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Soybean conference set for Dec. 13 in Stuttgart
Author: Mary Hightower, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture

Soybean producers will learn the results of the 2011 research season, plus hear Jeremy Ross, extension soybean agronomist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, offer an overview of the challenges of a growing season fraught with weather extremes and extraordinary weed and insect pressure.

The conference will be held Tuesday, Dec. 13, at the Grand Prairie Center at Phillips County Community College in Stuttgart, at 2807 Highway 165 South. There is no cost to attend.

Registration opens at 8:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served and participants asked to RSVP to Jeremy Ross at, by Dec. 9 so an accurate head count can be obtained.

The conference is sponsored by the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.

“This is an opportunity hear from, and speak with, the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture researchers who are attacking the problems faced by Arkansas soybean producers,” Ross said.

The agenda features an all-University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture lineup:
• Larry Purcell, professor/Altheimer Chair for Soybean Research — “Soybean stress effects on yield.
• Gus Lorenz, professor, integrated pest management coordinator – “Insect pest management in soybean.”
• Nathan Slaton, professor and director of soil testing – “Soil testing and fertilization practices for high yielding soybean.”
• Pengyin Chen, professor – “University of Arkansas soybean breeding update.”
• Kristofor Brye, professor – “Long-term effects of alternative management practices in a wheat-soybean double-crop production system.”
• Jeremy Ross, assistant professor, “2011 soybean crop, a look back at what happened.”
• Lanny Ashlock, assistant vice president for special programs and Arkansas and Mid-South Soybean Promotion Coordinator – “Research update and edamame project.”
• Todd Allen, chairman, Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board, “Update from the Arkansas Soybean Promotion Board.”

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