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.
July 24: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. The July speaker, John Butler, president of Agricenter International, will present the new strategic plan – Agricenter International, 2030 transformation. The cost to attend is $10 for thelunch. For more information, please contact Hillary Spain at [email protected].
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. 2: Mississippi State University Extension Service Rice Producer Field Day, Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville, Miss. The program will begin at 3 p.m. at the Charles W. Capps Jr. Entrepreneurial Center. The three-hour event includes field tours of research plots with MSU rice researchers. Featured speakers for the free event include USA Rice Federation CEO Betsy Ward and MSU Extension agricultural economist Larry Falconer. R&E Center researchers will discuss rice agronomy, economics, entomology, pathology, breeding and weed control. A rice producer social hour will be held at the Delta Council’s conference room following the event. The field day is cosponsored by the Mississippi Farm Bureau, Mississippi Rice Promotion Board, Mississippi Rice Council and Delta Council.
Aug. 2: RiceTec Arkansas Field Day, RiceTec Arkansas Business Center, 15329 Hwy 1, Harrisburg, Ark. Registration at 4 p.m. Tours begin at 4:30 p.m. Program and meal at 6:30 p.m. Presentations from rice industry experts, field tours, vendors and exhibitions of new experimental hybrids — all with the goal of providing farmers with progressive methods and products to enable the most successful and sustainable yields. During the field tour stops, attendees will be presented information on state-of-the-art herbicide technologies, RiceTec products, nitrogen and weed management, carbon credits, planting dates, nitrogen definition trials, and the results of yield trials of the company’s new hybrids. The program will include: Mason Wallace, technical service manager, will discuss the latest in herbicide technology; DJ Shipman, regional sales manager of RiceTec will discuss hybrid performance; Dr. Gus Lorenz (Arkansas IPM coordinator), will speak about Integrated Pest Management and seed treatments; Greg Baltz will speak about on-farm grain drying and milling; Jim Battreal from ANRC in Little Rock will update the status of ground water in the Delta; Mike Gumina, Global CEO of RiceTec, will provide an update on seed production and discuss research advancements. In addition, RiceTec will showcase its new Clearfield hybrids. A crawfish étouffée and pork steak supper will be served. Industry vendors will participate, including ag lenders, John Deere Financial, Ducks Unlimited, USA Rice, Valent, and Valley View Agri-Systems.
Aug 4: Arkansas Rice Expo (Rice Field Day), Grand Prairie Center and Division of Agriculture’s Rice Research & Extension Center. Contact: Dr. Nathan McKinney, (870) 673-2661 or [email protected].
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.