The Bridgestone Research Farm in Eloy welcomed a large group of growers on Tuesday, November 1st for a Guayule Grower Field Day. Speakers included researchers and extension agents from both the University of Arizona and Bridgestone. Dr. Dave Dierig welcomed the group with an overview of Bridgestone’s ongoing investment in guayule. Will Thelander offered a grower’s perspective on the experience of growing guayule for 4 years. Detailed presentations covered weed and pest management practices, irrigation, using the BENCO model to forecast new crop adoption, and more.
Dr. Sam Wang provided an in-depth tour of Bridgestone’s guayule fields. Russ Brock, Agro Operations Supervisor, provided a detailed review of the guayule harvesting equipment developed by Bridgestone. Growers also viewed a weed control trail of newly planted guayule.
Bridgestone presented details on contracts available to farmers interested in growing guayule. For further information, contact Del Craig: email@example.com.