Aug. 12 UArk Rice College to provide hands-on experience

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Attendees listen to a presentation during the 2019 University of Arkansas Rice College #$151; photo courtesy University of Arkansas

• By Mary Hightower •

The Aug. 12 Rice College will offer an intensive full-day look at the challenges facing Arkansas rice producers with a slate of researchers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Registration deadline for Rice College is Aug. 6 and runs from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. There will be no registrations on the day of the event. Registration fee is $100, and space is limited so don’t delay. Lunch is included.

Rice College will be held for the first time at the Pine Tree Research Station, 7337 Highway 306 West, Colt, in St. Francis County. Continuing education units will be available.

Rice College is held in an every-other-year rotation with Soybean College.

Unlike a regular field day, “This is an opportunity for industry professionals to take part in hands-on demonstrations,” said Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Our faculty will be showing current research and demonstrations on the challenges we see Arkansas rice producers face every day.”

Crop consultants, industry personnel and producers will see current research on many of the production challenges Arkansas rice producers are experiencing today. Attendees will participate in field presentations from UA Division of Agriculture personnel and have the opportunity to take part in hands-on (boots on!) demonstrations. CEUs will be available.

Rice College highlights include:

✔ Tommy Butts, Extension weed scientist:
Bolt/STS/non-STS soybean tolerance to ALS herbicides
Row spacing and weed control
Importance of plant-back restrictions

✔ Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist:
Identifying and correcting nutrient deficiencies

✔ Jason Norsworthy, professor and weed scientist:
Use of Rogue in rice
Loyant coated on urea
Review of seed treatment protection against drift
Rice response to dicamba

✔ Yeshi Wamishe, Extension plant pathologist:
Identification, scouting, and management of major rice diseases

✔ Nick Bateman and Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologists:
Insect sampling and ID
Management decisions
Seed treatments and foliar sprays

Donna Frizzell, program associate for the Division of Agriculture:
Cultivar selection and management considerations.

For more information about Rice College, contact Hardke at

Click here to register

Mary Hightower is University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture communications director. She may be reached at

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