Vegetable research station to host edamame field day
Progress on herbicide research and breeding lines are among the items on the agenda for “Working Together to Sow Seeds of Success,” the edamame field day set for Sept. 24 at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Vegetable Research Station.
“This is an opportunity to get everyone together to discuss this year’s production and research in a new industry,” said Dennis Motes, station director. “This is a young, but very competitive industry in Arkansas—just our second in commercial production of edamame here in Arkansas.”
There is no cost to attend, but attendees are asked to RSVP by Sept. 18 to obtain a head count for lunch. Tours and presentations run from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., followed by lunch. To register for the event, or for other information, contact Paula Crabtree at 479-474-0475 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Edamame research is critical because Arkansas is the only state with commercial production and a dedicated processing plant for these soybeans.
Although more than 3 million acres of soybeans are grown in Arkansas, because edamame is picked fresh for human consumption, weed, disease and insect control methods used on conventional soybean acreage don’t necessarily apply, Motes said.
The state’s edamame producers will see “herbicide efficacy trials being conducted by Dr. Nilda Burgos and we have plots of Dr. Pengyin Chen’s breeding lines,” Motes said. Both Burgos and Chen are professors with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
Dennis Motes, station director, will provide an administrative overview. Lanny Ashlock, research coordinator with the Arkansas and Mid-South Soybean Promotion Board, will review the second year of edamame production.
Field tours will begin at 10:40 a.m. and will include: Soybean Fungicide Testing, John Rupe, professor, U of A Dept. of Plant Pathology; Herbicide Testing, Nilda Burgos, professor, U of A Dept. of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences; Insecticide Testing, Gus Lorenz, associate director, Ag and Natural Resources, Extension entomologist; and Edamame Soybean Breeding, Pengyin Chen, professor, U of A Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences.
Lunch begins at 12:30 p.m., followed by a panel discussion with Ashlock, Burgos, Chen, Lorenz, as well as Faulkner County Extension Staff Chair Hank Chaney, White County Extension Agent Keith Martin and Trent Roberts, assistant professor for the U of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.