A field day devoted to nematodes in soybeans has been set for Wednesday, Sept. 9, in Black Oak, Ark.

“We’ll meet at the Black Oak volunteer fire department at 7:30 a.m.,” says Scott Monfort, Arkansas Extension plant pathologist. “During breakfast, we’ll discuss our research trials for nematicide management strategies we’ve looked at and developed over the last year. The studies are looking at resistance in combination with different nematicides that are currently available and some that could be available in the near future — so, registered products and unregistered.”

If any of the unregistered nematicides look particularly worthy, “we’ll try and go after a Section 18.”

The field day’s focus “is to allow growers to see what we’re doing and what potential treatments that might be beneficial for their crops. We’ll also provide them with some rating scales. That way, growers can walk out in their fields, pull up some plants, check the roots and be able to estimate how much damage nematodes are causing.”

After breakfast at the firehouse, “we’ll head to a couple of test fields nearby. The tour should wrap up by 9:30 a.m. We’re having an early meeting because harvest is close — we won’t hold anyone too late.”

To get to Black Oak from Jonesboro, head towards Lake City until you reach 135-South. Take 135 through Black Oak and the firehouse will be on the left.

For more information, contact Monfort at (870) 659-0648.