Technology, Research to be Showcased Aug. 21 at Rice Field Day

Row Rice at Research FarmGLENNONVILLE, Mo., Aug. 8, 2014 – Advancements in agricultural technology and rice research will be highlighted at the Rice Field Day, hosted by the Missouri Rice Council in cooperation with Southeast Missouri State University and the University of Missouri, Thursday, Aug. 21 at the Missouri Rice Research Farm.

The Rice Research Farm is located on Highway J 10 miles west of Malden, Mo., in northern Dunklin County.

The day begins with poster sessions from 7:30-11:30 a.m. Field tours will be conducted from 8:30-11:30 a.m. with presentations from professionals and will immediately be followed at 11:30 a.m., with information about the activities of the Missouri Rice Council, a recognition ceremony for sponsors and elected officials, and information about the Farm Bill.

The event, which is free and open to rice producers, will allow rice growers to learn about rice weed control; the use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle’s (UAV), i.e. drones in agriculture, as well as a demonstration of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle; breeding and pathology; rice pesticide drift control; nitrogen remote sensing in rice; row rice production; and the rice in the Farm Bill, among other topics. Producers also will get a rice economic update. Lunch will be provided for rice producers attending.

“Rice Field Day provides the latest technology directly to rice producers and the latest inventions influencing their profitability,” said Dr. Michael Aide, professor of agriculture and chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast.

Speakers at the event will include Aide; Dr. Donn Beighley, Southeast rice research fellow; Jim Heiser, University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center;  Sam Atwell, agronomy specialist-rice, University of Missouri Extension; Dr. A.J. Foster, University of Missouri Extension; David Dunn, soil laboratory supervisor, Delta Research Center; Dr. Gene Stevens, University of Missouri Fisher Delta Research Center; John Anderson, vice president of Farmers Storage; Greg Yielding, Missouri representative for the U.S. Rice Producers Association; and Steve Morrison, USDA-FSA.

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