LSU AgCenter Rice Field Day goes virtual

• By Bruce Schultz •

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LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth holds a tray of blast-infested rice during a previous LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station field day — photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

UPDATED — The 2020 field day at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley will be held online only because of the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic.

The internet presentations by Rice Research Station faculty is now available for viewing at www.LSUAgCenter.com/ricefieldday.

“This virtual field day will allow our scientists to make their presentations just like they have in the past,” said Don Groth, Rice Research Station resident coordinator. “We concluded this is the best option to keep our stakeholders and the public informed of the work we are doing at the Rice Research Station.”

The virtual presentations will cover new rice varieties; weed, insect and disease control; hybrid rice development; agronomic practices and crawfish production. Poster presentations will be available in PowerPoint.

The event will wrap up with talks by Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture; Mike Salassi, AgCenter associate vice president for plant and animal sciences; Richard Fontenot, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board; and Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry.

Groth said he is hopeful the 2021 field day can return to a live event.

Download the Rice Field Day flyer by clicking here.

Bruce Schultz is assistant communications specialist at the LSU AgCenter. He may be reached at BSchultz@agcenter.lsu.edu