‘The Future of Delta Agriculture’

Fisher Delta Research Center field day set for Aug. 31

The 56th annual Fisher Delta Research Center field day, set for Thursday, Aug. 31, will take a look at the future of Delta agriculture. Field tours will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be served at noon. The field day, titled “Future of Delta Agriculture,” is free and open to the public.
Gene Stevens will discuss evaluating potassium fertility in cotton during the 2017 Fisher Delta Research Center field day.Gene Stevens will discuss evaluating potassium fertility in cotton during the 2017 Fisher Delta Research Center field day.
“This is always an exciting time where we can share a small sample of the professional research the team does here every day,” Director Trent Haggard said. “Truthfully, we wish we had more time to share more of what we do.” With a focus on the future, the Fisher Delta Research Center will feature three tour topics during its field day – cotton, soybeans and rice. Pengyin Chen, who holds the University of Missouri Plant Sciences Endowed Professorship of Soybean Breeding and is located in Portageville, will lead the soybean discussion, presenting on the current variety development and germplasm enhancement taking place at the Center. Kevin Bradley, an associate professor and MU Extension weed scientist, will discuss dicamba and off-target movement. “The soybean breeding team at the Delta Research Center has a super-productive track record,” Haggard said. “They release four to six new varieties into the market every year. The check-off dollars invested in our program has a tremendous return on investment. Pengyin, who has been with the Center for a year now, has a celebrated record of collaborating well with many other soybean breeders across the United States and the world.” David Dunn, MU Extension associate in the soil testing lab, and Jim Heiser, a senior research associate, will present a sample of the rice research at the Center. Dunn will focus on the different methods of winter rice straw management. Heiser will present on his work with the new rice weed control products.
Matthew Rhine will present during the cotton tour, focusing on cotton rooting depth and irrigation management.Matthew Rhine will present during the cotton tour, focusing on cotton rooting depth and irrigation management.
The cotton tour will feature a variety of presentations and information. Extension professor Gene Stevens will talk about evaluating potassium fertility on cotton. Senior research associate Matthew Rhine will present on cotton rooting depth and irrigation management. Ken Sudduth, adjunct professor and USDA-ARS agriculture engineer, will discuss using soil sensors to measure soil texture variations and water-holding capacity for improved site-specific cotton management. Earl Vories, adjunct professor and USDA-ARS agriculture engineer, will help guests understand the factors affecting cotton yield monitors for improved site-specific management. “We perform research on an extremely wide number of soils, crops and management practices,” Haggard said. “Therefore, each research team leader offers up numerous possible topics for the field day. Generally, we decide which topics are the most valuable and timely.” The Fisher Delta Research Center is located at Junction T & TT in Portageville, Mo., and is one of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. For more information about the field day, call 573-379-5431 or email Haggard at HaggardT@missouri.edu. For more information about the Fisher Delta Research Center, visit delta.cafnr.org.