LSU AgCenter sets schedule for rice field days

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LSU AgCenter rice breeder Dr. Steve Linscombe had several more Provisia rice lines in the pipeline. He showed them off at the 2017 LSU Rice Field Day.

The LSU AgCenter will hold a series of field days to help rice farmers learn about the latest practices to improve crop production.

Experts will make presentations on variety development, fertility, diseases, insects and weeds.

“These field days give us the chance to provide details about our research projects,” says Don Groth, resident coordinator of the AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station. “Also, our scientists will be available to answer questions from growers.”

The field days will be held on:

• May 30, southwest Louisiana rice field day at Johnny Hensgens Farm, at the corner of David and McCown roads south of Iowa, starting at 8 a.m.

• May 31, Evangeline Parish rice field day at the Bieber Farm, 1 mile west of Mamou on Bieber Road, starting at 8:30 a.m.

• June 5, Vermilion Parish rice field day at the Lounsberry Farm east of Lake Arthur on La. Highway 14, starting at 4 p.m. followed by supper at the Klondike Fire Station.

• June 13, Acadia Parish rice field day at the South Farm, south of the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, starting at 8:30 a.m.

• June 27, Rice Research Station. Field tours start at 7:15 a.m. The last trailer will leave at 9 a.m., followed by a poster session and indoor presentations. Lunch will follow.

• July 18, northeast Louisiana rice field day at the Colvin Farm at 632 Scales Road, Rayville, followed by indoor presentations at the Rayville Civic Center at 817 Louisa St., Rayville, 9 a.m. until noon.