ALEXANDRIA, La. – The LSU AgCenter will host a field day at its Dean Lee Research Station Aug. 26.

Known as the Rapides Parish/Dean Lee Crop Field Day, this third annual event is slated to start at 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at the research station south of Alexandria.

The field day will feature two concurrent tours of fields where LSU AgCenter research is being conducted – one focusing on cotton research and the other on feed grain studies.

Presentations on cotton defoliation by LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Sandy Stewart and on feed grain variety developments and the soybean verification program by feed grain specialist David Lanclos will be included on both tours.

In addition, the cotton tour will include talks on plant population and Pix research by Stewart and graduate student Jonathan Siebert, on cotton varieties and late-season insect management by Stewart and LSU AgCenter entomologist Ralph Bagwell and on cotton weed control with herbicides and their development by research station resident coordinator Roy Vidrine and research associate Derek Scroggs.

The feed grain tour also will include discussions on double cropping wheat and soybeans by Lanclos, weed control and herbicide development by Vidrine, and corn and soybean breeding programs to develop improved varieties by LSU AgCenter plant breeder Steve Moore.

The two groups will reconvene at 6 p.m. for dinner and general presentations by David Boethel, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for research, and John Andries, director of the Louisiana Boll Weevil Eradication program with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry. Donna Morgan with the LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer Program also will give an update on the environmental education program being developed in the state.

The field day is open to anyone interested in learning about the latest developments in the cotton, soybean and grain crop production.

The LSU AgCenter’s Dean Lee Research Station is located adjacent to the LSU-Alexandria campus off U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.

For more information on the field day, contact Sandy Stewart at (318) 473-6522, (318) 308-6525 or sstewart@agcenter.lsu.edu or Matt Martin at (318) 473-6605 or mmartin@agcenter.lsu.edu. A program can be downloaded by selecting Crop Field Day Info. under News You Can Use at www.lsuagcenter.com/parish/rapides.

John Chaney is a writer for the LSU AgCenter.

e-mail: jchaney@agcenter.lsu.edu