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: St. Landry Rice, Soybean and Cotton Tour, Charlie Fontenot Farms, Veazie Rd., Palmetto, La. Farm Tour: 8:30 a.m., Rice Research Station – Off Station Location; 9:15 a.m., Soybean Core Block Study; 9:30 a.m., Cotton Core Block Study; 9:45 a.m., Soybean Fungicides. Indoor Program: 10 a.m., Rice Diseases; 10:15 a.m., Rice Entomology; 10:30 a.m., Soybean Entomology; 11 a.m., Grain Market Update; 11:30 a.m., Irrigation Study. A sponsored lunch will be provided.

July 6: Mississippi Boll Weevil Management Corp. Annual Meeting and Mississippi Farm Bureau Summer Cotton Policy Meeting, Grenada County Extension Center, Grenada, Miss. Catfish lunch will be served.

July 7: University of Missouri Pest Day, Bradford Farm, Columbia, Mo. Crop problems, from resistant weeds to herbicide injury, top the topics. Kevin Bradley, MU Extension weed specialist, arranges wagon tours to show research plots, with speakers at each stop. Registration opens at 8 a.m. At 8:30 a.m., Bradley will tell the agenda for the day. Then the wagons roll. After lunch, individuals can take a guidebook and revisit the hundreds of weed management plots. Plots are mapped, with ID signs, for follow-up visits. Some stop topics include soybean seed treatment impact on early-season injury, combining pre-plant and residual herbicides with cover crops, and comparison of new herbicide-resistant soybean systems. The crew will go over recommended spraying methods. Managing resistant weeds are regular topics. For details, go to bradford.cafnr.org. For the Weed Science webpage, go to weedscience.missouri.edu. Advance registration is needed by June 30 for lunch and refreshments. The fee can be paid on arrival. To sign up, call the farm at (573) 884-7945 or email chismt@missouri.edu. Continuing education units for certified crop advisers are pending, Bradley said. Reach the farm at 4968 Rangeline Road, about 8 miles east of Columbia.

July 9-13: 47th Annual LSU AgCenter 4-H and FFA State Horse Show, Lamar Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales, La. The horse program provides young people opportunities to participate in a series of activities designed to improve citizenship, sportsmanship, horsemanship, character, competitive spirit, discipline and responsibility, AgCenter horse show manager Dwayne Nunez said. 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 science, Nunez said. 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 6:30 p.m. on July 11. More information is available from Nunez at (225) 578-2255 or dnunez@agcenter.lsu.edu.

July 12: Current Financial Situation for Missouri Agriculture, Miner Convention Center, Miner, Mo. 9 a.m. to noon with registration at 8:30 a.m. Joint effort of the University of Missouri Extension and the Missouri Department of Agriculture to information agricultural stakeholders on the current financial issues facing Missouri agriculture. The meeting will gather input on local financial issues facing and will provide an opportunity to discuss the effects of the current financial downturn on the local communities. Registration is free but to help in planning contact the Scott County Extension office at (573) 545-3516 or email David Reinbott at reinbottd@missouri.edu if you plan to attend or for more information.

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 20: Sugarcane Field Day, LSU AgCenter Research Station, St. Gabriel, La. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the station, with field tours starting at 9 a.m. An indoor program will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon. Topics to be covered during the field tours include sugarcane variety development, insect pest management, disease control, weed control and soybeans in a sugarcane rotation. 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) 642-0224 or pbollich@agcenter.lsu.edu.

July 21: University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Rohwer Field Day, Rohwer Research Station, Kelso, Ark. Registration is 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tours will begin at 5 p.m. and the evening will conclude with supper. This year’s focus is on pest management and fertility in soybeans and corn. Contact Larry Earnest at (870) 644-3101 for more information.

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. 2-3: Seed Tech 2016: From Bin to Bag, Bost Extension Center, Mississippi State University, Starkville, Miss. The seed technology short course for state row crop producers will cover techniques in seed cleaning, separating and sorting. There will also be equipment demonstrations and workshops focusing on testing, labeling, intellectual property, legal issues and litigation. The workshop will offer professional development credit. Commercial applicator recertification courses will be available for seed treatment or demonstration research. Lunch will be provided both days, along with a dinner on the first day. Registration costs $100 and begins Aug. 2 at 9:30 a.m. Participants are encouraged to preregister at http://www.seedtech.extension.msstate.edu. Additional information is available by calling Rhonda Kinard at (662) 325-3103. The preregistration web page also includes more information about the program and lodging. Twitter users can follow along with presentations and workshops at the short course by using the hashtag #MSUSeedTech. The event is sponsored by the MSU Extension Service, Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, and MSU Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine.

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.

Aug. 11: North Mississippi Research and Extension Center Agronomic Row Crops Field Day, Mississippi State University Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at Verona, Miss. 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Farmers and consultants can learn about the latest row crop research and the potential for using unmanned aircraft systems in crop production during a free field day program in Lee County, Miss. The field day program begins with registration at 8 a.m. at the Lee County Agri-Center Magnolia Conference Center on Highway 145 South in Verona. Field research plot tours will begin at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be available for attendees. This year’s field day featured speaker will be MSU President Mark Keenum. Educational and industry exhibits will provide a variety of information on several crops, including corn hybrids, cotton and soybeans. Attendees will also learn about irrigation, plant management and other agronomic row crop research. Certified crop advisers can earn continuing education credits at the event. For more information about the field day, contact Normie Buehring at (662) 322-7417 or norm.buehring@msstate.edu.

Oct. 14-15: Fall Flower and Garden Fest, Truck Crops Experiment Station, Crystal Springs, Miss. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, go to http://extension.msstate.edu/fallfest (new website). Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FFGFest.

2017

Jan. 25: 19th Annual Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference, Arkansas State University Convocation Center, Jonesboro, Ark. 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The ASWEC will once again feature an Irrigation Trade Show with vendors and displays. This conference will address the latest issues and trends in soil and water conservation. For more information, contact Chris Jones at (870) 972-2043 or chrisjones@astate.edu.

Jan. 26: Mississippi Rice Council Annual Membership Meeting, Bolivar County Extension Office, 406 North Martin Luther King Blvd, Cleveland, Miss. For more information contact Tina Manning at (662) 686-3356 or tmanning@deltacouncil.org.

Jan. 27: Arkansas Rice Council and Arkansas Rice Farmers Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grand Prairie Center, Stuttgart, Ark., opens with a trade show followed by the program. For more information contact Lauren Waldrip at (501) 375-1100 or lauren@noblestrat.com.

Feb. 7: Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association Annual Joint Membership Meeting, Grande Marais Center, 919 North Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, La. Opens with a trade show and reception at 4 p.m. followed by the program at 5:45 p.m. For more information, contact Randy Jemison at (337) 738-7009 or rjemison@usarice.com.

Feb. 8: Northeast Louisiana Rice Growers Association Rice Forum, Rayville Civic Center, Rayville, La. 9 a.m. For more information, contact Keith Collins, kcollins@agctr.lsu.edu.