Two back-to-back field days are  set for Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Upper Coastal Plain Research Station near Rocky Mount, N.C. The first is a sorghum field day that begins at  8:30 and concludes at 11:30  while  the second is a corn aflatoxin control field day that starts at 1:00 p.m. and wraps up by mid-afternoon.

The field days include a joint luncheon at 11:30 a.m.

“Sorghum looks excellent this year and we will have some good information on disease control and ways to increase yield,” said Dr. Ron Heiniger, North Carolina Extension corn specialist, who encourages farmers to attend both  field days.

The afternoon corn field day will include information on the latest techniques to control mycotoxins in corn.

“With all the corn diseases this year this will be a good time to show growers what is available or on the horizon  for controlling mycotoxins which can cause severe losses due to the inability to market the grain,” Heiniger said.

2014 North Carolina Sorghum Field Day Schedule

8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Weed Control and Row Spacing – Dr. Wes Everman, NCSU

9:30 a.m. Sorghum Varieties: Full Season and Double Crop – Dr. Ron Heiniger, NCSU

10:00 a.m. Sorghum Fertility – Theirry Besancon, NCSU

10:30 a.m. Planting Wheat after Sorghum – Dr. Randy Weisz, NCSU

11:00 a.m. Sorghum Diseases and Fungicide Applications – Dr. Randy Weisz, NCSU

11:30 Joint lunch with Corn Aflatoxin Contrrol Field Day

2014 North Carolina Corn Aflatoxin Control Field Day Schedule

11:30 a.m. Registration and joint lunch with Sorghum Field Tour

1:00 p.m Mycotoxins in Corn: A Concern for North Carolina Corn Growers – Dr. Ron Heiniger, NCSU

1:10 p.m. Do Bt Corn Hybrids Reduce Mycotoxins in Corn? – Megan Meyers, NCSU

1:40 p.m. Impact of Fungicides on Reducing Mycotoxins – Dr. Ron Heiniger, NCSU

2:00 p.m. Use of AF-36 and Aflaguard in Reducing Mycotoxins – Megan Meyers, NCSU

2:30 p.m. Long Term Strategy for Using Nontoxigenic Fungi to Control Mycotoxins – Megan Meyers, NCSU