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Cover crops, weeds, irrigation on agenda for Aug. 3 Arkansas Rice Field Day

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Aug. 3 Rice Field Day offers a pair of two-hour tours. Soil fertility, weeds, irrigation, insects, disease, breeding on the agenda.

The Aug. 3 Arkansas Rice Field Day is back at the Rice Research and Extension Center and this year’s event features a pair of two-hour field tours that will cover the spectrum of production issues including breeding, irrigation, weed, disease and pest management, and fertility.

The tours will depart from the Foundation Seed Facility on the grounds of the research and Extension center in Stuttgart. The first field tour leaves at 7:30 a.m., the second at 9:30 a.m. There is no cost to attend. The Rice Research and Extension Center is located at 2900 Arkansas Highway 130 East in Stuttgart.

With harvest so close at hand, one of the most timely discussions will be about cover crops, said Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

“We’ll be talking about cover crops and where they’ll fit into rice production or rice rotation,” Hardke said. “We’re about to start harvest and soon after is when we’ll need to put in cover crops.”

Ehsan Shakiba, an assistant professor and rice breeder with the Division of Agriculture, will be discussing hybrid rice breeding and Manuel Esguerra will join him to talk about high nighttime temperatures and the effects on grain yield and quality.

Extension Entomologist Nick Bateman and PhD student Aaron Cato will discuss their work  on cutoff timing for rice stink bugs.

Trent Roberts, associate professor and expert in soil and rice fertility, will have a talk on GreenSeeker and proper use of the handheld.

There will be a brief indoor program at 11:30a.m., before lunch begins.

The full schedule:

Tour 1:

Stop 1 -- Agronomy & Soil Fertility

  • Trent Roberts -- Associate Professor, Soil Fertility.
  • Jarrod Hardke -- Extension Rice Agronomist.

Stop 2 -- Rice Weed Management

  • Jason Norsworthy -- Professor, Weed Science.

Stop 3 -- Irrigation Management

  • Chris Henry -- Irrigation Engineer.
  • Return to Foundation Seed Center (9:30 or 11:30 a.m.).

Tour 2:

Stop 1 -- Entomology

  • Nick Bateman -- Extension Entomologist.
  • Aaron Cato -- Graduate Assistant, Entomology.

Stop 2 -- Rice Pathology

  • Yeshi Wamishe – Extension Rice Pathologist.

Stop 3 -- Hybrid Breeding and High Nighttime Temperatures

  • Ehsan Shakiba -- Asst. Professor, Breeding.
  • Manuel Esguerra -- Post-Doc, Breeding.

Stop 4 -- Observation Bay

  • Karen Moldenhauer – Professor, Breeding.
  • Xueyan Sha – Professor, Breeding.
  • Return to Foundation Seed Center (9:30 or 11:30 a.m.).

For more information about rice production, contact your county Extension office or visit

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