UACES Facebook Aug. 2 Rice Field Day features updates on weeds, drones, furrow irrigation

Aug. 2 Rice Field Day features updates on weeds, drones, furrow irrigation

July 15, 2019 

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Aug. 2 field day starts early – first tour leaves at 7:30 a.m.
  • Two tours, each lasts about two hours, each starts at Foundation Seed Center.
  • For info, contact the Rice Research and Extension Center at 870-673-2661.

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STUTTGART, Ark. – Weed management, furrow irrigation and drone use in agriculture are all on the agenda Aug. 2 for the annual Rice Field Day being hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.

“We are packing a lot of tech and research updates into our two, two-hour tours this year,” said Bob Scott, director of the rice station. “In addition to updates on production techniques, we’ll also be giving attendees a peek into the future rice and soybean varieties now in the works at the station.” 

Rice Field Day 2018
Visitors toured test plots and heard presentations about Division of Agriculture research during a field day Aug. 3, 2018 at the Rice Research and Extension Center. Dr. Karen Moldenhauer discusses long grain rice breeding. (Division of Agriculture photo by Fred Miller).

There is no cost to attend and registration opens at 7 a.m. at the station’s Foundation Seed Center. The first tour leaves at 7:30 a.m. The Rice Research and Extension Center is located at 2900 Arkansas Highway 130.

This year’s field day presenters are all with the U of A System Division of Agriculture. The tours may be subject to change. 

Tour 1:
Stop 1 – Soil Fertility
Trent Roberts – associate professor-soil fertility.

Stop 2 – Rice Weed Management
Jason Norsworthy – professor-weed science.
Tommy Butts – extension weed scientist.

Stop 3 – Drones in Agriculture
Larry Purcell – professor, soybean physiologist.

Tour 2:
Stop 1 – Multiple Inlet Irrigation 
Chris Henry – irrigation engineer.

Stop 2 – Soybean Breeding Program
Leo Mozzoni – assistant professor, soybean breeding.

Stop 3 – Furrow-Irrigated Rice
Jarrod Hardke – extension rice agronomist.
Justin Chlapecka – graduate assistant.

Stop 4 – Observation Bay
Karen Moldenhauer –professor, rice breeding.
Xueyan Sha – professor, rice breeding.
Ehsan Shakiba – assistant professor, hybrid rice breeding.

To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.

To learn more about rice production, contact your county extension office, or visit www.uaex.edu.

About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture 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 the station at 870-673-2661 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay. 

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Media Contact: Mary Hightower
Dir. of Communication Services
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
(501) 671-2126
mhightower@uaex.edu