STUTTGART – Weed management, furrow irrigation and drone use in agriculture are all on the agenda Friday, Aug. 2, for the annual Rice Field Day at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is hosting the free event that begins with registration at 7 a.m. at the station’s Foundation Seed Center. The first tour leaves at 7:30 a.m.


“We are packing a lot of tech and research updates into our two, two-hour tours this year,” said Bob Scott, director of the rice station. “In addition to updates on production techniques, we’ll also be giving attendees a peek into the future rice and soybean varieties now in the works at the station.”


The presenters are all with the U of A System Division of Agriculture. The tours may be subject to change. The schedule includes:


Tour 1:


Stop 1 – Soil Fertility; Trent Roberts – associate professor-soil fertility. Stop 2 – Rice Weed Management; Jason Norsworthy – professor-weed science. Tommy Butts – extension weed scientist. Stop 3 – Drones in Agriculture; Larry Purcell – professor, soybean physiologist.


Tour 2:


Stop 1 – Multiple Inlet Irrigation; Chris Henry – irrigation engineer. Stop 2 – Soybean Breeding Program; Leo Mozzoni – assistant professor, soybean breeding. Stop 3 – Furrow-Irrigated Rice; Jarrod Hardke – extension rice agronomist. Justin Chlapecka – graduate assistant.


Stop 4 – Observation Bay; Karen Moldenhauer –professor, rice breeding. Xueyan Sha – professor, rice breeding. Ehsan Shakiba – assistant professor, hybrid rice breeding.


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


For details about the Division of Agriculture research, visit https://aaes.uark.edu, follow the agency on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.


For details about rice production, contact a county extension office or visit www.uaex.edu.


The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture offers all its Extension and Research programs to all eligible persons without discrimination.