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Annual regional soybean meeting will be Jan. 24

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

SIKESTON -- Soybean growers will have the opportunity to learn the latest developments in the industry while also hearing from some of the agriculture's top experts.

University of Missouri Extension is hosting the annual regional soybean meeting from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Miner Convention Center.

David Reinbott, Extension agriculture business specialist, said normally between 100 to 150 farmers, landowners and crop consultants turn out for agriculture conferences like the one slated for later this month.

"This year we're excited about our group of experts that's coming," Reinbott said. "Hopefully, we'll have a good turnout."

According to Reinbott, this year Ryan Van Roekel, soybean researcher for University of Arkansas, will discuss the University's research work on soybean response to maximum yield environment by focusing on management practices that include early planting, irrigation, fungicides, high fertility and seed treatments.

Van Roekel, who has researched Kip Cullers, one of the record soybean producers of the country, will share his knowledge during the conference. He will discuss how Southeast Missouri soybean growers may be able to replicate Cullers' success and put the method into practice here.

"One thing we try to do at these meetings is have research-based information that growers can maybe incorporate into their everyday operations and try things out and see what things work for them," Reinbott said.

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