LSU Rice Research Station scientists had to make some adjustments, but they all were able to impart most of the information they had prepared for the station's annual field day on June 25. The rains held off long enough to allow the LSU AgCenter's Randy Price and Charles Malveaux to demonstrate a UAV Malveaux built to help give producers an idea of how the machines could help them see what's happening on the back side of a rice field.
By that afternoon, the rains resumed and continued throughout the Mid-South region for several more days, causing flooding in some rural and urban areas.
1. LSU AgCenter faculty members participate in Rice Field Day
DR. ERIC WEBSTER, left, professor of weed management, rice; Dr. Michael Salassi, professor of agricultural economics; and Ronnie Levy, assistant professor, central region, soybeans, catch up following the Rice Research station Field Day at Crowley, La.
2. New checkoff details explained
JACKIE LOEWER, center, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board, answers farmers’ questions about the rice checkoff following his presentation on the new checkoff legislation at the Rice Research Field Day.
3. Sharing notes on insect problems across borders
DR. ERNEST GIROUARD, left, coordinator of the Louisiana Master Farmer Program; Dr. Carrie Castille, associate commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; and Dr. Jeff Gore, research entomologist with the Delta Research and Extension Center, Stoneville, Miss., visit following the presentations at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Field Day.
4. Unmanned aerial vehicle attracts crowd at Rice Research Station Field Day
CHARLES MALVEAUX, center, white LSU shirt, talks about the unmanned aerial vehicle he had just put through its paces during a demonstration at the Rice Research Station Field Day. Malveaux is a graduate student in the Biological and Agricultural Engineering Department at LSU.
5. UAVs or dornes could have multiple uses in agriculture
KEITH HAWKINS, left, ANR/Forestry County Agent in Bureaugard Parish, talks with Dr. Randy Price, assistant professor, central region, about the unmanned aerial vehicle displayed at the Rice Field Day.
6. Land Bank leaders attend Rice Field Day
CLAY HEBERT, left, and Stephen Austin, both of the Louisiana Land Bank, were among industry members on hand for the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station’s annual Field Day in Crowley, La.
7. Adding a touch of lagniappe to Rice Field Day lunch
NICOLE SONNIER, Miss Acadia Parish, helped farmers and industry members get through the lunch line at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day. The station is located near Crowley, La., which is in Acadia Parish.
8. Taking a break at the Rice Field Day
IT TAKES A LOT OF MANPOWER to put on a field day, and the Rice Research Station at Crowley, La., is no exception. Summer workers take a break from field day preparations and directing traffic at this year’s field day.
9. Industry leaders on hand for field day
MICHAEL HENSGENS, president of G&H Seed Co., in Crowley, La., was one of many industry members attending the annual Rice Research Station Field Day.
10. Getting a fresh look at U.S. rice
THESE RICE SPECIALISTS from Brazil traveled a long way to observe production practices in the Southern U.S. Rice Belt. The threat of rain led LSU AgCenter leaders to cancel the field tour portion of their annual Rice Research Station Field Day. But presenters gave the information they would have at the Station’s rice drying facility. The farmers are observing a rice field opposite the drying facility.