University of Missouri Extension is hosting the 2006 Missouri Rice Farm Field Day Aug. 23 at the Missouri Rice Research and Demonstration Farm, near Glennonville, Mo. The location is near State Route J in northern Dunklin County, about 8 miles west of Malden and 2 miles east of Glennonville.

The field day runs from 8 a.m. until lunch and is free and open to the public.

There will be a dozen presentations by experts from the University of Missouri-Columbia, Southeast Missouri State University, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services, the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council, and the U.S. Rice Producers Association.

Subjects covered will include: rice weed control by Andy Kendig of the MU Delta Research Center; a rice variety update by Donn Beighley of Southeast Missouri State University; bird control research by Robert Byrd of the USDA; Asian soybean rust by Allen Wrather of the Delta Research Center; developing overseas markets for rice by Dwight Roberts and Greg Yielding, both of the U.S. Rice Producers Association; and how to use research from fields and small plots on your farm by David Dunn of the Delta Research Center.

The field day is sponsored by the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council, MU Extension, MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Southeast Missouri State University and more than 20 businesses.

The Missouri Rice Research and Demonstration Farm is a facility of the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council where trials are done by researchers from MU, Southeast Missouri State University, the USDA and others.

For more information, contact Bruce Beck, MU Extension agronomy specialist, at (573) 686-8064.

e-mail: dbennett@farmpress.com