Newport Extension Experiment Station, a new endeavor - September 2013
Several years ago, this station has been everything from an airbase to a beef research station to a farmer having it for a while growing cows on it. Several farmers got together with Randy and told him that they and some of our administrators, and said they really wished we’d consider doing more ag research up here.
[Video shows a soybean field. Text – A few weeks ago the brand new Newport Extension Experiment Station celebrates its first field day. The station director, Bob Scott was on hand to briefly explain how the new change came about at the station. Video shows a soybean field with a sign – Plant Pathology Disease Screening Nursery and Foliar Fungicide Trials. Research supported by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board and several other chemical companies.]
So they put out the call that the station was available and that was about the time that the pigweed problem hit. [Dr. Bob Scott, Ph.D., Extension Weed Specialist, Crop, Soil and Environmental Science and Director of the Newport Extension Experiment Stations. U of A University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]
So, my crew, Jeremy Ross’ program, we were some of the first ones to come up here and just gradually over time, it has built into mostly the Extension Service that had plots up here and it just kind of was getting ridiculous for the crew to have to come all the way from the Pine Tree up here to manage this station. [Video shows participants at the field day listening to Dr. Scott. Video shows soybean fields.]
So we talked to administration, Jeremy and I, and assured Tony [Windham, U of A associate VP-Agriculture-Extension] that we could run it as cheap or cheaper than they could, [Dr. Scott laughs] so I’m learning that may not be possible, but anyways we’re going to give it a shot.
It is the first of its kind and probably our first official field day as an Extension Experiment Station. So appreciate any feedback you guys have, any ideas. [Video shows Dr. Scott talking to participants about the new station.]
We’re already planning for 2013 and we just look forward to serving this area and being a pilot program for Extension and we’ll see how it works. [Video shows a soybean and corn field. For more information visit www.uaex.edu. University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Research and Extension University of Arkansas System, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.]