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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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Wow – 2012, yes, it’s right around the corner. I’ll bet you are asking the same question as me – where did 2011 go???

The rice winter meeting dates are now being announced. In this post I list all the dates I have received so far and over the next week I’ll send you more details on the specific programs. I will be speaking at all of these meetings – the topic will vary depending on the parish and the problems we observed last season. Please feel free to email me or your local county agent for more information on the meetings.

Meeting season will kick off with the Southwest Louisiana Rice and Soybean Forum in Welsh, LA on Jan 3, 2012. The Evangeline Parish rice and soybean meeting will be held the morning of Jan 4, 2012 in Ville Platte, LA. The next meeting will be the Acadia Parish Rice and Soybean school at the LSU AgCenter Acadia Parish office in Crowley. The week will wrap up with the Vermilion Rice School in Kaplan, LA on Jan 6, 2012. The Avoyelles Parish Rice meeting is scheduled for Jan 11, 2012 in Bunkie, LA. The final meeting I have on my calendar is the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum in Rayville, LA on Jan. 26, 2012. On the evening prior to this meeting, the Louisiana rice growers association will hold their annual meeting in Crowley on Jan. 25, 2012. We will have the pleasure of receiving updates from USA Rice representatives.

For more information on the meetings I listed, please contact the following county agents:

Southwest Rice and Acadia Parish – Barrett Courville: bcourville@agcenter.lsu.edu

Evangeline Parish – Keith Fontenot: kfontenot@agcenter.lsu.edu

Vermilion Parish – Stuart Gauthier: sgauthier@agcenter.lsu.edu

Avoyelles Parish – Rob Ferguson: referguson@agcenter.lsu.edu

Northeast Louisiana – Keith Collins: kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu

I hope to see you at one (or more) of the meetings this winter.

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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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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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