Rice Research Takes Center Stage at MRC Field Day

Rice Field Day

Dr. Donn Beighley discusses rice production.

MALDEN, Mo., Aug. 18, 2015 – The latest developments and research in rice production will be highlighted at the Missouri Rice Council’s (MRC) Missouri Rice and Research Station Annual Field Day Aug. 20 at the Missouri 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 MRC President Alex Clark who will deliver the MRC report and lead the dedication of Sonny Martin Drive. The drive is located on the Missouri Research Farm and will be dedicated in memory of the late Martin who was a rice farmer near Bernie, Missouri. Also during the lunch, Greg Yielding with the U.S. Rice Producers Association will speak.

Various topics will be discussed during the tours, including water and straw management, urea volatilization, neonicotinoids as seed treatments, crop and moisture sensors, row rice production and sensor-based fertilization. Monsanto representatives will discuss current and future biotechnology trends, and a rice production soil report will be given.

The speakers include Blake Plotts from Cultivation Offsets, LLC.; Dr. Gene Stevens from the University of Missouri Fisher Delta Center; Dr. Pam Bauchman, Dr. Collin Beachum and Dr. Ty Witton from Monsanto; Dr. Moneen Jones from University of Missouri Fisher Delta Center; Damon Dowdy from Below Ag Service; Andy Chronister of AeroVictus; Dr. Michael Aide, chair of the Department of Agriculture at Southeast Missouri State University; David Dunn from University of Missouri Fisher Delta Center; Sam Atwell of the University of Missouri Extension Service; and Dr. Donn Beighley, research fellow with Southeast Missouri State University.

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. Sponsors included HorizonAg, Martin Rice Company, Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council, RiceCo USA, U.S. Rice Producers Association, Below Ag Service, Baker Implement Co., Dexter Ag Service, FirstGrain, Inc., Missouri Crop Improvement Association, Progressive FCS, FCLA and Koch Agronomic Services.

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