The 2009 Arkansas Soybean Research Conference is slated for Dec. 8 at the Convention Center in Brinkley, Ark.

Jeremy Ross, Arkansas Extension soybean specialist, has been developing the program for the conference.

“We try to have this meeting be a bit more research-based than in typical county production meetings. Speakers have more time to delve into what they’re seeing in research and the back-story for a lot of recommendations.

“This year, we’ve got a really good roster of speakers. Registration begins at 8 a.m. and the program will kick off at 8:30 a.m.”

Among the topics and University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture speakers:

• Soybean seed quality and vigor, Rick Cartwright.

“Growers are always interested in vigor and seed quality issues. (Cartwright) knows a lot about this and will discuss what happened this year and what is anticipated for 2010.

“Early this spring seed quality was good — just as folks anticipated after a good 2008 growing season. For next year, though, there are concerns and that’s backed up by some of the testing numbers reported through the Plant Board so far.

“Growers need to have as much information as possible and this is part of that. They need to not only check germination numbers but also accelerated aging and vigor numbers. That will provide a more complete picture and give them an idea about needing to bump up seeding rates or other things.”

• The red-banded stink bug in Arkansas soybean, Scott Akin.

The red-banded stink bug, a huge problem in Louisiana, is a pest is on the move in Arkansas.

“Every year, we get reports of it moving farther north. This stinkbug could be the next big pest in our soybeans.”

• A summary of 2009 weed research in soybean, Bob Scott.

Scott “will be talking about weed resistance, management and some of the new products coming out: LibertyLink soybeans and other things. This is an important topic because glyphosate-resistant pigweeds are continuing to spread and we’ve got to deal with it.”

• Soybean fertilization trends and research results, Nathan Slaton.

Slaton will be giving an overview of fertilization of soybeans.

“We’re in the process of updating P and K recommendations. Slaton will talk about those modifications and other issues.”

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