June 19: Crop Production and Pest Management Field Day, LSU AgCenter Tom H. Scott Research, Extension and Education Center, Winnsboro, La. 8:30 a.m. - Agricultural Industry Expo featuring equipment, production and pest management practices. 10 a.m. - Field tours and horticulture seminar. Noon - Lunch and administrative updates. 1:30 p.m. - Interagency agent training. For more information, contact Tara Smith at (318) 435-2155 or [email protected].
June 26: 2018 Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day, Richard Farms near Kaplan, La. Featuring the new Provisia Rice System, Provisia rice variety PVL01 and the latest top-performing Clearfield rice varieties for the region. Horizon Ag partnered with BASF to bring the Provisia Rice System to market in 2018. The field day also will give farmers an opportunity to see and hear updates on Horizon Ag Clearfield varieties popular in the region, like CL111 and CL151; the latest high-performing Clearfield varieties like CL153 and CL172; and promising experimental rice seed lines. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m., and the field day tour starts at 5 p.m. The event will include guest speakers, and dinner will follow. For more information about the 2018 Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day or to RSVP for the event, call Horizon Ag at (866) 237-6167.
June 27: LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Field Day, Crowley, La. Farmers will hear about research being conducted to help them grow a better crop. Field tours will start at 7:15 a.m., with the last one at 9 a.m. Presentations will be made about controlling weeds, diseases and insects; breeding; and emerging technologies in rice production. A poster session will be held from 7:15 to 10:30 a.m., and presentations will begin at 10:45 a.m. Speakers will include Anne Isdal, regional director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, who will talk about EPA priorities; Frank Leach, manager of government affairs for USA Rice, who will give an update on the farm bill; and Jackie Loewer, Louisiana Rice Research Board chairman, who will provide details about board activities. Other speakers will include Bill Richardson, LSU AgCenter vice president for agriculture, and Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice president for plants, soil, water and animal science.
July 18: Northeast Louisiana Rice Field Day at the Colvin Farm at 632 Scales Road, Rayville, followed by indoor presentations at the Rayville Civic Center at 817 Louisa St., Rayville, La., 9 a.m. until noon.
July 24-28: 2018 Mississippi Agricultural Industry Council and Mississippi Seedsmen’s Assn. Convention, Perdido Beach Resort, Orange Beach, Ala. Register at maicms.org/registration. For more information, contact Butch Alpe at (662) 694-1895 or [email protected].
July 26: 30th Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day, University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Milan, Tenn. Begins with a 7 a.m. breakfast honoring supporters and elected officials. Will feature no-till research and equipment, water quality and natural resources research and displays showing products and services related to no-till crop production. For more information, contact Blake Brown or LesLee Smelser at (731) 686-7362 or [email protected].
July 31-Aug. 1: Mississippi State University Seed Technology Short Course, Capps Center, Stoneville, Miss. This course focuses on seed treatment and enhancement technologies, application methods, equipment, and solutions for commodity, forage, and turf seed applications. Safe handling, environmental stewardship, quality evaluation, and labeling regulations for treated seed will also be discussed. Go to http://seedtech.extension.msstate.edu/ for registration, agenda, lodging, contact information, and information on sponsoring the Seed Technology Short Course. Check the website often for the latest information.
Aug. 7: Rice Tec Field Day, Rice Tec Business Center, 15329 Hwy. 1, Harrisburg, Ark. 4 p.m. - Registration. 4:30 p.m. - Farm Tours. 6:30 p.m. - Dinner and Program. A day of insights and updates. This event will include presentations by rice industry experts with discussions to include strip trial updates, information on FullPage, irrigation automation, and Rice Tec’s new product updates.
Aug. 7: Steak & Potatoes Field Day, UT Plateau AgResearch and Education Center, Crossville, Tenn. Sponsored by the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. Educational sessions at the event will be divided into three main subject areas: beef production, fruit and vegetable production and forestry and landscape management for landowners. The event is free to attend. The event will begin with registration and a trade show at 8 a.m. CDT at the center’s main unit just west of Crossville. Tours and seminars begin at 8:30 and conclude at 11:30. A sponsored lunch will be provided following the program. Pesticide recertification points will be awarded to participants in need of continuing education to maintain their certification. Contact the center for more details about the event or to request an accommodation for accessibility by calling 931-484-0034.
Aug. 8: 2018 Soybean College, Newport Research Station at Newport, Ark., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Producers, consultants and other industry professionals are invited. Experts with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will be on hand to discuss the latest research findings and recommendations in soybean production. See current research on many of the production challenges Arkansas soybean producers are experiencing today. Participants will hear presentations from Division of Agriculture and industry personnel and have the opportunity to take part in hands-on demonstrations. The tentative agenda for the 2018 Soybean College includes: Herbicide Symptomology/Herbicide Technologies; Insect Scouting Demo; New Irrigation Technologies; Soybean Disease Identification/Control; Soybean Breeding/Variety Changes; and Nutrient Deficiency Identification. Registration for the 2018 Soybean College will be $100 per person. Only online registrations will be accepted, and no walkup registrations will be accepted the day of the event. Total participants in the 2018 Soybean College will be capped at 130 participants in order to keep breakout groups small. Paid participants will receive a complementary sweep net, hand lens, and other items. Register online at https://www.uaex.edu/media-resources/news/may2018/05-02-2018-Ark-soybean-college.aspx. Registration fees will not be refunded due to inclement weather. Lunch will be provided, and CEUs will be available. Refer all questions about the 2018 Soybean College to Jeremy Ross at [email protected] or (501)944-0621.
Sept. 14: 28th annual Delta Rice Tasting Luncheon sponsored by Delta Rice Promotions, Inc., Delta State University Walter Sillers Coliseum, Cleveland, Miss. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from the Extension office of Bolivar County, Miss., by calling (662) 843-8371. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.
Oct. 12-13: 2018 Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. both days. Food vendors will have food and drinks available. For more information contact a Mississippi county Extension office, or call (601) 892-3731.