Discussing Dicamba

Graves-Chapple field day to focus on dicamba, pest and crop management

The University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Graves-Chapple Research Center will bring a variety of agricultural topics to its annual field day, with a big focus on the use of new dicamba technology in soybeans.

The field day will begin with a breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 22, at the Research Center three miles north of Corning, Mo. Tours will begin at 8 a.m. and a lunch will be served at noon. The last tour leaves the headquarters building at 11:15 a.m. The event, as well as the meals, are free and open to the public.

“We know that the dicamba issue is the foremost topic on most producer’s minds, and that there are many questions regarding this technology,” said Superintendent Jim Crawford. “To help address all of the questions producers have about dicamba, Kevin Bradley will not only have a stop on a field tour, he will also hold a question-and-answer session in the main building after lunch. This will give producers a forum to get all their questions addressed while still keeping the tours on a timely basis.”

Kevin Bradley, a University of Missouri Extension weed specialist, will discuss dicamba during the Graves-Chapple field day. He will also hold a question-and-answer session in the main building after lunch.Kevin Bradley, a University of Missouri Extension weed specialist, will discuss dicamba during the Graves-Chapple field day. He will also hold a question-and-answer session in the main building after lunch.

Bradley, a University of Missouri Extension weed specialist, will be on-site to discuss the off-target movement of dicamba in Missouri. Andy Luke, MU Extension agronomy specialist, and Extension Professor Ray Massey will also discuss dicamba. Luke will talk about how dicamba-tolerant crops are different from Roundup and Liberty. Massey will talk about herbicide injury in terms of liability and insurance concerns.

Graves-Chapple will also host pest management and crop management tours. There will be several topics covered, including marestail control, farm leases, nitrogen application timing and rates on a tight budget, and soil health.

Wayne Flanary, agronomy specialist, Greg Luce, adjunct professor in the Division of Plant Sciences and research director with the Missouri Soybean Association, and Tamra Jackson-Ziems, extension plant pathologist and professor at the University of Nebraska, will head the pest management tour. Scott Brown, assistant extension professor, Peter Scharf, professor in the Division of Plant Sciences, and Robert Kremer, adjunct professor in the School of Natural Resources, will present during the crop management tour.

The Graves-Chapple Research Center is located approximately three miles north of Corning, Mo., and is one of the University of Missouri College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Agricultural Research Centers. For more information about the field day, call 660-744-6231 or email Crawford at CrawfordJ@missouri.edu. For more information about the Graves-Chapple Research Center, visit graveschapple.cafnr.org. The GPS address for the Research Center is 29955 Outer Road, Fairfax, MO 64446.

To get to the Graves-Chapple Research Center from the south, take the Corning exit, exit 99, on Interstate 29 to the East Outer Road. From the north, on Interstate 29, take exit 107 and follow Highway 111 south (this highway runs parallel to the interstate). Go approximately six miles south to the Nishnabotna Corner and turn east onto Highway Z. Follow this road approximately two miles. Right after crossing the interstate, turn south onto the gravel outer road. The Center is approximately half a mile south on the frontage road.