Title: Crop Protection Decisions
Date: Thu Aug 4, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Moderator: Jeff Keiser
Precision Pathology: Diseases from the Ground Up; Using Spatial Data Layers to Understand the Complex Issues Limiting Yield

Yield differences across fields can be attributed to diseases in many cases.  Plant pathologists often speak of the disease triangle, with three critical points representing the susceptible host, the presence of a virulent pathogen, and an environment conducive for disease development.  What is often overlooked is the presence of more than one disease, simultaneous disease, or disease complexes that ultimately drive yield.  Our ability to collect spatial data and synthesize it will help reveal the interactions of multiple diseases and disorders, making up the overall field environment, that will allow us to better understand the whole system in fields and maximize our production efficiency.  On farm collaboration between researchers, farmers, and consultants facilitating data collection, using current precision ag technology, will be key to our learning of and understanding complex issues that limit yield.   

Terry Spurlock (speaker)
Assistant Professor and Extension Plant Pathologist
University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooper
Monticello, AR 71655
I am an extension plant pathologist in the southeast portion of Arkansas with extension responsibilities on soybean, grain sorghum, corn, wheat, and vegetables. I have a 25% research appointment that is focused on site-specific management of plant diseases or, generally speaking, precision agriculture. My research is currently dealing with interactions of soil borne fungal pathogens and plant pathogenic nematodes. I have a Ph.D. in Plant Science and MS in Plant Pathology from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, AR and a BS in Agronomy from Texas A&M University in College Station, TX.
Length (approx): 40 min
Precision Scouting and Weed Management

This talk will discuss the emerging technologies for precision scouting and making herbicide applications.  It will go over options for drone imagery as well as growing improvements in satellite imagery and their usefulness for scouting and assessing the impact of applications.  We will also look at ways to incorporate these technologies together with yield monitoring and soil mapping to improve overall crop management.

Angela Post (speaker)
Small Grains Extension Specialist
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695-7620
Angela Post holds a PhD in Weed Science from Virginia Tech and currently leads the Small Grains Extension program at North Carolina State University. Her research and extension efforts focus on all aspects of small grains agronomy with particular interest in assisting producers incorporating new technologies into their farming operations for scouting, making applications, and assessing the impact of those applications.
Length (approx): 40 min
Using myFields to Make Decisions and Manage Pests is a web-based application designed to help farmers and crop consultants make well-formed decisions through a customized, cooperative extension experience. Using a systems-based approach to pest management, myFields helps facilitate the adoption of integrated pest management (IPM) principles, including field scouting and chemical selection, by resolving issues of convenience and quick access to information.

Brian McCornack (speaker)
Associate Professor
Kansas State University
Manhattan, KS 66506
Dr. McCornack has an integrated research program that facilitates the discovery and application of tangible solutions to emerging pest issues. He has co-developed a wide range of pest management tools for use on large commercial farms, including widely adopted economic injury levels and thresholds for invasive species, binomial sequential sampling plans for grain sorghum pests, and improved best management practices for economically important pests.
Length (approx): 40 min