The Arkansas Soybean Research Summit will be held Dec. 17 at the Northeast Arkansas District Fairgrounds north of Jonesboro. Registration is free and opens at 8 a.m. with talks beginning around 8:30 a.m.

“We’ll definitely have a focus on this year’s high yields,” says Jeremy Ross, University of Arkansas Extension soybean specialist. “After this bumper crop, I think everyone will be interested in how to maximize yields. That’ll certainly be an emphasis.”

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Currently, the USDA has the state average at 48 bushels per acre. That is 3 bushels higher than the record 45 bushels set in 2012.

What is Ross hearing about preparations for 2013?

“A lot of the seed companies have already begun requesting purchases of seed. There have been a lot of questions about variety updates and the like. Everyone is making decisions earlier and earlier, it seems, so the meeting should help everyone focus on getting the right variety in the right field.

“There’s certainly a lot of interest on what the three farmers that broke the 100-bushel barrier did to get those yields. It wasn’t just them that did well, though — in the yield challenge there were several farmers in the full-season that nearly did it. One farmer hit 99.8 bushels.”

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At the meeting, Ross will be speaking on best management practices for northeast Arkansas soybean production.

“Hopefully, the weather will hold out and we’ll get a good turnout.”

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Also on the agenda:

  • Weed specialist Bob Scott will speak on new technologies for controlling herbicide-resistant weeds in soybeans.
  • Travis Faske, Extension plant pathologist, will speak on soybean diseases and how to manage resistant frogeye.
  • Larry Purcell will speak on a Mid-South project looking at planting dates by location and different maturity groups. What maturity groups work best in different latitudes?
  • Ryan Van Roekel, University of Arkansas graduate student, on ongoing high-yield research.

The conference will wrap up with a panel discussion — led by Lanny Ashlock, with the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board — of the three-member 100-bushels soybean club.

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Following that, there will be a catfish lunch.

For more information, contact Ross at (501) 944-0621.