Specialists with the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host the Corn, Soybean and Tobacco Field Day July 31 at the UK research farm in Princeton.

The field day begins at 7:30 a.m. CDT and features tours of UK research plots of the three crops. A total of four tours, three of which center around grain crops and one for tobacco, will run concurrently, but producers will have opportunities to visit all.

Highlights of the field day include a tour led by representatives from commodity groups and UK specialists about water quality issues. UK weeds scientists will also lead a discussion on strategies to manage herbicide-resistant weeds in a tour focusing on integrated pest management. Additional presentations include corn populations and yield, sidewall compaction, variety and hybrid updates and an invasive insect update.

During the tobacco tour, specialists from UK and the University of Tennessee will discuss varieties, conservation tillage and tank-mixing pesticides.

Continuing education credits are available for pesticide applicators for one general and two specific hours in categories 1A, 4, 5, 10 and 12. Certified Crop Advisors can receive a total of 4.5 continuing education units broken down into the following categories: 1.5 in crop management, 2 in pest management, 0.5 in nutrient management and 0.5 in soil and water.

The field day concludes at noon with lunch provided by the Kentucky Corn Growers Association, Kentucky Soybean Board, Drexel Chemical Co. and Burley Stabilization Corporation.

The UK Research Farm is located at 1134 Hopkinsville St. in Princeton.

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