Rice Field Day Features Updates On Weeds, Drones, Furrow Irrigation

 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

   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.” 
   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. ∆
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