An early season field crops field day will be held June 2, beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center in Suffolk, Va.

A highlight of the field day will be presentations on alternatives farmers have to replace Temik and Vapam. Both materials are widely used by Virginia growers, but one will be in limited supply and the other subject to more restricted use by federal guidelines.

Temik is widely used to manage nematodes and to control early season insect pests in cotton and peanuts. It is scheduled to be phased out in a few years, but a court order has shut down production of one the primary ingredients of the product, leaving only holdover supplies available to farmers for 2011.

Vapam is widely used to manage CBR (cylindrocladium black rot) in peanuts and for use in a number of specialty crops. Its use has been significantly restricted by recent federal guidelines, forcing many growers to look for alternative pesticide options.

The tour will be held at the Center’s research farm (1045 Hare Road, Suffolk, Va.). Specialists will display field research in progress and present information for the 2011 crop season.

Topics include disease and insect control in cotton, peanuts, wheat, and soybeans, weed control in Liberty-Link soybeans, and ongoing physiology research in peanuts and wheat.

Registration for the field day begins at 8:30 a.m. and the tour begins at 9 a.m. For more information contact the Tidewater Agricultural Research and Extension Center at 757-657-6450.

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