Mark your calendars for the Arkansas Rice Field Day, Aug. 2, in Stuttgart

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Attendees viewed several different research projects during the 2018 Rice Field Day at Stuttgart — photo by Jarrod Hardke, University of Arkansas

Weed management, furrow irrigation and drone use in agriculture are all on the agenda Aug. 2 for the annual Rice Field Day being hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.

“We are packing a lot of tech and research updates into our two, two-hour tours this year,” said Bob Scott, director of the rice station. “In addition to updates on production techniques, we’ll also be giving attendees a peek into the future rice and soybean varieties now in the works at the station.”

There is no cost to attend, and registration opens at 7 a.m. at the station’s Foundation Seed Center. The first tour leaves at 7:30 a.m. The Rice Research and Extension Center is located at 2900 Arkansas Highway 130.

This year’s field day presenters are all with the U of A System Division of Agriculture. The tours may be subject to change.

Tour 1:
Stop 1 – Soil Fertility
Trent Roberts – associate professor-soil fertility.

Stop 2 – Rice Weed Management
Jason Norsworthy – professor-weed science.
Tommy Butts – Extension weed scientist.

Stop 3 – Drones in Agriculture
Larry Purcell – professor, soybean physiologist.

Tour 2:
Stop 1 – Multiple Inlet Irrigation
Chris Henry – irrigation engineer.

Stop 2 – Soybean Breeding Program
Leo Mozzoni – assistant professor, soybean breeding.

Stop 3 – Furrow-Irrigated Rice
Jarrod Hardke – Extension rice agronomist.
Justin Chlapecka – graduate assistant.

Stop 4 – Observation Bay
Karen Moldenhauer –professor, rice breeding.
Xueyan Sha – professor, rice breeding.
Ehsan Shakiba – assistant professor, hybrid rice breeding.

The University of Arkansas contributed this article.

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