen varieties include the Roundup Ready and Roundup Ready Flex technologies, both alone and stacked with WideStrike.

Stop 9. United Agri Products

UAP Distribution will be showcasing its Dyna-Gro corn and soybeans. Features a sneak preview of its Dyna-Gro Roundup Ready Flex/Bollgard II cotton varieties being launched for sale in 2006. Loveland Products Inc. will demonstrate innovative solutions to plant nutrition and crop protection solutions.

Stop 10. Valent USA

Horseweed and winter weed management with Valor; Domark 230 ME fungicide for Asian rust; Valor herbicide for cotton layby and soybean weed control; new findings and experiences with Regiment herbicide in rice.

Stop 11. Official Variety Trials — UT

The Official Variety Trial (OVT) evaluates commercial cultivars that are currently for sale in Tennessee, while the Roundup Ready Flex OVT evaluates new germplasm containing the Roundup Ready Flex gene.

Stop 12. Delta and Pine Land Co.

Roundup Ready, stacked gene, Bollgard II/Roundup, Flex Roundup, and Bollgard II/Flex Roundup varieties being tested in 2005 by DPL for potential sale in 2006. Also, Group 3, 4, and 5 Roundup Ready varieties being tested for 2005 by Delta and Pine Land Company for potential sale in 2006. Roundup and STS/Roundup technology soybeans.

Stop 13. Helena Chemical Company

Adjuvant demonstration at tent outside lab. Field stop will highlight enhanced production practices for optimum quality and yield in corn, cotton, and soybeans.