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June 4: Natural Resource Enterprises Business Workshop, Catfish Point Hunting Club, Greenville, Miss. For landowners and hunting clubs who want to earn extra income while improving land management for wildlife. Attendees will learn about marketing, ways to reduce liability, recreational enterprise potential, available cost-share programs, management for waterfowl and other natural resources, and nuisance wildlife, such as wild hogs. Registration is $25 per person or $30 per couple, which includes lunch and reference materials. For more information about the workshop or to register online, visit http://www.wildlifeworkshop.msstate.edu.
June 8: Arkansas River Valley Flooding Meeting, Multi-Purpose Building, Conway County Fairgrounds, Morrilton, Ark. 9:30 a.m. To help farmers manage their crops once floodwater recede. Held by Arkansas Extension personnel. “Our growers have a ton of questions about the future of their crops. Can the plants be saved? Can they replant? What about weeds and insects?” said Hank Chaney, Faulkner County Extension staff chair for the Division of Agriculture. “For this meeting, we’re pulling together our agronomists and other experts to help producers navigate this very uncertain time.” The agenda: Planting soybeans - time permitting. Jeremy Ross, Extension soybean agronomist for the Division of Agriculture; Soybean insects in non-irrigated and late-planted soybeans. Gus Lorenz Extension entomologist; How am I going to control all of these weeds? Tom Barber, Extension weed scientist; Wheat straw management, and fertilizer/herbicide application in corn and grain sorghum. Jason Kelley, Extension wheat and feed grains agronomist; How am I going to farm this stretch of rice? Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist; and Farm Service Agency update. Robert Evans, FSA, Morrilton. For more information about the meeting, contact your Arkansas county Extension office.
June 9: Ag Pesticide Workshop, LSU AgCenter Macon Ridge Research Station, Winnsboro, La. For farmers and consultants to learn how to reduce off-target pesticide drift and to use new technologies. The program will start with registration at 7:30 a.m., with presentations from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Topics to be covered by LSU AgCenter experts include a history of herbicide technology, herbicide symptomology on different crops, herbicide resistance, tank cleaning, weather effects on pesticide applications, field demonstrations, drone technology, reading herbicide labels and pesticide recertification. A lunch will be served. Companies sponsoring the event include BASF, Dow and Monsanto, which are working with the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry to organize the presentations.
June 17: 2015 Northeast Research Station Pest Management and Crop Production Field Day, St. Joseph, La. Coffee and doughnuts at 8:30 a.m. Field tours begin at 9 a.m. Topics to be discussed by LSU AgCenter Research and Extension staff include: New Herbicide Technology; Thrip Management in Cotton and Sugarcane Aphid; Irrigation and Water Management; Field Crop Disease Management; Weed Management in Grain Sorghum; Integration of Cover Crops in Production Systems; Enhanced-efficiency nitrogen Fertilizers Under Heavy Rainfall Conditions; and Influence of Row Spacing on Yield of an Early-Maturing Grain Sorghum Hybrid. Pest management and crop production updates will be provided following the field tour. Sponsored lunch will be provided at noon. Contact Donnie Miller, resident coordinator, at (318) 766-4607 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information concerning the field day, or if you need an ADA accommodation for your participation.
June 30: Hay and Forage Field Day, MSU Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station, Newton, Miss. Producers can learn about production and management methods for hay and other forage crops. Experts with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will lead participants on a tour of the experiment station. Topics will include pasture weed control, sprayer calibration, current forage research, and hay production and management. The tour begins at 5 p.m. and concludes with a meal at 6:30 p.m. Admission is free, but preregistration is required by June 19. The station is located at 51 Coastal Plain Road in Newton. For more information or to sign up for the field day, contact Jenna Mosley at (601) 683-2084 or email@example.com.
July 7-11: 46th Annual LSU AgCenter 4-H and FFA State Horse Show, Burton Complex, Lake Charles, La. The purpose of the horse program is to provide young people opportunities to participate in a series of activities designed to improve citizenship, sportsmanship, horsemanship, character, competitive spirit, discipline and responsibility, said Dwayne Nunez, AgCenter horse show manager. The horse industry is an important part of Louisiana’s diversified agriculture, with the latest figures from the LSU AgCenter Ag Summary showing that the total impact of the industry to the state’s economy was about $2.45 billion in 2014. Contestants can participate in riding events in the western division, hunter division, speed division and ranch division. In addition, 4-H youth will compete in public speaking, demonstrations, quiz bowl and horse judging, which provide an opportunity for youth to develop skills in communication, analytical thinking, character building and equine sciences. The Gerry Lane Premier Exhibitor program is open to exhibitors in grades nine through 12 and includes a resume, test, judging, a skillathon and an interview. An awards banquet will be held at 6 p.m. on July 9. More information is available from Nunez at (225) 578-2255 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 23: Progeny Ag Field Day, Progeny Research Farm, Wynne, Ark. Registration begins at 8 a.m. First field tour of Progeny soybean and corn plots at 9 a.m. Equipment demonstrations, agricultural vendors. Lunch provided at noon. The Progeny Research Farm is 1.5 miles west of Wynne, Ark., on Highway 64 (on the left).