To list your organization’s special event in the Delta Farm Press Calendar of Events, e-mail details, including contact person, phone number, etc., to: Ed Phillips, firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 2: Southwest Arkansas Flood Recovery Meeting, Ag Learning Center at the Four States Fairground, 3700 East 50th Street, Texarkana, Ark. Crop and livestock experts from the Extension services in Arkansas and Texas will be on the agenda to help provide flood recovery tactics for farmers and ranchers in the Red River basin. There is no cost to attend and attendees are asked to RSVP by the close of business on July 1 for a headcount for dinner. Call (870) 779-3609, text (903) 293-2097, or e-mail email@example.com. The meeting runs from 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
July 7, 15, 16: Mississippi Row Crop Field Days: New and Developing Weed and Insect Control Technologies. July 7: Douglas and Chris Hood Farms in Dundee, Miss. July 15: MSU Black Belt Branch Experiment Station in Brooksville, Miss. (2 miles northeast of Brooksville and 20 miles south of Columbus on Highway 45). July 16: MSU Rodney Foil Plant Science Research Center, also called North Farm, on the Starkville campus. New Roundup Ready and Xtend platforms will be highlighted during the Starkville field day, and Enlist technologies will be discussed during the Dundee and Brooksville events. Spray tank contamination, off-target herbicide movement and crop tolerance to herbicide programs will be discussed at various locations. All field dates are subject to change, depending on the weather. Certified crop advisors can earn continuing education units at all three events. For more information, contact Darrin Dodds, Mississippi cotton specialist, at (662) 418-1024.
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 8: UAV Conference, Crowley Extension Office, 157 Cherokee Drive, Crowley, La. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Topics: FAA guidelines, safety/flight procedures, types of aerial platforms, various software relative to creating orthomosaics and rectification of images, data analytics and an actual flight demonstration.
July 9: LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center Row Crop Field Day, Alexandria, La. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the State Evacuation Shelter on U.S. Highway 71. Tours will follow beginning at 8:45 a.m. An indoor program with updates from AgCenter administrators will begin at 11:20 a.m. and conclude with lunch at noon. Daniel Stephenson, AgCenter weed scientist, said field tour topics will include disease, weed and insect pest management; cotton and corn agronomy research; integration of cover crops; soybean seeding rates; and potential uses of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, in agriculture. The Dean Lee Research and Extension Center is located off U.S. Highway 71 near LSU of Alexandria. For more information, contact Stephenson at (318) 473-6590 or DStephenson@agcenter.lsu.edu.
July 9: Mississippi State University Extension Service “Turn-Row Talk” for Coahoma County, Heaton Farms at the intersection of Highway 6 and Highway 61. Begins at 10:00 a.m. Attendees will hear crop updates from Mississippi State University Extension Service Specialists. Lunch will be provided. Contact Don Respess, Coahoma County Extension ag agent, for more details at (662) 624-3070 or email@example.com.
July 14: UT Soybean Scout School, Draughon Brothers S&T Farm (GPS: 36.55527, -86.80444), Robertson County, Hwy 49 east of Springfield, Tenn. 9:30 a.m. 2- to 2.5-hour, field-side program about the nuts and bolts of soybean growth and pest management. Sponsored in part by the Tennessee Soybean Promotion Board. Scouting notebooks and sweep nets will be provided to participants while supplies last.
July 15: LSU AgCenter Sugar Research Station 33rd Annual Sugarcane Field Day. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the station, with field tours beginning at 9 a.m. An indoor program begins at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Topics to be covered during the field tours include sugarcane variety development, sugarcane insect pest management, a discussion of 8-foot rows, billet planting, nitrogen loss in sugarcane production and sugarcane weed control. Speakers for the indoor program include Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture and dean of the College of Agriculture; Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor for plant and soil programs; Mike Strain, commissioner of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Jim Simon, general manager for the American Sugar Cane League; and Glen Gentry, interim resident coordinator for the LSU AgCenter Bob R. Jones Idlewild Research Station in Clinton, who will discuss managing feral hogs. The Sugar Research Station is located on Highway 30, 11 miles south of Tiger Stadium on the LSU campus. For more information, contact Pat Bollich, resident director of the Sugar Research Station, at (225) 765-2876 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 16: Soil Moisture Sensor Field Day, MSU Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville, Miss. The center is located at 82 Stoneville Road. 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.
July 17: Ag Leader Technology Field Day: Where Technology Meets Dirt Road Tour, Clarksdale, Miss. The event is aimed at helping growers learn the latest in precision farming technology directly from the field. “From our experience, growers retain more, and are more comfortable interacting with the technology directly from the field, said Heath. “When we begin to show precision farming tools in action, tie them to agronomic benefits and explain how they produce a very rapid return on investment, the adoption of the technology becomes a simple decision,” said Justin Heath, Ag Leader eastern region sales manager. To learn more about Ag Leader-hosted events, visit http://www.techmeetsdirt.com, or talk to your local Ag Leader dealer about details.
July 17: Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production Farm Field Day, near Goodman, Miss. Farmers can learn about the relationship between risk management and insurance during the field day. Participants also will receive training in legal and contractual issues. The National Center for Appropriate Technology Gulf States Office and the University of Mississippi Transactional Law Clinic will team up to deliver these sessions. Scientists with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program, Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and other organizations will discuss how to become highly profitable and sustainable on a small family farm. Attendees can discuss plans to expand field days statewide beginning in August to help better support local farmers and gardeners. The field day begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m. Attendance is free, but preregistration is required. Lunch and materials will be provided. To register for the field day or for more information, contact Keith Benson at (601) 988-4999 or email@example.com. The Alliance for Sustainable Agricultural Production is located in Holmes County between Goodman and Durant. It is 1 mile southwest of Highway 51 at 1184 Coleman Road. The MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Alcorn State University Extension Program and University of Mississippi Transactional Legal Clinic produce the series. The Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce and U.S. Department of Agriculture Specialty Crop Grant Program fund it.
July 17-18: Northeast Arkansas Farm Toy Show, Hilton Garden Inn, Jonesboro, Ark. 6 to 9 p.m. on July 17 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on July 18. For more information, call (806) 679-3455.
July 22: Webinar on Rice Outlook: Update U.S. Area Estimates and the 2015-16 U.S. and Global Rice Market Outlook (University of Arkansas). 2 p.m. CST. Nathan Childs, agricultural economist, USDA Economic Research Service. Registration Link: http://bit.ly/RiceWeb.
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).
July 27: Memphis Ag Club Meeting & Lunch at the Agricenter International C Wing, Memphis, Tenn. Noon. Jake Lay, director for the Agriculture Outbound Program, will speak about the International Ag Training and Internship program which provides opportunities for college students to receive experience in primarily Australia and New Zealand. The cost to attend is $10 for the lunch. For more information, contact Hillary Spain at firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 27-30: Tennessee Agricultural Production Association Annual Meeting and Agronomic Workshop, Murfreesboro, Tenn.
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.
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.