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Herbicide use tops agenda at April 28 Forestry Field Day

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Feb. 26, 2016

Fast facts:

  • April 28 Forestry Field Day at Hope focuses on safe, effective herbicide use
  • Field day opens at 8:30 a.m.
  • Deadline to register is April 22: Download registration form
  • For info: Jon Barry, 870-777-9702, x 112 or jbarry@uaex.edu 

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HOPE, Ark. – Like any other crop, timber needs to be managed to ensure a healthy stand that’s not being outcompeted for water and nutrients by weeds or other undesirable plants. Proper use of herbicides by non-commercial forest landowners is the topic of the April 28 Forestry Field Day at the Southwest Research and Extension Center. 

“At the field day we want to show how effective herbicides can be in managing both pine and hardwood stands and how to use them safely,” said Jon Barry, extension forester for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 

The field day will include a tour of sites where herbicides have been used to control invasive pests, competing vegetation in a pine plantation, and used to release desirable hardwood regeneration in a bottomland hardwood forest. 

Participants are asked to register by April 22 to ensure lunch. Registration is $12 in advance, or $17 at the door. Those registering on the day of the event are not guaranteed a meal. The day opens with registration at 8:30 a.m. (download registration form)

On the agenda:

  • Herbicides for hardwood management – Kyle Cunningham, extension forester, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • Herbicide safety – Ples Spradley, extension pesticide application instructor, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • Field Tour – Jon Barry, extension forester, U of A System Division of Agriculture
  • Herbicides for Pine Management – Vic Ford, director, SWREC
  • Herbicide fates in the environment – Jon Barry. 

Barry said participants should be dressed for a field walk on rough terrain, if weather permits. 

“If you need special accommodations to navigate rough terrain, please let us know at least a week in advance of the event,” he said. 

For more information on forestry, contact your county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your county extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons regardless of race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu

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