STUTTGART – The Arkansas Rice Field Day is back Friday, Aug. 3, beginning with tours at 7:30 a.m. at the Rice Research and Extension Center. There is no cost to attend.

This year’s event features a pair of two-hour field tours that will cover the spectrum of production issues including breeding, irrigation, weed, disease and pest management and fertility, according to a news release.

The tours will depart at 7:30 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. from the Foundation Seed Facility at the research and extension center at Stuttgart.

“We’ll be talking about cover crops and where they’ll fit into rice production or rice rotation,” said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “We’re about to start harvest and soon after is when we’ll need to put in cover crops.”

Ehsan Shakiba, an assistant professor and rice breeder with the Division of Agriculture, will be discussing hybrid rice breeding and Manuel Esguerra will join him to talk about high nighttime temperatures and the effects on grain yield and quality.

Extension Entomologist Nick Bateman and PhD student Aaron Cato will discuss their work on cutoff timing for rice stink bugs, Hardke said.

Trent Roberts, associate professor and expert in soil and rice fertility, will have a talk on GreenSeeker and proper use of the handheld.

There will be a brief indoor program at 11:30 a.m. before lunch begins.

The full schedule includes:

Tour 1: Stop 1 – Agronomy & Soil Fertility — Trent Roberts – Associate Professor, Soil Fertility; Jarrod Hardke – Extension Rice Agronomist;

Stop 2 – Rice Weed Management — Jason Norsworthy – Professor, Weed Science;

Stop 3 – Irrigation Management — Chris Henry – Irrigation Engineer; Return to Foundation Seed Center (9:30 or 11:30 a.m.)

Tour 2: Stop 1 – Entomology — Nick Bateman – Extension Entomologist; Aaron Cato – Graduate Assistant, Entomology;

Stop 2 – Rice Pathology — Yeshi Wamishe – Extension Rice Pathologist;

Stop 3 – Hybrid Breeding & High Nighttime Temperatures — Ehsan Shakiba – Assistant Professor, Breeding; Manuel Esguerra – Post-Doctoral studies, Breeding;

Stop 4 – Observation Bay — Karen Moldenhauer – Professor, Breeding; Xueyan Sha – Professor, Breeding; Return to Foundation Seed Center (9:30 or 11:30 a.m.)

The Rice Research and Extension Center is located at 2900 Arkansas Highway 130 East atStuttgart.

For more information about rice production, contact a county extension office or visit

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

“If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay,” according to the release.