Cotton field day in Trumann

Friday, September 2, 2011
By COREY CLAIRDAY

Arkansas State University and the University of Arkansas held a Cotton Field Day on Thursday, Aug. 25, to show off their research plots on the Judd Hill Plantation to interested farmers and students. Judd Hill provides 35 acres for small plots research for the universities. The 35 acres are surrounded by trees on three sides, which protects them from sprays on other fields. The experiments are being duplicated across the state on plots in Kaiser, Marianna and Rohwer. The field tour featured stops at the research plots, where scientists discussed cotton variety testing and breeding, irrigation timing, tillage, nitrogen fertilization, plant bug control, seedling disease and bacterial blight, plant growth regulator products and the effects of high temperature on cotton. After a morning of tours, guests heard from keynote speaker Congressman Rick Crawford, himself an Agricultural Economics graduate of ASU.