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The Louisiana Rice Forum will be held at the Rayville Civic Center on Thursday, January 26, 2011. The preliminary agenda follows. For more information please contact county agent Keith Collins: kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu

8:30-9:00am  – Registration

9:30 – Steve Linscombe – Rice varieties/breeding program update

9:50 – Dustin Harrell – Rice Fertility/N-Star update

10:10 – Natalie Hummel – Rice Insects/Insecticides

10:30 – Johnny Saichuk  – Rice Production Issues

10:50 – Break

11:20 – Betsy Ward, USA Rice Federation, CEO, Federation Activities

11:40 – Reece Langley, USA Rice, Farm Bill update

12:00 – Lunch

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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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On Wednesday I’ll be speaking at the LSU AgCenter Rice Forum in Rayville, LA.  I hope to see you at the meeting.

Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum

9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.       

                                Registration/coffee/donuts

9:30 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 

                               Rice Varieties/Breeding program update

                               Dr. Steven Linscombe, Southwest Regional Director/ Rice Breeder, LSU AgCenter, Crowley,   LA

9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

                                Rice Fertility Research/Recommendations

                                Dr. Dustin Harrell, Agronomist, Rice Research Station, Crowley, LA

10:10 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          

                                Rice Insects/Insecticide update

                                Dr. Natalie Hummel, Extension Rice Entomologist, Baton Rouge, LA

10:30 a.m. – 10:50 a.m.          

                                Verification and Production Issues

                                 Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Extension Rice Specialist, Crowley, LA

10:50 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.           Break

11:20 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.          

                                USA Rice Federation Activities Update

                                Betsy Ward, President/CEO USA Rice Federation

11:40 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

                                Farm Bill and Regulatory Update

                                Reece Langley, Vice President, Government Affairs, USA Rice Federation

12:00 noon             Lunch

SPONSORED BY: LSU AgCenter, Northeast Louisiana Rice Grower’s Association, USA Rice Federation, Louisiana Land Bank.

For more information please contact County Agent Keith Collins.

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It’s that time of the year again, all the rice folks hunker down for Christmas break and then hit the roads running to winter rice meetings across the state.  The first week of January will be busy, followed by a smattering of meetings throughout the month.  This post provides information for the meeting plans that have been finalized to date.  Please contact your local county agent for information on meetings in your region. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I look forward to seeing you in 2011.

DISCLAIMER: please contact your local County Agent to verify the time, location, and program for this meeting.

Southwest Louisiana Rice and Soybean Forum, January 4, 2011, Welsh Community Center. Agenda follows:

8:00 a.m.                                     Welcome……………………………………………………………… Allen Hogan & Barrett Courville

8:05 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Rice Production Practices for 2011………………… Dr. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.              Rice Variety Update…………………………………… Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter Rice Breeder

8:55 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.              Rice Weed Management…………………………………. Dr. Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter Weed Scientist

9:25 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.              Rice Disease Management………………………………….. Dr. Don Groth, LSU AgCenter Plant Pathologist

9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.            Rice Fertility…………………………………………………. Dr. Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Agronomist

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Break

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.          Rice Insect Management……………………………. Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter Entomologist

10:55 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.          Rice and Soybean Market Update………………………. Dr. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter Economist

11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.          Soybean Varieties & Management Practice………… Dr. Ronald Levy, LSU AgCenter Soybean Specialist

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.         Soybean and Wheat Disease Management……….. Dr. Boyd Padgett, LSU AgCenter Plant Pathologist

12:55 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.           Soybean Weed Control……………………………………….. Dr. Jim Griffin, LSU AgCenter

1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             Soybean Demonstrations……………………………………….. Allen Hogan

2011 Evangeline/St. Landry Rice & Soybean School, Wednesday, January 5, 2011.  Please contact County Agent Keith Fontenot for an agenda and directions.

Acadia Parish, Rice & Soybean Producers Meeting, Thursday, January 6, 2011.  Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter office. Please contact County Agent Barrett Courville for more information.  Agenda follows:

7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee

8:00-8:10 a.m. Introductions……………………………………………………………………….Barrett Courville, County Agent, LSU AgCenter

8:10-8:30 a.m. Rice Growers Annual Business Meeting……………………………………….Jerry Leonards, President

8:30-8:50 a.m. Rice Production Practices for 2011……………………………………………..Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist, LSU AgCenter

8:50-9:15 a.m. Rice Variety & Breeding Update…………………………………………………Dr. Steve Linscombe, Rice Breeder, Rice Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter

9:15 – 9:35 a.m. Rice Weed Management………………………………………………………….Dr. Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter

9:35-9:55 a.m. Rice Disease Control Update……………………………………………………….Dr. Don Groth, Pathologist, Rice Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter

9:55-10:15 a.m. Rice Fertility & Agronomics……………………………………………………..Dr. Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter

10:15-10:35 a.m. Rice Insect Control………………………………………………………………..Dr. Natalie Hummel, Entomologist, LSU AgCenter

10:35-10:45 a.m. Break – Coffee & Donuts

10:45-11:00 a.m. Rice & Soybean Market Update………………………………………………..Dr. Kurt Guidry, Economist, LSU AgCenter

11:00-11:20 a.m. Soybean Production Practices………………………………………………….Dr. Ronnie Levy, Soybean Specialist, LSU AgCenter

11:20-11:40 a.m. Soybean & Wheat Disease Update……………………………………………..Dr. Boyd Padgett, Plant Pathologist, LSU AgCenter

11:40-12:00 p.m. Soybean Weed Control Update………………………………………………… Dr. James Griffin, LSU AgCenter

12:00-12:15 p.m. Environmental Regulatory Issues……………………………………………. Randy Jemison, USA Rice

12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch – Courtesy of Sponsors

1:00-1:30 p.m. WPS Regulations & Training……………………………………………………….Barrett Courville, LSU AgCenter

1:30-1:45 p.m. Pesticide Re-Certification……………………………………………………………Department of Agriculture & Forestry

The 38th Annual Vermilion Rice School is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at the American Legion Home in Kaplan.  For more information please contact County Agent Stuart Gauthier.

The Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum will be held Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at the Rayville Civic Center. For more information, please contact County Agent Keith Collins.

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