Aug. 29: 2015 Muscadine Field Day, Mississippi State University McNeill Research Unit in Pearl River County, Miss. Visitors will see fruit on the vine at the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service cultivar trial vineyard. Speakers will address timely topics related to muscadine vines. Each year, more than 100 growers from Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama and Florida attend this educational event. Speakers from MSU and USDA-ARS will address cultivars, insects and diseases, best production practices and more. There is no cost to attend, and registration begins at 8:30 a.m. The program runs from 9 to 11 a.m. The McNeill Research Unit is located at 7 Ben Gill Road in Carriere, Miss. Contact MSU Extension Service fruit crop specialist Eric Stafne, (601) 403-8939 or eric.stafne@msstate.edu, for more information.

Sept. 2: Field Day 2015, Lee Farm, Junction T & TT, Portageville, Mo. Tours begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch provided. Cotton and Weed Science Tour: Official Cotton Variety Trials, Andrea Jones; Understanding Challenges of New Herbicide Technologies, Jim Heiser; Stewardship of Water & Fertilizer in Irrigated Cotton, Earl Vories. Soybean Tour: Showcasing Future Soybean Options for Delta Growers, Grover Shannon; Developing Conventional Soybeans for Missouri Farmers, Andrew Scaboo. Rice Tour: Rice Variety Trials & Factors Impacting Chalkiness in Rice, Matt Rhine; Positive Impacts of Proper Potash Management in Rice, David Dunn. Corn and Pollinator Tour: Impacting Yield through Variable Rate Seed, Fertilizer, & Irrigation Regimes, Gene Stevens; Managing Your Irrigation Needs Using a Smartphone App, Gene Stevens; Reinvigorating the Missouri Bee Population through the Missouri Pollinator Conservancy Program, Moneen Jones & Bob Walters. Directions: Take I-55 to Portageville (Exit 32). Continue into Portageville on Hwy. 162 and turn left onto Hwy. T (first four-way stop sign). Turn left on to TT and continue for 5 miles.

Sept. 2: Cotton Tour Field Day, West Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Jackson, Tenn. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. Field tours begin at 9 a.m. and include multiple presentations. The event concludes at noon with a complimentary lunch. Sessions will include updates on cotton variety performance; weed and insect management recommendations; information on cotton irrigation and cover crops, and an in-depth look into managing target spot with fungicides and timing of spray applications. The tour also includes a presentation on the potential uses of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in agriculture, as well as an update on UAV regulations. There is no cost to attend Cotton Tour. Pesticide recertification points will be available in C1, C4 and C10. A complete program will be posted online at http://west.tennessee.edu and http://utcrops.com.

Sept. 10: Cotton and Soybean Field Day (Fayette and Hardemon Extension), Ames Plantation, Grand Junction, Tenn. Begins at 8 a.m. with registration. Dr. Tyson Raper, the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture cotton and small grains specialist, will conduct the cotton portion for the morning, discussing the efficiency of application methods, rates and timing of nitrogen, potassium, and sulfur to cotton. He will also discuss differences in the 23 varieties in the cotton county standardized test. The soybean portion of the morning will be conducted by Ryan Blair, University of Tennessee Extension area grains & cotton specialist. Blair will review the 26 different varieties in the university’s late four-county standardized test for 2015. The tours will depart Bryan Hall, 3890 Buford Ellington Road, at 8:20 a.m. There will be two tour cycles with the cotton and soybean portions lasting approximately an hour each. For more information, contact Jeff Via at the UT Fayette County Extension office, (901) 465-5233 or jvia@utk.edu, or Lindsay Griffin at the UT/TSU Hardeman County Extension Office, (731) 658-2421 or lgriff25@utk.edu.

Sept. 12: 23rd Annual Antique Tractor and Engine Show, Plantation Agriculture Museum State Park, 4815 Hwy 161 South, Scott, Ark. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Museum invites all pre-1960s tractor exhibitors, tractor owners and spectators. Antique tractor and engine enthusiasts will be on hand to talk about their equipment and answer questions. No charge for exhibitors or visitors. Lydia Leatherwood, Park Interpreter, (501) 961-1409 or plantationagrimuseum@arkansas.gov. www.ArkansasStateParks.com/plantationagriculturemuseum/events/.

Sept. 14-16: Seventh Annual Ag Innovation Showcase: Cutting-Edge Ag Tech Solutions for Today’s Climate-Change Realities, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, 975 N. Warson Rd, St. Louis, Mo. Global conference will focus on renewable/sustainable, biological and precision agriculture and farming innovations. Renewables and sustainables; Biological solutions; Farming innovations; and Precision agriculture. www.agshowcase.com/. Presenting company information: http://www.agshowcase.com/agenda/presenting-companies. Showcase organizers: Larta Institute, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and BRDG Park at the Danforth Center.

Sept. 17: Northeast Louisiana Beef and Forage Field Day, Goldmine Plantation, 188 Cummins Road, Mangham, La. Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with the program from 9 a.m. to noon and lunch will be provided. Topics will include body condition scoring, nutrient removal by hay, pasture weed control, value of hay quality, economics of marketing opportunities and aerial drone demonstration and applications. For more information contact Jim McCann at (318) 649-2663, Keith Collins at (318) 728-3216, Jason Holmes at (318) 368-9935 or Wink Alison at (318) 435-2903.

Sept. 18: Delta Rice Testing Luncheon, Walter Sillers Coliseum, Delta State University, Cleveland, Miss. 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsored by Delta Rice Promotions. Enjoy dishes showcasing the versatility of U.S. rice.  Tickets are $5 and can be purchased from the Bolivar County Extension Service by calling (662) 843-8371. Tickets also available at the door.

Sept. 28: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Speaker will be Allyson Perry with the Center of Food Integrity. Having grown up on a farm, Perry is very passionate about building trust in the food system. Cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Oct. 8: Dean Lee Beef Cattle & Forage Field Day, State Emergency Evacuation Shelter, Hwy 71 N, Alexandria, La. Registration: 2:30 p.m. Field Tour: Nutrient runoff from winter pastures; Utilizing different planting methods of winter forages; Body condition scoring; Cellular traps for feral hogs; Armyworm control and bermuda stem maggot; Pasture weed control with non-2,4-D herbicides; and Standing forages & winter supplementation. Indoor program: Grazing management for beef producers; Louisiana Master Cattlemen graduation; and Louisiana Cattlemen’s Association update. Sponsored meal will be served. Organized by Donna Morgan, Jeff Gurie and Rodney Johnson: (318) 427-4424.

Oct. 15-17: Mississippi Agricultural Economics Association 41st Annual Meeting, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. Oct. 15: Golf and social. Oct. 16: Annual meeting. Oct. 17: CALS breakfast and game (Louisiana Tech). Registration details at http://www.agecon.msstate.edu.

Oct. 16-17: Fall Flower & Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information: http://msucares.com/fallfest. Free and open to the public.

Oct. 17: Antique Tractor Show, Paul Love Park, Glen Allan, Miss. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tractor Rodeo at 1 p.m. Tractor Parade at 2 p.m. Rides, face painting, food vendors, arts and crafts. Free admission. Show is organized by the Lake Washington Old Tractor Club. Between 50 and 60 old tractors displayed, along with old cars, trucks and farm equipment. For more information call (662) 822-8520, (662) 822-8500 or (662) 873-1356.

Nov. 9-10: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Convention, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Baton Rouge, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on fertilizer markets, industry updates, new technologies, and market-driven information that affects Louisiana industries, processors, and producers. The format will include a day and a half of business sessions, beginning at 1 p.m., Nov. 9, followed by an evening reception. On Nov. 10, the convention will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Attendance at the entire meeting will qualify for CCA credits, as well as RUP Salesmen re-certification. Registration will be $125 for current members and $150 for non-members. All agricultural industry, university, state and federal agency, and crop consultants are encouraged and invited to attend. Contact Donna Morgan at dsmorgan1@suddenlink.net or (318) 229-9955 for more information.

Nov. 12: Acre of Hope Dinner and Silent Auction, Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas, 3414 One Place, Jonesboro, Ark. 6 to 9 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to pledge an acre of crops to the Food Bank. Silent auction of ag supplies and services. Tickets are $25 each. Contact the Food Bank of NEA at (870) 932-3663 ext. 106.