Missouri Rice Field Day to Offer Growers Updates on Markets, Crop Management, Global Testing

Rice — including market acceptance, varieties for this region, and research and production in southeast Missouri — will be the focus at the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council’s Annual Rice Field Day Aug. 24 at the Missouri Rice Research Farm in Glennonville, Missouri.

Anyone with an interest in rice production is invited to this free event. The farm is located about 10 miles west of Malden, Missouri, on Highway J in northern Dunklin County.

The day begins with registration at 7:30 a.m.  Trailers will load at 8 a.m., with presentation tours scheduled for 8:30-11:30 a.m. Lunch will follow.

Featured lunch presentations will be given by Greg Yielding with the U.S. Rice Producers Association, who will give a U.S. Rice Producers Association update, and Eric Hover who will present a Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council update.

Various field presentations to be discussed during the tours, including row rice and market acceptance, mid-season using sensors, rice varieties for Missouri, rice straw management, weed control, rice markets and farm program payments, irrigation scheduling of row rice with a crop water use application, managing rice to reduce chalkiness in grain, rice diseases, and global agricultural testing of rice products.

Speakers will include Dr. Michael Aide, soil scientist with the Southeast Department of Agriculture; Samuel Atwell of the University of Missouri Extension Service; Anserd Foster of Kansas State University; Dr. Christian De Guzman, rice breeder with the Southeast Department of Agriculture; David Dunn of the University of Missouri Soil Testing Laboratory; James Heiser with University of Missouri Weed Science; David Reinbott, agriculture business program with the University of Missouri Extension, Southeast Region; Matthew Rhine, University of Missouri agronomy professor; Dr. Gene Stevens from the University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center; Yeshi Wamishe, University of Arkansas plant pathology; and Ken Cote of Intertek Ag Services.

The Missouri Rice Council will host the Missouri Rice Research Station Annual Field Day with support from Southeast Missouri State University, University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center and University of Missouri Extension.

For more information, contact the Southeast Department of Agriculture at (573) 651-2106.