Rice plants

LSU AgCenter rice field days begin May 28

The LSU AgCenter will host a series of rice field days across Louisiana during the growing season.

Topics will include variety development updates, control of weeds, insects and disease, fertilization and soybean production.

On May 28, the Southwest Rice Field Day will be at the Fenton Cooperative in Fenton at 1311 U.S. Highway 165. Registration starts at 8:30 a.m., and the program begins at 9 a.m. The event will travel to the Jimmy Hoppe farm to view research plots.

Also on May 28, the Vermilion Parish Rice Field Day will be held at 4:30 p.m. at the Lounsberry Farm 1 mile east of Lake Arthur on Louisiana Highway 14.

On June 9, the Evangeline Parish Rice Field Day will be held at the Joey Hebert Farm with cooperating producer, Kenneth LaHaye. On Bieber Road about 4 miles west of Mamou, turn right at Daugeraux Road and drive a half mile, then turn left at a well and follow signs to the research plots. The second part of the event will be at Bieber Farms on Bieber Road 1 mile west of Mamou.

On June 16, the Acadia Parish Rice Field Day will be at the South Farm of the Rice Research Station, in Crowley, off Louisiana Highway 13. It will start with registration at 8:30 a.m. and the program at 9 a.m.

The Rice Research Station’s annual field day will be July 1. The day will start with field tours beginning at 7:15 a.m. The last one begins no later than 9 a.m.

The Northeast Louisiana Rice Field Day will be July 21 at 9 a.m. at the Woodsland Plantation in Richland Parish 4 miles west of the intersection of La. Highways 15 and 133 until 11 a.m. when the event reconvenes at the Rayville Civic Center.

A St. Landry Parish Rice Field Day also will be held, but details are pending.

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