Save the date: Wednesday, Aug. 10.
The 2016 Rice Expo will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 10, at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart. There will plenty of fun for families, as well as opportunities to learn something new.
There are three stops on this year's field tours. Shuttles to the tour will leave the Grand Prairie Center at 8:15 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m.
- Stop 1- Arkansas rice breeding update with Xueyan Sha and Ehsan Shakiba
- Stop 2 – Weed resistance management in rice and soybeans – Weed Scientists Jason Norsworthy and Tom Barber
- Stop 3 – Rice irrigation water management – Chris Henry, water management engineer; and Mike Hamilton, extension irrigation education.
Inside the Grand Prairie Center will be two classroons for seminar topics including drones on the farm, new technology for in-bin rice drying and storage and factors affecting rice milling yields.
A walk-in plant disease clinic will be available to help farmers and gardeners diagnose problem plants. There will be plenty of booths with products and services on display.
Aug. 5 Registration deadine for Rice Tabletop Centerpiece Contest
This activity will serve to promote the many uses of rice and utilize the talents of Arkansans to create beautiful centerpiece displays to be used on luncheon tables for over 1,000 people that will be attending this event.
- Open to all including Master Gardeners, Garden Club members and general public. Pre-event registration required by August 5.
- Limited to first 70 registered centerpieces.
- May enter up to three centerpieces utilizing rice panicles (Supplied rice panicle could be green and immature – standing up, and/or brown and mature -drooping over.) Rice panicles to be available shortly before event, if needed.
- Must make own centerpieces but may contain natural or store bought materials.
- Centerpieces should be no more than 24 inches tall and no more than 24 inches in diameter from corner to corner. May not use balloons.
- 2016 Arkansas Rice Expo held at Grand Prairie Center, 2807 Highway 165 South, Stuttgart, Arkansas 72160
- Contestants are responsible for removing their arrangements but they must remain in place until conclusion of luncheon at 1:00 pm and must be removed by 2:00 pm.
Centerpieces may be constructed outdoors on site under tent with table supplied or brought pre-made. Assembly should begin at 8:00 a.m. and moved to luncheon tables by 9:00. Judging begins at 9:15 a.m.
Prizes awarded for top 3 places along with a People’s Choice winner. Prizes will be awarded including rice gift packages. Awards will be presented at 10:45 am.
Entries will be numbered for judging with exhibitor card displayed following judging.
For more information contact Richard Klerk, 870-347-2556.
The Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your County Extension office as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.
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