By LEONNA HEURING
SEMO News Service
SIKESTON, Mo. -- Soybean growers will have the opportunity to learn the latest developments in the industry while also hearing from some of the agriculture's top experts.
University of Missouri Extension is hosting the annual regional soybean meeting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Miner Convention Center.
David Reinbott, Extension agriculture business specialist, said normally between 100 to 150 farmers, landowners and crop consultants turn out for agriculture conferences like the one slated for later this month.
"This year we're excited about our group of experts that's coming," Reinbott said. "Hopefully, we'll have a good turnout."
According to Reinbott, this year Ryan Van Roekel, soybean researcher for University of Arkansas, will discuss the University's research work on soybean response to maximum yield environment by focusing on management practices that include early planting, irrigation, fungicides, high fertility and seed treatments.
Van Roekel, who has researched Kip Cullers, one of the record soybean producers of the country, will share his knowledge during the conference. He will discuss how Southeast Missouri soybean growers may be able to replicate Cullers' success and put the method into practice here.
"One thing we try to do at these meetings is have research-based information that growers can maybe incorporate into their everyday operations and try things out and see what things work for them," Reinbott said.
Gus Lorenz, University of Arkansas, will give a soybean insect update. Dr Grover Shannon University of Missouri -- Delta Center will present research updates on soybean cyst nematode, root knot nematode and soybean varieties.
Mike Zuzolo, president of Global Commodity Analytics and Consulting from Lafayette, Ind., will discuss marketing outlook and strategies for this year's crops.
Dr. Ray Massey, University of Missouri, will discuss how to use historical fieldwork days to make equipment and crop management decisions.
In addition, Anthony Ohmes, agronomy specialist for the Extension's Southeast Region, will update farmers on weed control strategies for resistant weeds.
"Our economist who is coming -- that will be a good fit to what everyone else is talking about now," Ohmes said.
Farmers can learn more about how to reach that next plateau of production yields, Ohmes said.
"And if you have questions, it's an opportunity to have one-on-one time with the experts," Ohmes said. "After they speak or during a break, you can ask them questions. They're right there, and you can get hands-on
information immediately from the source itself."
In addition to reaching the farmers, crop consultants and others in the field benefit from these conferences, too, Reinbott said.
"It's sort of training the trainer. These are the guys and gals who go out and work with growers one-on-one and show them how to maximize their yields. So we're hitting the farmers directly but, hopefully, working with sharing input to dealers and scouts to implement into their programs."
Following the conference will be the District 7 Missouri Soybean Association Meeting.
Winter is the ideal time to offer conferences geared to local farmers because it's one of their least busy times of the year, Reinbott said.
Last month over 100 were in attendance during the Extension's corn conference in Miner. Other crop conferences are planned for next month.
The Missouri Cotton Production and Outlook Conference will be from
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 6
at the MU T.E. "Jake" Fisher Delta Center in Portageville, and the Missouri Rice Producers Conference is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 19 at the Eagles Club in Dexter.
The MU extension officials said they prefer for attendees to pre-register mainly so organizers have an idea of how much food to order for the lunches.
Ohmes encouraged farmers, crop consultants and others in the business to attend the free conference if they can.
"It's an opportunity for them to be together and hear what's going on in
research-based university trials and get information about the world of agriculture," he said.
Those with questions should contact Reinbott at (573) 545-3516 or Ohmes at (573) 243-3581. For more on the cotton conference, contact Mike Milam (573) 888-4722 or Andrea Jones (573) 379-5875. To learn about the rice conference, call Sam Atwell at (573) 748-5531.