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Field Crops Day sows vital management information

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Written Friday, July 01, 2005  

Ohio State University researchers will share the latest information on weed control, nutrient management and soybean rust during the 2005 Field Crops Day.

The field day takes place 6-9 p.m. July 28 at OSU's Northwest Agricultural Research Station in Custar, Ohio. The station is located one mile east of State Route 235 between Oil Center and Hammansburg roads, at 4240 Range Line Road.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.

"We would like to invite anyone interested in the challenges that face agriculture producers, including agricultural suppliers, crop consultants, landlords and the actual producers themselves," said Matt Davis, station manager. "It is our hope that those in attendance will come away with at least one thing that will assist them in making decisions in their operation. Our main goal is to provide quality information that is useful to our clientele."

Presentation topics and speakers include:

* "Fungicide Basics for Soybean Rust: Detection, Timing and Management" -- Anne Dorrance, OSU Extension plant pathologist.

* "Evolving Weed Problems and their Management" -- Mark Loux, OSU Extension weed specialist.

* "Understanding Lime Recommendations and Nitrogen Management" -- Robert Mullen, OSU Extension soil fertility specialist.

* "Nitrogen and Tillage Interaction on Corn Production" -- Alan Sundermeier, educator, OSU Extension Wood County.

"The threat of soybean rust has been a hot topic all winter and this has continued into the growing season, but I feel Ohio State researchers are ready if this disease shows up," Davis said. "Here at the Northwest Agricultural Research Station we have planted many areas to monitor the movement of the disease, test the various control products and evaluate the current soybean varieties for slow-rusting characteristics."

For more information, contact Davis at (419) 257-2060 or by e-mail at davis.1095@osu.edu .

The field day is sponsored by the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and OSU Extension.

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