July 30: MSU Rice Field Day/MFBF Rice Meeting, MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss. The Farm Bureau summer rice grower meeting will begin with lunch at noon in the Capps Center, followed by a program at 1 p.m. The Rice Field Day will begin at 3:30 p.m. with a field tour of research plots. Guest speakers for the meeting include Betsy Ward and Ben Mosley of the USA Rice Federation. Field day topics include emerging herbicide technologies, rice disease identification and management, insect management and the benefits of rice seed treatments, utilization and benefit of Side Inlet Max in Mississippi production systems, and a breeding program update and potential releases on the horizon. For more information on the Rice Field Day, contact Bobby Golden at 662-769-0274 or bgolden@drec.msstate.edu. For more on the Farm Bureau meeting, contact Justin Ferguson at 601-720-4238 or jferguson@msfb.org.

July 30: Rohwer Research Station Field Day, Kelso, Ark. Registration at 4 p.m.; program starts at 4:30 p.m.; tours depart at 5 p.m. Faculty and staff from the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture will present their latest information regarding grain sorghum, soybean and rice production practices. The field day will conclude with a catered meal. For more information visit http://aaes.uark.edu/serec.html or call (870) 644-3101. Contact Larry Earnest, Director: learnest@uark.edu, 140 Experiment Station Loop, Rohwer, AR 71666 (near Kelso).

Aug. 4-5: “Storing for Quality” Seed Technology Short Course, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University. Short course primarily for seed industry professionals, but information also will be useful for those who want to improve their commodity storage practices. University experts will address seed storage topics such as moisture, drying, aeration, harvest practices, post-harvest management, and maintaining quality in storage. Continuing education units and in-service credit will be available. Space is limited to 100 attendees. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn. The $40 registration fee includes breakfast, lunch, break,s and a dinner social. To register, visit http://techoutreach.msucares.com/seedtech. For more information, contact Rhonda Kinard at 662-325-3103 or e-mail rwkinard@ext.msstate.edu, or Kathy Johnson at 662-325-2701 or e-mail kjohnson@pss.msstate.edu.

Aug. 6: Soil Moisture Sensor Field Day, Coahoma County Extension Building in Clarksdale, Miss., at 503 East Second Street. Begins at 1:30 p.m. Jason Krutz, irrigation specialist with Mississippi State University, said farmers can learn about the advantages of using soil moisture sensors to determine when to irrigate. Participants can see the devices in action. Product demonstrations by manufacturers and distributors will showcase types of sensors, features and costs. Attendees who need more information, as well as manufacturers and distributors who would like to participate in sensor demonstrations, can contact Krutz at (662) 588-8974. The field day is sponsored by the MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Aug. 7: Arkansas AgExpo (Rice Field Day), University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center,
2900 Hwy. 130 East, Stuttgart, Ark. 
Contact: Chuck Wilson at (870) 673-2661 or cwilson@uaex.edu.

Aug. 18: Rice Tec Arkansas Field Day, 15329 Hwy. 1, Harrisburg, Ark. Contact: Brian Ottis at (573) 391-0366 or bottis@ricetec.com.

Aug. 20: Arkansas Horizon Ag Field Day, Mark Wimpy Farms, 2027 CR441, Jonesboro, Ark. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and tour begins at 9:30 a.m. Contact: Tim Walker, twalker@horizonseed.com.

Aug. 24: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch, Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Speaker will be Tyson Raper, UT Extension cotton & small grains specialist. His topic will be the “Future of Cotton in the Mid-South.” The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at hillary@progenyag.com.

Sept. 2: Missouri Rice Field Day, Jake Fisher Delta Research Center, Portageville, Mo. Contact: Tina Clark at (573) 379-5431 or clarktr@missouri.edu.

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.

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.


March 3-5: 2016 Commodity Classic, New Orleans. Commodity Classic is the annual trade show and convention of the American Soybean Association, National Corn Growers Association, National Association of Wheat Growers and National Sorghum Producers. In 2016, Commodity Classic welcomes the Association of Equipment Manufacturers as an affiliate of the event.