May 31: Feral Hog Meeting, LSU AgCenter Dean Lee Research and Extension Center DeWitt Livestock Facility, Hwy 71 south of the LSU-Alexandria campus in Alexandria, La. 1 to 3 p.m. The informational meeting will provide updates on the latest research and regulations that are being implemented. “Some of the topics to be covered at this meeting include current control methods, trapping programs, current research efforts, economic impacts and new regulations concerning holding facilities and transporters,” LSU AgCenter area agent Donna Morgan said. For more information on the meeting, contact Morgan at (318) 613-9278.

May 31-June 2: Annual Rice Market & Technology Convention, Royal Sonest Hotel in Galleria, Houston, Texas. The program includes world class economists, scientists and other industry members. In addition, RMTC hosts breakout sessions, workshops and other case studies, in which all conference delegates have a chance to engage in conversation with these world renowned experts. Keynote speakers this year include Michael T. Scuse, deputy secretary for USDA’s Farm and Foreign Agricultural Services, presenting “What is the Future of Ag Politics in the U.S.?” Dr. Robert S. Zeigler, director general and chief executive officer of International Rice Research Institute will present “How Science is Saving the World?” Attendees can take advantage of the Post-Harvest Seminar presented by Mega Dryers and Ag Growth International as well as a tour of Louisiana rice country. Visit the convention website at www.RiceMTConvention.com for details including agenda, sponsors, exhibitors and registration information. For questions, call (713) 974-7423 or email at veronica@usriceproducers.com.

June 9: LSU AgCenter Evangeline Parish Rice and Soybean Field Day will start at 8 a.m. at research plots on land farmed by Kenneth LaHaye west of Mamou. From La. 10, drive 4.4 miles west on Bieber Road, then turn right on Daugeraux Road and drive for a half mile, then turn left at a water well onto a field road. The next stop will be at the Kody Bieber Farm on Bieber Road.

June 13-16: AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bloomington, Minn. Provides valuable insights and networking for anyone seeking to expand eBusiness in agriculture. The working meeting provides multiple networking opportunities, as well as many open working group sessions where teams discuss ways to advance their collaborative eBusiness initiatives. Registration for the Mid-Year Meeting is $125. More information is available on AgGateway’s Mid-Year Meeting webpage at www.AgGateway.org.

June 15: LSU AgCenter Acadia Parish Rice and Soybean Field Day will be at the South Farm of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley starting at 8:30 a.m.

June 15: LSU AgCenter Agronomic and Water Resources Field Day, Red River Research Station in Bossier City, La.  Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m., with field tours following at 9 a.m.  AgCenter research and Extension personnel will give presentations on the following topics: Biological control of giant salvinia using salvinia weevils; Using soil moisture sensors in row crop irrigation; Recent changes to the National Resources Conservation Services’ Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP); The value of irrigation data in making profitable decisions;  Alternate row irrigation; Soybean breeding; Nutrient losses from cotton fields amended with poultry litter. A sponsored lunch will be served at noon. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Donna Haynes at (318) 741-7430 ext. 1107 or DHaynes@agcenter.lsu.edu. The Red River Research Station is located at 262 Research Station Drive off Hwy. 71 in Bossier City.

June 16: LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station Annual Crop Production and Pest Management Field Day in St. Joseph, La. Registration and refreshments will begin at 8:30 a.m. Field tours will follow at 9 a.m. AgCenter research and Extension personnel will talk to attendees about the following topics: how herbicide and water volume affect weed control efficacy; new herbicide technologies; cotton pest management; sugarcane aphid management; field crop pathology research; using soil moisture sensors and surge valves in row crop irrigation; irrigation water quality testing; and using winter wheat filter strips to reduce runoff. A sponsored lunch will be provided after the program. The Northeast Research Station is located at 4589 Hwy. 605 in St. Joseph. For more information, contact resident coordinator Donnie Miller at (318) 766-4607 or email DMiller@agcenter.lsu.edu.

June 22: University of Tennessee Weed Tour, West Tennessee Research & Education Center, Jackson, Tenn. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. and the tour will begin at 9 a.m. It will end about 11:30 a.m. Breakfast biscuits will be available before the tour starts. The guided tour will cover 60 weed management research tests in corn, soybean and cotton. Most of the research shown will be on management of glyphosate-resistant horseweed and Palmer amaranth. Management of these weeds in Liberty, glyphosate, Xtend and Enlist weed control systems along with some of the new herbicide technology traits on the horizon in cotton and soybeans will be highlighted. Some strategies to manage the increasing problem with glyphosate-resistant grass species as well as glyphosate/PPO resistant Palmer amaranth will be discussed. Cultural weed control practices and many of the newer premixes in corn and soybean will be demonstrated. UT personnel will lead the tour and be available for consultation as well as discussion of issues and product performance.

June 28: Horizon Ag Field Day, Richard Farms in Kaplan, La. Registration is at 4:30 p.m. followed by crop tour at 5 p.m., then dinner. Report on the Horizon Ag’s latest research with best management practices and showcase new high-yielding, high-quality Clearfield rice lines. BASF personnel will also be on hand to discuss preliminary launch plans for Provisia rice, which will be available in 2018.

June 29: LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Annual Field Day, Crowley, La. Susan McCouch of the Cornell University Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics will talk about the potential for advances in rice breeding. McCouch developed the first molecular map of the rice genome in 1988. She also has conducted extensive studies of rice to help breeders identify genetic markers for rice traits including disease resistance, maturity, yields and drought tolerance. Jackie Loewer, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board, will give an update on the board’s projects. AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto will provide details on the rice market, and Jimmy Guinn of USA Rice will talk about the key long-grain rice markets. Ronnie Anderson, Louisiana Farm Bureau president, will talk about Farm Bureau activities, followed by comments from LSU vice president for agriculture Bill Richardson and LSU AgCenter associate vice president Rogers Leonard. The day will begin with field tours from 7:15 a.m. until 9 a.m. Speakers will discuss their latest research on rice breeding, weed control, insect and disease management, hybrid development and agronomy. More research will be presented at a poster session until 10:30 a.m., and the indoor program begins at 10:45 a.m.

July 6: Rice and Soybean Field Day for St. Landry Parish, La., will be held at the Charlie Fontenot farm near Palmetto at 8 a.m. Signs to the field day location will be posted starting at Veazey Road in Palmetto off La. 10.

July 13: LSU AgCenter Northeast Louisiana Rice Field Day will be held at the farm of Vic Jordan near Oak Ridge, La., starting at 9 a.m. Drive east from Oak Ridge on La. 134 for 2.5 miles, the turn south on Tower Drive, which ends at the location. After the field tour, the event will continue at the Rayville Civic Center at noon with lunch.

July 21: Progeny Ag Products Field Day, Research Farm on Hwy 64 in Wynne, Ark. Registration begins at 8 a.m., with the first crop tour beginning at 9 a.m. Lunch will be provided. For more information, contact hillary@progenyag.com.

July 28: 29th Milan No-Till Crop Production Field Day and Crop Variety Demonstrations, North Tract of University of Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Milan, Tenn. 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information: (731) 686-3558, recatmilan@utk.edu or milan.tennessee.edu.

Aug. 4: Horizon Ag Field Day, Wimpy Farms in Jonesboro, Ark. Registration is at 9 a.m., followed by crop tour at 9:30 a.m., then lunch. Report on the Horizon Ag’s latest research with best management practices and showcase new high-yielding, high-quality Clearfield rice lines. BASF personnel will also be on hand to discuss preliminary launch plans for Provisia rice, which will be available in 2018.