Beaumont field day to highlight emerging technologies, organic production

beaumont experiment station“Emerging Technologies for Texas Rice” will be the theme for the 71st annual field day, July 12, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Beaumont, 1509 Aggie Drive.

The free event begins with field tours at 8 a.m., an indoor program at 10:45 a.m. and a noon barbecue luncheon. The afternoon organic field tour begins at 1 p.m. and an organic rice workshop at 2 p.m.

The morning field tour will showcase recent developments in inbred and hybrid rice breeding, plant physiology, nutrient and disease and insect management.

The indoor portion of the program will feature Dr. Ted Wilson, center director, who will open with a brief overview of the center’s research. Program presenters will be:

• Robert Morris, founder/CEO, TerrAvion – Pixels in Ag: What Are They Good For?

• Dr. Xin-Gen “Shane” Zhou, associate professor, AgriLife Research at Beaumont/Eagle Lake – Endophytes: An Emerging Technology to Improve Plant Health and Yield in Rice.

• Dr. Stanley Omar Samonte, associate professor, AgriLife Research at Beaumont/Eagle Lake – Hybrid Rice Breeding for Grain Yield and Quality at Texas A&M AgriLife Research.

Licensed Texas Department of Agriculture private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators participating in this field day will receive continuing education credit for recertification.

For more information, call the Beaumont center at 409-752-3045 or visit .

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