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Eastern Virginia AREC to host upcoming Soybean Field Day

The Soybean Field Day at the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center will feature several presentations by faculty in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

The Soybean Field Day at the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center will feature several presentations by faculty in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.
The Soybean Field Day at the Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center will feature several presentations by faculty in the School of Plant and Environmental Sciences.

From: The Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center

The Eastern Virginia Agricultural Research and Extension Center, located in Warsaw, Virginia, will host a Soybean Field Day on Sept. 23 from 8:30 a.m. to noon.

Field tours will not take place on the main farm but will be held about one mile away at 3133 Menokin Road.

There will be several Virginia Tech School of Plant and Environmental Sciences faculty on hand throughout the tours to highlight:

  • Bo Zhang will provide soybean breeding and variety development, and edamame breeding and technology updates.
  • David Holshouser will discuss soybean varieties for Virginia growers.
  • David Langston will cover soybean disease management.
  • Kemper Sutton, Tom Kuhar, and Sally Taylor will provide updates on corn earworm resistance to insecticides in Virginia.
  • Joseph Oakes will discuss improving breeding selection efficiency through remote sensing.

Oakes’ presentation will highlight a new, recently funded project that is a part of the Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture. This is a collaboration between Oakes, Song Li, Maria Balota, and Zhang. The objective of this project is to use aerial imagery to collect phenotypic data such as maturity date, plant height, and lodging in breeding plots with the ultimate goal of generating new, user-friendly protocols for measuring maturity date, height, and lodging.

The event will conclude with a barbecue lunch at the main farm, located at 2229 Menokin Road.

Register for the Soybean Field Day at: https://forms.gle/qaBnjLv6DHHCnrb77.

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