The annual Jackson County Extension Service Crop Production Meeting will be held on Friday, Jan. 13 at the ASU-Newport Student/Community Center.  

On the agenda:

  • Recent research findings on increasing soybean yields, Jeremy Ross, Extension soybean agronomist.
  • Rice update including variety selection and Nitrogen Soil Test for Rice (NST*R), Chuck Wilson, Extension rice agronomist.
  • Rice and soybean weed control – new herbicides, resistance management, flag the technology, Bob Scott, Extension weed scientist.
  • Rice and soybean insect numbers – what’s going on and tips for better control, Gus Lorenz,       Extension entomologist
  • Farm loan program applications, Jerry Rocconi, USDA Service Center, Searcy.
  • Corn fertility, Morteza Mozaffari, Soil Testing Lab, Marianna.
  • Corn, grain sorghum, and wheat update, Jason Kelley, Extension wheat and feed grains agronomist.

A catfish lunch will be served.

“There are also several Extension-related educational meetings coming up in January that I’m sure many will be interested in,” said Randy Chlapecka, Jackson County Extension staff chair.

Those include:

  • Jan. 24 Pesticide Applicator Training

Training will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the ASU-Newport Center for the Arts (Room 108).

“Please note that this is not our normal meeting room. This is the building on the right (south) side of the street after you enter campus. You should have received or will be receiving a letter from the Plant Board if you need to be recertified this year, and I will be sending a reminder letter to those on the Plant Board list the week before the training. If you have any questions about your recertification status, let me know.”

  • Jan. 24 2012 Corn and Grain Sorghum Producer Conference

The conference will begin at 9:00 a.m. at the ASU Alumni Center in Jonesboro.

“I regret that there is a conflict on this date with Pesticide Applicator Training,” said Chlapecka.“If you need to attend Pesticide Applicator Training this year but also want to attend this conference, please go ahead and attend the conference. If needed, I will have another Pesticide Applicator Training at a later date.”

The theme for this year’s conference is Superior Management Strategies. Topics will include crop management strategies, aflatoxin control: today and in the future, new market opportunities for sorghum, federal programs for irrigation upgrades, interactive storage analysis tools for growers, marketing strategies for corn and sorghum, and the 2012 farm bill.

More than $5,000 worth of door prizes will be given including seed, pesticides, gift cards, and more. 

For more information, contact Chlapeckaat (870) 523-7450 (office), (870) 503-1763 (cell), or by e-mail at rchlapecka@uaex.edu.