Sweet potato field day planned for Aug. 20

CJ-0813-Sweet-Potato-FILEPONTOTOC — Sweet potato growers, crop consultants and other agricultural professionals can learn about current research and issues at a field day Aug. 20.

Researchers and specialists with Mississippi State University’s Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event at the Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, located at 8320 Highway 15 South.

Topics include nutsedge management, production and variety trials, herbicide carryover to corn, and alternative rotational crops, such as grain sorghum and sesame.

A Mississippi crop report will be presented and extension specialist in a variety of fields will be present.

A sweet potato soil fumigation rig designed by engineers from the MSU Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering will be demonstrated.

Registration is free and begins at 7:30 a.m. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Lunch will be provided.

For more information, contact Stephen Meyers, Extension sweet potato specialist, at 662-489-4621 or smeyers@ext.msstate.edu.

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