July 19: Showcase of Dow’s Loyant rice herbicide technology, Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Ark. Event begins at 4 p.m. and will conclude with supper beginning at 6 p.m. Tours will be led by Jason Norsworthy, University of Arkansas weed scientist. Loyant launch is expected in 2018 so this is a good opportunity for growers to ask experts questions and see the technology in advance. Don’t forget your rice boots! Register at www.cvent.com/d/kfq6jh/4W. For more information, contact Darla Huff at (317) 337-5105 or dbhuff@dow.com or Jason Norsworthy at (479) 313-1265 or jnorswor@uark.edu.

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 orpbollich@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 21: Arkansas Beef Council Meeting, Farm Bureau Center, Little Rock, Ark. 10 a.m. Primary agenda topics will include: a review of year-end financials, updates on recent activities and finalizing the FY 2017 budget. If you have questions concerning these arrangements, please contact: Travis Justice at (501) 228-1211 or Travis.Justice@arfb.com.

July 21-22; Agritourism Marketing Workshop: Growing Your Brand - Marketing Tools for Mississippi Agritourism and Local Foods, Graduate Hotel in Oxford, Miss. Will feature workshops on the importance of agritourism in educating the public about state agriculture and offer emerging strategies professionals can use to increase visitor traffic and grow their businesses. Featured speakers will include Judith Phillips, research associate with the MSU Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development; Brent Thompson, field representative for U.S. Representative Trent Kelly; Daniel Doyle, executive director of the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network; and Tami Reist, president and CEO of Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association. Producers who complete the workshop will have the option to work with an advertising professional to make improvements to their individual marketing plans later in the year. The event will be held in conjunction with the Mississippi Agritourism Association’s annual meeting. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. on July 21, but participants are encouraged to preregister by emailing Katie Robinson of the Mississippi Agritourism Association at lkatherineeaton@hotmail.com. The workshop costs $50. For more information, visit http://gcd.msucares.com/register.

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: Arkansas Wheat Promotion Board Meeting, Gene’s BBQ, Brinkley, Ark. The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. and should conclude by 2 p.m.

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. 3: RiceTec Arkansas Field Day, RiceTec Business Center, 15329 Hwy 1, Harrisburg, Ark. 6:30 a.m. Registration opens at 6:30 a.m. Farm tours begin at 7 a.m. Program and meal service begin at 10:15 a.m.

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.

Aug. 12-13, 19-20, 25-26: Deer Management Workshops, Mississippi State University Extension Service. For hunters, land managers and forestry professionals interested in learning more about white-tailed deer management. The first workshop will be in Natchez on Aug. 12 and 13 at the Natchez Grand Hotel and Suites Natchez, Miss. The second workshop will be in Verona on Aug. 19 and 20 at the Northeast Mississippi Branch Experiment Station, Verona, Miss. The final workshop will be in Newton, Miss., on Aug. 25 and 26 at the Coastal Plain Branch Experiment Station. The registration fee is $100 for the full conference or $50 per day. Lunch and workshop materials will be provided. Registration for all workshops begins at 8:30 a.m. Each program will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Speakers will cover a wide variety of topics, including deer diseases, habitats, predators and reproduction. Participants will also learn about the best selective harvest strategies for bucks and does, as well as the latest research being conducted at the MSU Deer Lab. Forestry continuing education credits will be available for workshop participants. The workshops are sponsored by the MSU Extension Service, MSU College of Forest Resources, and Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks. To register, visit http://www.cfr.msstate.edu/workshops/deer2016. Preregistration is required. For more information about the workshops, contact Jessica Rahim at (662) 325-3113 or jms4@msstate.edu, or Leigh Ann Phelps at (662) 325-3174 or lap431@msstate.edu.

Aug. 18: University of Arkansas 2016 Soybean College, Newport Research Station, Newport, Ark. The college will kick off at 8 a.m. and end at 5 p.m. Participants must register prior to the college with a cutoff of 200 attendees. Cost to attend is $75. Register online at http://bit.ly/2016ArkSoyCollege. The college will display and discuss current research featuring presentations from university and industry personnel. Attendees will have the opportunity to take part in hands-on demonstrations. Lunch will provided and CEU credits are available. For more information, call Jeremy Ross at (501) 944-0621 or email jross@uaex.edu.

Aug. 31: Sweet Potato Field Day, LSU AgCenter Sweet Potato Research Station, Chase, La. Registration will be at 8 a.m., with the program beginning at 8:45 a.m. Topics will include weed management, nematode control, insect problems, feral hog control, breeding for early maturity, worker protection regulations and the foundation seed program. A variety of field equipment will be shown, along with the demonstration of an irrigation surge valve. The station is located on La. Highway 15 south of Winnsboro, La.

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.

Oct. 20: LSU AgCenter’s Fourth Annual Dean Lee Research Station Beef Cattle & Forage Field Day, Alexandria, La. Cattle and forage producers, industry representatives, and anyone interested in livestock production are invited to attend. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. at the State Emergency Shelter off Hwy 71 South. There will be a short field tour as well an indoor program and the field day will conclude with a sponsored meal. Louisiana Master Farmer Program Phase 2 and CEU credits will be given, in addition to Certified Crop Advisor CEUs for attending. For more information, contact Glen Gentry at (225) 683-5848 or ggentry@agcenter.lsu.edu.

Nov. 1-2: Louisiana Ag Industries Association Annual Convention, Wyndham Gardens Hotel, Lafayette, La. Representatives from the seed, chemical, fertilizer, grain, and feed industries will hear presentations on grain and feed markets, industry updates, as well as other timely, market-driven information that affects Louisiana industries, processors, and producers. The format will include two half-day business sessions, beginning at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, followed by a luncheon, skeet shoot and a golf tournament for those wanting to participate. The meeting will conclude at noon on Wednesday, Nov. 2. Registration will be $125 for current members and $175 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) 613-9278 for more information.

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.