2011 Arkansas Rice Expo – research, food and fun
Feed your brain, tempt your tongue and fire up your competitive spirit at the 2011 Arkansas Rice Expo scheduled for Aug. 4 at the Rice Research and Extension Center of the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
“The Arkansas Rice Expo includes all of the educational events that made up our traditional rice field day, plus new activities for the whole family,” says Chuck Wilson, interim director for the Rice Research and Extension Center.
This year’s research tours include a look at the latest University of Arkansas-bred hybrid rice, results of N-ST*R – Nitrogen Soil Test for Rice – and equipment demonstrations. Youth activities will include 4-H skeet shooting and archery, plus a rice cooking and tasting event. There will also be insect and seed ID contests for youth.
If rice isn’t the only thing you’re growing, homeowners can visit with Janet Carson, Extension horticulture specialist and author. She will be on hand that day to talk about Arkansas gardening.
Another new twist for 2011 is the calibration contest for pesticide sprayers.
“Sprayer calibration is an essential skill for row-crop producers, and they’ll have a chance to test that in a friendly competition,” Wilson says.
Producers should also like the change in the start time.
“This year, we won’t start our outdoor programs until 10 a.m.,” Wilson says. “We listened when our producers said the old 7:30 a.m. start time didn’t allow them to get their crews going and other management chores started.”
Registration opens at 9:30 a.m., and research tours run from 10 a.m.-noon.
For more information and directions, visit www.uaex.edu or call the Rice Research and Extension Center at (870) 673-2661.
Center pivot ‘Cruise Control’
Valley Irrigation introduced Pivot Cruise Control software, which allows producers to be even more precise with chemigation and fertigation. Cruise Control is the latest Valley Irrigation product that demonstrates the company’s dedication to meeting customers’ needs through innovation.
The patent pending Cruise Control is available exclusively from Valley Irrigation. With this new software, producers can program a center pivot irrigation machine equipped with a Pro2 control panel to automatically adjust its speed, based on completing a defined number of degrees in a specific amount of time.
This feature will help producers more precisely manage chemigation and fertigation through their center pivots.
John Rasmus, controls product manager for Valmont, the parent company of Valley Irrigation, said that producers should find Cruise Control very easy to use.
Cruise Control will be standard on all Pro2 panels this spring. Existing Pro2 control panels can be upgraded with Cruise Control software.
Interested producers should contact their Valley Irrigation dealer for more information or visit www.ValleyIrrigation.com.
Veteran agronomist Dave Guthrie joins AgriThority
AgriThority LLC, a company specializing in product and market development in agriculture and allied industries, announces its newest Associate, agronomist Dave Guthrie.
Guthrie has more than 25 years experience in agricultural research, education and product development. His experience includes positions with Stoneville Pedigree Seed Company, Monsanto, Bayer CropScience, the National Cotton Council and North Carolina State University. Prior to joining AgriThority, Guthrie was working as a consulting agronomist in California.
“Dave is well-versed in agronomic re-search, has experience in developing products for the market and a background in Extension and education,” says Jerry Duff, AgriThority managing member. “He will play a key role as a consultant and research specialist for AgriThority’s clientele.”
Guthrie holds a Bachelor of Science in Botany from the University of California at Davis, a Master of Science in Plant Science from California State University at Chico and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from the University of Arkansas.
Louisiana rice information now available on Facebook
The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station is now on Facebook. The page will provide timely updates on research conducted at the station as well as other useful information. The page can be accessed at the link below. Simply go to the page and click on LIKE. Updates will then be posted to your Facebook home page. If you are not currently a user of Facebook, signing up is easy and free.
This is the link to the Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/LSU-AgCenter-Rice-Research-Station/212812622077680.
Memphis Redbirds Mid-South farmer appreciation night
The Memphis Redbirds will host a Mid-South farmer appreciation night on Wednesday, July 20, at 7:05 p.m. The gates will open at 6 p.m. The event is presented, in part, by Cotton Farming magazine, a sister publication of Rice Farming.
The Farmer Package includes an outfield box ticket and two-hour buffet open from 6 to 8 p.m. The buffet consists of hot dogs, hamburgers, baked beans, slaw, potato chips, watermelon, Turner Dairy ice cream cups and Coca-Cola soft drinks.
The package value is $40, but the package cost is $24. Dugout box seats are available for $11 per seat (no food).
The Memphis Redbirds will be playing the Omaha Storm Chasers. Contact Tom Patterson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (901) 722-0212.
Arkansas’ 2011 DD50 program ready to help rice producers
The 2011 Arkansas Rice DD50 program is ready to help growers time critical production activities, says Stewart Runsick, Extension area agronomist for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture.
The DD50 program can be accessed at: http://dd50.uaex.edu/dd50Logon.asp.cations/PDF/FSA-2124.pdf. Growers without Internet access can contact their local Extension office to enroll fields.