Roundtable 2023

Apr 05, 2022 by Renee McMahill in
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Developing A Digital Strategy For Your Farm

Presented by:  Dr. Ed Barnes, Director, Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated

Large amounts of data now flow through agricultural equipment and there are increasingly more ways to capture site specific field characteristics. To generate value from these data, standard operation practices are needed, data have to be collected and stored in a central location and translated into management decisions. And then there are data backup and sharing issues that have to be addressed. In this roundtable, we will discuss what needs to be considered when developing a digital strategy for your farm and ask participants to share what has and has not work for their operations and provide questions to the experts in the room.

Using Soil Moisture Sensors Across The Entire Farming Enterprise:  Lessons Learned From Those Who Are Doing It

Presented by:  Dr. Chris Henry, Associate Professor and Water Management Engineer, University of Arkansas
Presented by:  Dr. Drew Gholson, Assistant Professor/Extension Irrigation Specialist, Delta Research & Extension Center
Presented by:  Travis Senter, Arkansas Farmer
Presented by:  Will Hart, Mississippi Farmer
Presented by:  Sledge Taylor, Mississippi Farmer

Utilizing Soil Moisture Sensors across the entire farming enterprise is challenging and is potentially a capital-intensive process. Lessons learned from utilizing soil moisture monitoring, the successes and pitfalls will be shared in this farmer panel session.

Understanding Your Soil Test Recommendations

Presented by:  Dr. Nathan Slaton, Assoc. Vice President for Agriculture, Assistant Director of the AAES, (SOIL)-Soil Testing, University of Arkansas
Presented by:  Dr. Rasel Parvej, Assistant Professor & Soil Fertility Specialist, LSU AgCenter
Presented by:  Oscar Ruiz, Jr., Agronomist, Waypoint Analytical

Consistent high yield cotton and rice production often requires supplemental fertilization. In this roundtable, the details of how a soil test recommendation is constructed will be discussed. This information can be used to make more profitable fertilizer decisions.

Learning To Live With Insects – Understanding The Economics Of IPM

Presented by:  Dr. Tyler Towles, Assistant Professor Entomology, LSU AgCenter
Presented by:  Dr. Whitney D. Crow, Assistant Professor, Extension Entomologist, Mississippi State University
Presented by:  Dr. Sebe Brown, Assistant Professor, Extension Specialist, Field Crop Entomologist, University of Tennessee
Presented by:  Dr. Scott H. Graham, Extension Entomologist, Auburn University
Presented by:  Dr. Ben Thrash, Extension Entomologist, University of Arkansas

This roundtable will be an open discussion about major insect pests in multiple crops, using them as examples to understand the proper implementation of integrated pest management. Topics will include understanding the ability of the crop to tolerate or compensate for insect injury, the development of economically sound treatment thresholds, and debating if and when treatment thresholds should be adjusted ‘on the fly’ based on real-world practicalities of crop management.