CLEVELAND, Miss. – Asian soybean rust and Brazil’s challenging of the U.S. cotton program. What do those two topics have in common?

Well, normally very little. But they will be two of the featured topics at this year’s Delta Ag Expo, which will be held at the Bolivar County Exposition Center in Cleveland, Miss., Jan. 18 and 19.

The annual event begins at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 18 and concludes at 3 p.m. on Jan. 19. It will bring in more than 100 indoor and outside exhibitors with the latest in agricultural inputs, computer technology, large-scale farm equipment and information from numerous educational agencies.

From 9 to 11 a.m. on the 18th, the latest in rice production including variety performance, fertility needs, irrigation and weed and insect control will be discussed by area Extension and MAFES researchers.

Monty Miles, a research plant pathologist with USDA’s Agricultural Research Service at the University of Illinois, will diver the keynote speech on “Soybean Rust: Are you ready?” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Tuesday afternoon the production session is on soybean production with presentations by Alan Blaine, MSU Extension soybean specialist, and Dan Poston, MSU Extension soybean specialist. Other specialists scheduled include Jim Thomas, MSU agricultural engineer to discuss irrigation and drainage; and Angus Catchot, MSU Extension entomologist and plant pathologist.

From 9 until 11 a.m., Jan. 19, the production of cotton and corn will be discussed with the following specialists scheduled to attend: Angus Catchot, entomologist and plant pathologist; Tom Barber, Mississippi State University Extension cotton specialist; Cliff Snyder with the Potash and Phosphate Institute; Thomas Valco, USDA/ARS; and Erick Larson, Extension corn and small grains specialist.

Wednesday's keynote speaker is William A. "Bill" Gillon, an attorney who represents the National Cotton Council on world trade issues, will discuss The World Trade Organization and cotton trade issues.

A few limited exhibit spaces are still available. Information should be directed to the Bolivar County Extension Office at 662.843.8361

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