“Texas Rice – Embracing Innovation” is the theme for the 72nd annual Texas Rice Field Day, July 11, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Beaumont.
The event is free and open to the public. Field tours begin at 8 a.m., followed by an indoor program at 10:45 a.m and a noon barbecue luncheon.
Morning field tours will showcase recent developments in hybrid rice breeding, plant physiology, and nutrient, disease and insect management.
Dr. Ted Wilson, center director, will open the indoor program with a brief overview of the center’s research, followed by three keynote speakers. They are:
► Dr. Bruce Linquist, Cooperative Extension specialist, University of California-Davis – narrowing the yield gap in rice.
► Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist, University of Arkansas – furrow-irrigated rice.
► Dr. James Campbell, supervisory research entomologist, U.S. Department of Agriculture – post-harvest grain management.
Licensed private, commercial and non-commercial pesticide applicators participating in this field day may obtain Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education credit for recertification.
The Beaumont Research and Experiment Station is located at 1509 Aggie Drive.