AN UPDATE on the Asian soybean rust fungus that has been identified in numerous southern states, including Arkansas, will be highlighted during the Tri-State Soybean Forum and Southern Soybean Conference. The conference will be at the Dumas Community Center in Dumas, Ark., Jan. 7, beginning at 8 a.m.

“We will have speakers from Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi,” said Steve Kelley, Desha County staff chairman for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. “It's one of the oldest and most respected and informative meetings offered to farmers during the year, and it usually attracts up to 300 farmers.”

Soybean researchers and Extension specialists from all three states will provide information on topics that include inoculant procedures, phosphorus, potassium and boron issues; nematode, sudden death syndrome and stem canker considerations; soybean rust update, and foliar fungicides and disease management. A panel discussion on the success of the early soybean production system will also take place with grower panel participants from the three states.

Danny Kennedy, CEO, Riceland Foods, Stuttgart, Ark., will end the conference by providing a soybean market outlook.

“The conference is an excellent opportunity for producers to learn the latest in research and technology and then go home and apply that information directly to their operations,” Kelley said.