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Turning Data Into Decisions

Presented by: Dr. Ed Barnes Director, Agricultural and Environmental Research, Cotton Incorporated

Presented by: Jason Ward Assistant Professor and Lic. Professor, Engineer, North Carolina State

Presented by: Jim Wilson Chief Technology Officer, AgGateway

Presented by: Dr. Terry Griffin Associate Professor and Cropping Systems Economist, Department of Agriculture Economics, Kansas State University

Presented by: Shane Isbell Alabama Farmer: Isbell Farms

Growers now have many sources of data on their farms including: yield maps; soil EC data; UAV imagery; as applied input maps; tractor fuel use; and weather data. The amount of data can become overwhelming, and if not properly managed, useless. In this round table discussion, we encourage growers, consultants, researchers and technology providers to all share their ideas on how to capture the most value from the multiple data streams coming onto the farm. Example topics for discussion include sharing experiences of how data has been used to improve profitability, questions on how to organize data, and favorite tools to tame the data jungle.

Understanding your soil recommendations

Presented by: Dr. Nathan A. Slaton Assistant Director – Arkansas Agri Experiment Station, University of Arkansas

Presented by: Jerry Harris Agronomist, Waypoint Analytical, LLC

Consistent high yield cotton and rice production often requires supplemental fertilization. In this roundtable the details of how a soil test recommendation is constructed will be discussed. This information can be used to make more profitable fertilizer decisions.

Learning to live with insects – understanding the economics of IPM

Presented by: Dr. Sebe Brown Extension Entomologist, LSU AgCenter

Presented by: Dr. Angus Catchot Extension Entomologist, Mississippi State University

Presented by: Dr. Gus Lorenz Distinguished Professor & Extension Entomologist, Assoc. Dept. Head Entomology & Plant Pathology, University of Arkansas

Presented by: Dr. Scott Stewart Director, West Tennessee Ag Research & Education Center, University of Tennessee

Presented by: Dr. Jeff Gore Associate Research & Extension Professor, Mississippi State University

Presented by: Whitney D. Crow Assistant Extension Professor, Delta Research & Extension Service


This roundtable will be an open discussion about major insect pests in multiple crops, using them as examples to understand the proper implementation of integrated pest management. Topics will include understanding the ability of the crop to tolerate or compensate for insect injury, the development of economically sound treatment thresholds, and debating if and when treatment thresholds should be adjusted on the fly based on real-world practicalities of crop management.

Using Soil Moisture Sensors Across The Entire Farming Enterprise: Lessons Learned From Those Who Are Doing It

Presented by: Dr. Chris Henry Associate Professor and Water Management Engineer, University of Arkansas

Presented by: Dr. Drew Gholson Assistant Professor, Delta Research & Extension Center

Presented by: Matthew Morris Arkansas Farmer:

Presented by: Tommy Young Arkansas Farmer: Rice, Corn, Wheat, Soybeans

Presented by: Jeffry Mitchell Mississippi Farmer: Corn, Soybeans

Presented by: Sledge Taylor Mississippi Farmer:

Utilizing Soil Moisture Sensors across the entire farming enterprise is challenging and is potentially a capital-intensive process. Lessons learned from utilizing soil moisture monitoring, the successes and pitfalls will be shared in this farmer panel session.

SmartRice and the Importance of Sustainable Rice Production

Presented by: Tim Williamson RiceTec Marketing Director, RiceTec Inc.

Presented by: Whitney Blake RiceTec Sales Agronomist, RiceTec Inc.

Presented by: Dr. Merle Anders Crop Consultant, Net-Profit Crop Consultant, PLLC

There is a growing trend among consumers to purchase sustainably grown products. Rice has a strong opportunity to capitalize on this emerging trend and has a great story to tell:  A RiceTec hybrid enabled platform, with sustainable technologies, can position growers to provide rice for current needs and prepare for future opportunities with sustainability credits. These are the key levers to position rice as a sustainable crop.