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The last couple of weeks have been busy with rice field meetings – both at the Rice Research Station and in Vermilion Parish. Last weekend we gathered for the 89th Annual Louisiana Farm Bureau Convention in New Orleans. Not everyone can attend these meetings but, thanks to advances in technology, you can experience them virtually. One way to do this is by using twitter. I tweeted speaker comments from the meetings. If you’d like to follow my twitter feed my handle is @NatHummel. You can also see it displayed on the right-hand column of the blog.

I’ll be speaking at the Northeast Louisiana Rice and Soybean Field Day on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. The field day will be held just north of Rayville at the Elliot Colvin Farm (same location as last year). If you need directions please contact Richland Parish County Agent Keith Collins.

Here is the agenda. Hope to see you at the meeting. I’ll make comments about early-season pest problems, rice water weevil management and rice stink bug scouting and management.

8:30am  Refreshments

9:00am –  Rice Variety Update – Steve Linscombe

9:15 – Rice Fertility – Dustin Harrell

9:30 – Rice Insects/Insecticides – Natalie Hummel

9:45 – Rice Weed Control Update – Bill Williams

10:00 – Production update – Johnny Saichuk

10:15– Tour Soybean Variety plot

10:40 – Travel to Rayville Civic Center

11:15 – Soybean Insect Update – Rogers Leonard

11:25 – Soybean Disease Update – Boyd Padgett

11:35 – USA Rice Federation Update

12:00 – Lunch

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CROWLEY, La. – An Acadia Parish field day covering research in rice and soybean production has been scheduled for June 15 at the South Farm of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station south of Crowley.

The field day will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and end with lunch at noon. Topics for presentation by LSU AgCenter scientists will include a rice disease update, rice variety development, soybean variety trials, rice fertilization, weed control and rice insect management.

The tour will start at 9 a.m. After touring the South Farm, the event will move to the nearby farm of Glen and Wes Simon where we have a rice water weevil insecticide demonstration test.

For more information, contact Barrett Courville, LSU AgCenter county agent in Acadia Parish, at 337-788-8821.

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Contact: Barrett Courville at 337-788-8821 or Bcourville@agcenter.lsu.edu

Writer: Bruce Schultz at 337-788-8821 or bschultz@agcenter.lsu.edu

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The southwest rice tour stop at Mark Pousson's farm in Welsh, La. (Photo by T. Pasco)

 

UPDATE: Additional information about the field day (including an online presentation of the field tour and speaker session) is available at www.lsuagcenter.com/ricefielddayinfo. 

The forecast calls for a chance of rain in the Crowley area tomorrow morning. In the case of rain, all field day activities will be held in the poster pavilion/drier area. Field tour speakers will make their presentations inside the drier beginning at 8:30 a.m. All other activities will be as scheduled. 

This is a busy time of year for field meetings.  Field days and workshops are a great opportunity to see research and extension programs conducted both at the research stations and on cooperator farms.  I hope to see many of you at these upcoming events.  

June 30.  Hundley Master Farmer Field Day/Ricetec Field Day, Mowata La., 5:00 PM.   

This field day will report the results of a small plot evaluation conducted by RiceTec.  This location evaluated varieties and also included a rice water weevil insecticide rate test.  My weevil crew gathered samples from the small plots 4 weeks post flood.  The results of the test will be presented.   Attendance at this field day will also count as Phase II and Continuing Education for producers wanting to get credit in the Master Farmer Program.  

For more information, please contact Cullen Minter at 336-499-6489.   

July 1.  101st Annual Rice Research Station Field Day.  Rice Reseach Station, Crowley, La. Beginning at 7:30 am.   

The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Rice Field Day will be held on Thursday, July 1, 2010 at the station.  The activities will begin at 7:30 a.m. with field tours of research projects, with the last tour truck leaving no later than 9:15 a.m.  Mike Stout and I will give an update on the Entomology Research and Extension Programs.  

There will be a poster session under the equipment shed on the west side of the drier. The poster session will last from 7:30 to 10:30.  During this time researchers and Extension specialists will be discussing and explaining their research programs, the methods used and the results they have attained thus far.    

Much of the field day program will focus on historical aspects of rice production technology developed through the years at the research facility. The main program will start at 10:45 a.m. in the drier facility with a lunch following.  

For more information, please contact Dr. Linscombe at slinscombe@agcenter.lsu.edu or 337/788-7531   

July 6.  Vermilion Rice Field Tour.   Gueydan and Klondike Area.  Beginning at 3 pm.  

The Vermilion Parish rice tour will include discussions about rice water weevil management, rice varieties, weed control, rice diseases, fertilization, and economics.  

For directions and more information, please contact Stuart Gauthier at sgauthier@agcenter.lsu.edu.  

July 9. East Carrol Parish Rice School.  School will be held in Madison Parish on the farm of Garrett Marsh, approximately 4 miles north of Tallulah on Hwy 65.  Program will begin with registration at 7:15 am.  

Donna Lee and RL Frazier have coordinated an in-field rice school in Madison Parish.  Speakers at the training will include Bill Williams (weed scientist), Johnny Saichuk (state rice specialist) and myself.  We will discuss the latest Research and Extension rice information.  

For more information, please contact Donna Lee at drlee@agcenter.lsu.edu.  

July 14.  Richland Parish Rice Field Day.  Rayville, La.   

There will be a variety of speakers on the program.  I will discuss the results of the rice water weevil demonstration and anything else we are observing in the field.   

For a schedule and directions to the field, please contact Keith Collins at kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu

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Mark your calendar.  The Vermilion Parish Rice Field Day will be held on July 6, 2010.  I will post the schedule when it is developed.

Scouting rice for borers in Vermilion Parish (photo by Jared Normand).

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The annual field day at the rice station in Crowley, LA will be held on July 1, 2010.  I’ll post more information on the events when it is announced.  Hope to see you there!

Natalie Hummel and Mike Stout being filmed during a stop at the rice station field day. Photo by Bruce Schultz.

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