The 32nd annual Delta Ag Expo is Jan. 18-19 at the Bolivar County Exposition Center in Cleveland, Miss. “Agriculture: Mississippi's No. 1 Industry” is the theme for the 2005 Delta Ag Expo, a region-wide event that draws exhibitors and growers from all Mid-South states.

In addition to more than 100 commercial and educational exhibits, the 2005 Expo will feature daily keynote speakers discussing topics of interest and importance to Delta agriculture.

Monty Miles from the University of Illinois will address soybean rust in Mid-South and Southeastern states and what steps agencies, companies and growers are taking to fight the disease. Miles will speak at 11:30 a.m., Jan. 18.

The afternoon session will include a local rust update from Mississippi agencies, plant pathologists and opportunities for questions and answers. Other speakers for the soybean session are Alan Blaine, general production; Gordon Andrews and Angus Catchot, insect control; Dan Poston, foliar fungicides; and Billy Moore, plant pathologist.

The keynote speaker Jan. 19 will be Bill Gillion, an attorney for the National Cotton Council. He will update growers and exhibitors on the World Trade Organization and international cotton trade.

Rice production will be addressed that morning by Tim Walker, rice fertility; Jim Thomas, general and multi-inlet irrigation;Nathan Buehring, overall production; Steve Martin, general economics and a look at the economics of rice hybrids; and Mark Kurtz, addressing Newpath use as well as drift concerns and precautions for rice growers.

Cotton and corn production will be discussed 9 to 11 a.m., Jan. 19. Speakers include Angus Catchot, cotton insect control, planting rates and new Bt varieties; Tom Barber, cotton production; Cliff Snyder, fertility in cotton and corn; Tommy Valco, cotton quality; and Erick Larson, corn production. Barber and Larson will make a joint presentation on cotton/corn rotation.

The Expo opens at 8:30 a.m. both days and admission is free. The Delta Ag Expo is cosponsored by the Delta Ag Expo Corporation and the Mississippi Cooperative Extension Service. For more information or questions on the Expo, contact Kay Garrard at Kayg@ext.msstate.edu or call the Bolivar County Extension Office at 662-843-8361.