June 27: Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day, Richard Farms, 5632 Louisiana Highway 700, Kaplan, La. Registration at 4:30 p.m.; tour begins at 5 p.m. Growers looking for ways to manage fields where weedy rice has become a costly problem are encouraged to attend the Horizon Ag Louisiana field day to learn firsthand about the new Provisia Rice System. For more on Horizon Ag, visit http://www.horizonseed.com.
June 28: LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Annual Field Day, Crowley, La. The field tours start at 7:15 a.m., with the last tour starting no later than 9 a.m. Presenters will give talks on weed control, rice breeding, hybrid development with a drone demonstration, agronomy, pathology and entomology. The field tours will be followed by a poster session until 10:30 a.m. The indoor program begins at 10:45 a.m. with comments by Jackie Loewer, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board; Betsy Ward, chief executive officer of USA Rice; and Michael Deliberto, LSU AgCenter economist, who will give an update on the rice market. Jennifer James will talk about sustainability in U.S. rice production. James, a rice farmer from Arkansas, chairs the USA Rice Sustainability Committee. Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, and Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice president, will also make remarks. A sponsored lunch will follow. The Louisiana Rice Research Board and the Louisiana Rice Promotion Board will meet separately in the Rice Research Station main office building immediately after lunch.
June 29: Auxin Herbicide Field Day, Pontotoc Ridge-Flatwoods Branch Experiment Station, 8320 Hwy. 15 South, Pontotoc, Miss. Learn best practices for adding auxin herbicides to your weed control tool box. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the event. Attendees will learn about auxin herbicides for use on 2,4-D- and dicamba-tolerant cotton and soybeans, how to manage these crops for maximum weed control, and methods to prevent the chemicals from affecting other crops and the environment. This free event is open to the public, but attendees should pre-register. On-site registration begins at 8:30 a.m., and tours begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. Certified Crop Advisor continuing education credits are available. The field day is sponsored by the Mississippi Chapter of the American Society of Agronomy and industry partners. To pre-register and for more information, contact Mark Shankle at [email protected] or Stephen Meyers at [email protected] or 662-489-4621.
July 7: MU Pest Management Field Day, University of Missouri Bradford Research Center, Columbia, Mo. Dicamba in all its forms gets prime focus at the field day. “It’s the first year for legal use of the weed-control system in Missouri,” says Kevin Bradley, MU Extension plant scientist. The herbicide has been studied in MU plots before release. Users must read not only the label but also websites posted by companies. There are specific rules that must be followed, Bradley says. Besides a variety of research results on dicamba and the Xtend weed-control system, hundreds of other plots will be shown on wagon tours at the field day. Hot topics on the tours include horseweed control and prevalence of resistant horseweed in Missouri, how cover crops and weed control fit together, and new pasture weed results. Those attending receive maps of all plots. People can go back to study plots of interest after lunch. On-site registration starts at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., Bradley tells the plan for the day, then the wagons roll. Bradley tests company products before they’re released. He’s noted for his frank analysis. The MU Bradford plots are his largest effort in the state. For details, go to http://bradford.cafnr.org/. For his weed science website, visit weedscience.missouri.edu. Advance registration is needed by June 30 for lunch, refreshments and handouts. The fee is paid on arrival. To enroll, call the farm at (573) 884-7945 or email [email protected]. Continuing education units for crop advisers are pending. Bradford Research Center is at 4968 Rangeline Road, about 8 miles east of Columbia, Mo. It’s part of the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
July 11: Southeast Texas RiceTec Field Day, Winnie-Stowell Community Building, 335 South Park, Winnie, Texas. Registration at 3:30 p.m. with bus tour beginning at 4 p.m. Dr. Ray McClain from LSU will be discussing the results of his Crawfish Forage Study comparing RiceTec hybrids to conventional varieties. Mike Gumina, CEO of RiceTec, will address attendees. Door prize drawing. Dinner will be served at the Winnie-Stowell Community Building. Contact Derrol Grymes at (281) 381-9371 if you plan to attend.
July 12: 2017 Greene County (Arkansas) Agricultural Field Day, Walcott, Ark Begins at 8 a.m. Topics to be discussed by University of Arkansas Extension faculty and agents, Arkansas State University professors, ag Industry professionals, Natural Resources Conservation Service employees, and local producers during the field tour include: Row Rice Production and Irrigation Water Management; Cover Crop Management/Soil Health; Corn ESN Study; Soybean Inoculant Study; and Provisia Rice plots. This Field Day will showcase and discuss 2017 research and demonstration plots. If you are interested in attending, call the Greene County Conservation District at (870) 239-8586 x 3 or the Greene County Cooperative Extension Service at (870) 236-6921 to RSVP or for additional details. A meal will be provided at no cost to the public provided registration is made in a timely manner. You can also register online at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/greene-county-cropland-and-conservation-field-day-tickets-35388249206.
July 12-14: Soil Health Institute Annual Meeting: Powering Up Our Soils, St. Louis, Mo.
July 20: Progeny Ag Products Field Day, Research Farm on Hwy 64 in Wynne, Ark. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first Crop Tour beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact [email protected].
July 20: Louisiana RiceTec Field Day, Angelina Plantation Office, 8318 Hwy 565, Monterey, La. Registration begins at 4 p.m. RiceTec encourages more than just rice farmers to attend this field day. Other interested groups may be any row crop farmers who are considering growing furrow-irrigated rice. Attendees will hear from RiceTec personnel, along with growers Derrol Vandeven and Jason Waller, and crop consultant Steve Crawford who will discuss all aspects of furrow-irrigated rice. Furrow-irrigated rice insurance discussion. Door prize drawing. Dinner will be served. Contact Mike Worthington at (337) 263-4297 if you plan to attend.
Aug. 1-2: Seed Technology Short Course, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. Cover crop economics and seed mixture considerations will be two topics. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station are hosts. The theme of this year’s course is “Cover Crop Opportunities.” Participants will learn about cover crop seed technology opportunities across various production agriculture and wildlife management applications. They will also hear lectures on the benefits of and planning strategies for cover crop applications, seed cleaning, sorting, blending techniques and equipment, seed treatments, specialty crop seed physiology, seed mixture sampling and testing, and labeling regulations for seed mixtures. The $100 registration fee covers the short course materials, breakfast and lunch each day, and a social dinner prepared by the MSU Collegiate Cattlemen’s Association. Preregistration for the course is encouraged. To register and learn information about sponsorship opportunities, course speakers, the program agenda and lodging, go to http://bit.ly/SeedTech17.
Aug. 7-9: 15th Annual Nitrogen Use Efficiency Conference, Lod Cook Hotel and Conference Center, Baton Rouge, La. Hosted by the LSU AgCenter. The meeting is designed for individuals from academic institutions and agricultural companies, said AgCenter researcher Brenda Tubaña. Focusing on the use of nitrogen fertilizer, presenters will include representatives from the LSU AgCenter, Auburn University, Oklahoma State university, Kansas State University, the University of Arkansas, and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Individuals can register online at http://bit.ly/2rIpzZL at no charge. Hotel accommodations can be reserved online at www.thecookhotel.com and entering the special code NITROGEN2017. More information is available from Tubaña at (225) 252-6025 or [email protected].
Sept. 15: Delta Rice Promotions 27th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, Walter Sillers Coliseum, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss. From 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Over 300 different rice dishes prepared by Delta area residents and restaurants, a goody bag, door prizes, and exhibits. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from county Extension offices throughout the Delta or Farm Bureau offices. Tickets will also be sold at the door or call (662) 843-8371.
Oct. 13-14: Fall Flower and Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, 2024 Experiment Station Rd, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days. More information at http://extension.msstate.edu/fallfest.