ALEXANDRIA, La. — The third annual LSU AgCenter Rapides Parish/Dean Lee Research Station Crop Field Day is slated to start at 3 p.m., Aug. 26, at the Dean Lee Research Station south of Alexandria.

The field day will feature concurrent tours of fields where LSU AgCenter research is being conducted — one focusing on cotton research and another on feed grain studies.

Presentations on cotton defoliation by LSU AgCenter cotton specialist Sandy Stewart and on feed grain variety developments and the soybean verification program by feed grain specialist David Lanclos will be included on both tours.

In addition, the cotton tour will include talks on plant population and Pix research by Stewart and graduate student Jonathan Siebert, on cotton varieties and late-season insect management by Stewart and entomologist Ralph Bagwell. Cotton weed control with herbicides and their development will be discussed by Roy Vidrine, LSU AgCenter weed scientist and resident coordinator of the Dean Lee Research Station, and research associate Derek Scroggs.

The feed grain tour also will include discussions on double-cropping wheat and soybeans by Lanclos, weed control and herbicide development by Vidrine, and corn and soybean breeding programs to develop improved varieties by LSU AgCenter plant breeder Steve Moore.

The two groups will reconvene at 6 p.m. for dinner and general presentations by David Boethel, LSU AgCenter vice chancellor for research. John Andries, director of the Louisiana boll weevil eradication program with the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, who will give a progress report boll weevil eradication efforts. Donna Morgan with the LSU AgCenter’s Master Farmer Program will give an update on the environmental program being developed in the state.

The field day is open to anyone interested in learning about the latest developments in the cotton, soybean and grain crop production.

The Dean Lee Research Station is located adjacent to the LSU-Alexandria campus off U.S. Highway 71 south of Alexandria.

For more information on the field day, contact Sandy Stewart at 318-473-6522 or sstewart@agcenter.lsu.edu, or Matt Martin at 318-473-6605 or mmartin@agcenter.lsu.edu. A program can be downloaded at www.lsuagcenter.com/parish/rapides and click on Crop Field Day Info.

John Chaney writes for the LSU AgCenter. (318–473–6605 or jchaney@agcenter.lsu.edu).