Rice Research Developments to be Highlighted at Field Day

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Aug. 10, 2010 – Recent developments in rice research and other agriculture topics will be presented at the 20th Annual Missouri Rice Research Farm Field Day planned for Aug. 26 at Southeast Missouri State University’s Rice Farm west of Malden, Mo.

Events are free and are scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon, with lunch to be served at noon. The farm is located on Highway J, two miles east of the Highway 53 junction and eight miles west of Malden.

The day will provide rice growers the opportunity to see and learn about rice variety developments, disease management, insects, weed control, water quality, rice drying and storage on the farm, market outlook and policy, Missouri Rice Council activities, and opportunities in agriculture education and the agribusiness degree program at the Harry L. Crisp Bootheel Education Center (CBEC).

Missouri Rice Research Farm Field Day is sponsored by Southeast Missouri State University and the Missouri Rice Council.

Dr. Rick Hux, director of Southeast Missouri State University’s Malden campus, said the day’s events also serve as an Agriculture Education Rice Field Day for area high school juniors and seniors participating in FFA and their advisors. He says the day is designed to encourage them to learn about the new four-year degree in agri-business with a plant and soils option now available at the CBEC.

“We are now in our second year of implementing a four-year degree in agri-business with a plant and soils option here at the CBEC,” he said. “Our first class of students began last fall.”

Hux said last year’s Rice Field Day attracted more than 225 people, including rice producers, agriculture industry representatives, state and local government officials, area high school agriculture students and representatives from the University of Missouri and Southeast Missouri State University.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for those who are interested to come out and learn about the latest advances in rice research,” Hux said. “It also gives our high school students the chance to learn about our four-year degree in agri-business offered here in Malden.”