Saturday, April 13, 2024

In-person, online field days mark UArk’s summer offerings

• By Fred Miller •

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University of Arkansas rice breeder Xueyan Sha gives attendees at a previous Rice Field Day an update of rice breeding efforts at the Rice Research and Extension Station near Stuttgart—photo by Vicky Boyd

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will present a series of online and in-person field days this summer that will display key research and Extension programs. The series will kick off with a Cotton Sustainability Field Day in July.

“Recovering from a pandemic and struggling through torrential weather, Arkansas farmers need all the best information and technology to make their crops in 2021,” said Nathan Slaton, associate vice president for agriculture and assistant director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

“Research field days are a tradition going back to the birth of the land grant university system. The land grant mission is threefold — research to develop new knowledge and technology, Extension to move research results to the farms and communities of the state, and education to prepare future generations of scientists and educators to carry on the mission.

“Field days offer a direct connection between the laboratory and the field. Researchers and specialists meet face-to-face with farmers to deliver the latest agricultural tools, and to hear from growers about what they need to meet the challenges of growing food and fiber.

“This year’s slate of in-person and online field days will give agricultural producers and businesses face time with Division of Agriculture faculty and demonstrate research and extension programs aimed at helping Arkansas farms keep up with ever changing environmental and economic conditions and become more sustainable and profitable.”

In-person events

Planning is in progress for three in-person field days, including:

• July 30 — Cotton sustainability field day near Trumann.

• Aug. 6 — Rice field day at the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart.

• Aug. 12 — Rice College at the Pine Tree Research Station near Colt.

Online field days

Online field days presented during the COVID-19 lockdown in 2020 proved popular, Slaton said, so the division will present three online field days this year:

• Aug. 12 — Turfgrass field day.

•Oct. 7 — Rice and soybean field day.

• Oct. 28 — Corn and cotton field day.

The 2021 field day schedule is available at Additional event details will be added as they become available.

Fred Miller is a project/program specialist with University of Arkansas Communication Services. He may be reached at

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