MILAN, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Extension Service’s annual Soybean Disease and Variety Field Day will be held at the North Tract of the Milan Experiment Station on Wednesday, Sept. 8.

Persons interested in the tour should meet in the parking lot of the Agricultural Museum at the Milan Experiment Station at 7:30 a.m. Walking tours of soybean varieties and plots with and without fungicide applications will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. The tours will last from one to two hours.

“We will be looking at 440 soybean varieties (three replications of each) in maturity groups 2, 3, 4 and 5 with heavy levels of Frogeye Leaf Spot and Sudden Death Syndrome,” said Melvin Newman, Extension plant pathologist with the University of Tennessee Experiment Station in Jackson.

“There will be 40 varieties with and without a foliar fungicide and research plots to compare 60 different fungicide treatments and timing of applications. There will be stops along the way to hear short presentations on spraying foliar fungicides, insect control and the recent aphid infestations, news on the soybean cyst nematode, weed control problems, and variety selection and fertilization.

Dr. Newman said the field day is for soybean producers, seed and chemical company representatives, Extension agents, consultants, breeders, researchers and anyone interested in better soybeans.

The event is sponsored the University of Tennessee Extension Service, The Milan Experiment Station, and the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board.

Certification points for attendance at this field day include: Four points each for Category 1, Ag Ground; Category 4, seed treaters; Category 10, Demonstration, Research and Regulatory; and Category 12 for dealers.

Newman said soil samples for the cyst nematode will be accepted free of charge.

For more information, contact Newman at 731-425-4718 or 731-267-6083 or Angela Thompson, Extension soybean and grains specialist, at 731-425-4721 or 731-394-0079.

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