Turning Data Into Decisions rt1-1

Facilitator - Dennis Burns Extension Agent, LSU AgCenter

Growers now have many sources of data on their farms including: yield maps; soil EC data; UAV imagery; as applied input maps; tractor fuel use; and weather data. The amount of data can become overwhelming, and if not properly managed, useless. In this round table discussion, we encourage growers, consultants, researchers and technology providers to all share their ideas on how to capture the most value from the multiple data streams coming onto the farm. Example topics for discussion include sharing experiences of how data has been used to improve profitability, questions on how to organize data, and favorite tools to tame the data jungle.

Cover Crops - The good, the bad, and the ugly rt2-1

Facilitator - Keith Scoggins Farmer/NRCS District Conservationist/Arkansas Soil Health Alliance Member, USDA-NRCS

Facilitator - Robby Bevis Arkansas Farmer: Soybeans, Cotton, Corn, Rice; President, AR Soil & Health Alliance, Bevis Farm

Facilitator - DR. Bill Robertson Professor, Cotton Extension Agronomist, Univ. of Arkansas System, Division of Agriculture, Cooperative Extension Serv.

Producer members of the Arkansas Soil Health Alliance at this roundtable session will share their experiences of how they incorporated the use of cover crops into their production strategy in an effort to improve their profitability. They look forward to sharing successes, failures, and strategies to overcome challenges with others who have an interest in improving soil health as well as their bottom line.

Sustainable Rice Cropping Systems rt3-1

Facilitator - DR. BRIAN OTTIS Global Solutions Innovations Lead, RiceTec, Inc.

Facilitator - DR. ANDY KENDIG Herbicide Development leader, ADAMA

Rice weed control options were improved with the introduction of imi-resistant rice in the early 2000Ős. At that time, it was speculated by many that the technology would last about 10 years before outcrossing/gene flow would render the system ineffective at controlling red rice. Where recommended stewardship practices were followed, the technology is still performing well almost 20 years later; however, where the technology was relied on year after year without proper crop rotation or management, it is now obsolete. As ACCase herbicide-tolerance technology use expands in rice, farmers have an opportunity to make problem fields productive again. It is also an opportunity to put into practice the lessons learned from over-reliance on any single herbicide tolerance technology. This presentation and discussion will cover the learnings of the past 18 years of herbicide tolerance technology in rice. The FullPage TM and Max-Ace TM Rice Cropping Solutions from RiceTec and ADAMA will be detailed along with best practices for their use.

Dicamba Weed Management and Drift Issues rt4-1

Facilitator - DR. Larry Steckel Extension/Research Weed Scientist, University of Tennessee

Facilitator - DR. Eric Webster Professor/Weed Scientist, LSU AgCenter

Facilitator - DR. Jason Bond Weed Scientist, Mississippi State University

Facilitator - DR. Daniel Stephenson Professor/Weed Science, LSU Ag Center

Facilitator - James W. Heiser Sr. Research Associate, University of Missouri - Fisher Delta Research Center

In trying to manage Palmer amaranth, cotton and soybean growers in Louisiana, the Bootheel of Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee embraced the Xtend weed management system. Roughly 75% of cotton and over 80% of soybean varieties planted were Xtend varieties. The weed control, particularly Palmer amaranth, was very good. Unfortunately, numerous growers in those states struggled to keep dicamba in the field. A roundtable discussion of the experiences of weed scientist in those states will highlight the good and bad issues around dicamaba use in Xtend crops.

Bollworm Management in Bt Cotton: What to Expect in 2019 rt5-1

Facilitator - Dr. Jeff Gore Associate Research and Extension Professor, Mississippi State University

Facilitator - Dr. Gus Lorenz Distinguished Professor- Extension Entomologist, Associate Department Head- Entomology & Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas- Division of Agriculture

Facilitator - Dr. Sebe Brown Extension Entomologist, LSU AgCenter

Facilitator - Dr. Angus Catchot Extension Entomologist, Mississippi State University

Facilitator - Tucker Miller III Mississippi Consultant, Cotton, Soybeans, Corn, Peanuts, Vegetables; MS Farmer: Soybeans, Wheat, Corn, Cotton; Miller Entomological Services, Inc.

Facilitator - Dr. Scott Stewart Professor & IPM Coordinator, University of Tennessee

Bollworm management is changing. With over 40 years of use, pyrethroid insecticides no longer provide reliable control of this pest, and bollworm resistance to Bt technologies has become evident 20 years after their introduction into the U.S. cotton and corn markets. This panel will lead discussions about the performance of old and new Bt cotton traits, the efficacy and need for foliarly-applied insecticides, and present strategies and solutions to managing this pest in 2019 and beyond. Be prepared to participate!

The Arkansas Irrigation Yield Contest And The Mid-South Irrigation Survey rt6-1

Moderator- DR. CHRIS HENRY Associate Professor and Water Mangement Engineer, University of Arkansas

Facilitator - Greg Simpson UA Program Associate for Irrigation Water Management, University of Arkansas

Facilitator - Matt Morris

Facilitator - Richard Morris

Facilitator - Jason Bennett

In 2015 an Irrigation survey of Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri and Louisiana was conducted. The results from this survey have recently been released. Irrigators using soil moisture sensors reported reported 9 BPA more corn and 103 lbs more lint/ac of cotton. Cover crops and furrow irrigated rice were in usemore than the researchers expected. Computerized hole selection is increasing at a rate of 40,000 acres per year and about 40% of farmers are using CHS. The Arkansas Irrigation Yield Contest is the first irrigation contest, where contestants are recognized for producing the most crop per drop, a surrogate for profitability in a region of declining aquifers. Meet the winners and learn how they achieved the highest water use efficiency in rice, corn and soybean categories.

Strip-till in the Delta rt7-1

Facilitator - PERRY GALLOWAY Arkansas Farmer: Corn, Soybean, Wheat, Rice, Grain Sorghum

In 2018 Arkansas farmer, Perry Galloway, switched from a traditional 38" row pattern to a Midwest-style 30" strip-till system. This can be a viable production system for corn and soybeans, as well as cotton in some areas of the country. Perry will discuss all the advantages and challenges, including agronomics, economics and the environmental impact.