Steven Linscombe, Schultz, Bruce | 6/17/2005 1:31:38 AM
CROWLEY – The LSU AgCenter’s 2005 Rice Field Day will be held June 30 at its Rice Research Station near Crowley.
The event provides visitors with a look at ongoing research at the LSU AgCenter facility.
"The field day is an excellent opportunity for producers and others with interest in the industry to get a concise update on the latest technological advances in rice production," said Dr. Steve Linscombe, the LSU AgCenter’s regional director for southwestern Louisiana, who also oversees the Rice Research Station.
Linscombe stressed that improvements in rice production have no benefit if they are not adopted by industry, and he said the field day is one way of encouraging producers and others to make changes.
"This field day is an excellent mechanism to facilitate transfer of this technology in an expeditious manner," Linscombe said.
Field tours start at 7:30 a.m., with the last truck leaving to begin a tour at 9:45 a.m.
Speakers on the field tour include Dr. Boris Castro, an LSU AgCenter entomologist, and Dr. Mo Way, a Texas A&M entomologist, who will talk about insects that affect rice.
Among the other speakers, LSU AgCenter weed scientists Dr. Eric Webster and Dr. Jim Oard will discuss rice weed control. Rice diseases will be detailed by LSU AgCenter plant pathologists Dr. Don Groth and Dr. Clayton Hollier.
Rice variety development will be discussed by LSU AgCenter rice breeders Dr. Xueyan Sha, Dr. Qi Ren Chu and Linscombe. And an update on soybean production will be covered by LSU AgCenter soybean specialist Dr. David Lanclos and Allen Hogan, LSU AgCenter county agent for soybeans in Jefferson Davis Parish.
Rice agronomy will be covered by LSU AgCenter agronomist Dr. Jason Bond and Earl Vories, an agricultural engineer from the University of Missouri.
In addition to the field tours, a poster session will be held from 7:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m..
Beginning at 10:45 a.m. other speakers will provide updates on the rice industry during a more formal program conducted in the Rice Station’s auditorium.
Among those, Dr. Ernest Girouard, a rice farmer and chairman of the Louisiana Rice Research Board, will speak on board activities.
Johnny Broussard, director of legislative affairs and communications for the USA Rice Federation, will give a Washington perspective on current and future issues affecting the rice industry.
LSU AgCenter economist Dr. Michael Salassi will talk about economic issues in rice production, and Jackie Loewer, chairman of the Louisiana Rice Producers Group, will make a special presentation.
In addition, Dr. Bill Richardson, LSU AgCenter chancellor, will make closing remarks before lunch is served at mid-day.