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130-plus brave wet weather to attend first-ever Soybean College

NEWPORT, Ark. – More than 130 agriculture industry personnel braved wet weather to attend the first-ever Soybean College at the Newport Extension Center.

The Aug. 18 event, organized by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, saw 133 people take part, including producers, consultants, industry and Division personnel, said Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. 

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WHAT'S BUGGING YOU? -- Extension Entomologist Gus Lorenz talks about insects pests in soybeans at the U of A System Division of Agriculture Soybean College at Newport on Aug. 18, 2016. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Cody Griffin).

“Participants had the opportunity to engage in hands-on activities, including disease and insect identification, herbicide symptomology, determining soybean growth stages, herbicide efficacy research, nutrient deficiency symptomology, and new irrigation technologies,” Ross said. “

Despite the wet weather, many of the participants lauded the program and said they would attend Soybean College in the future.

“Our current plans are to conduct the Soybean College every other year, in a rotation with the Rice Consultant Training that (extension Rice Agronomist) Jarrod Hardke conducts,” Ross said.

Faculty and staff presenters at the Soybean College included Jeremy Ross, Terry Kirkpatrick, nematologist; Michael Emerson, extension plant pathology program associate; Chris Henry, assistant professor and irrigation specialist; Mike Hamilton, extension irrigation instructor; Extension Weed Scientists Tom Barber and Bob Scott; and Extension Entomologists Gus Lorenz and Nick Seiter.

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.

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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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