Many visit 104th Rice Field Day
At the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station in Crowley, the work being put out has been something to herald.
It’s no wonder then that their 104th Annual Rice Field Day, held Wednesday at the station drew a large crowd to learn more about the station and rice research, which the station touts as “the life blood of the Louisiana rice industry.”
The program began Wednesday early with field tours beginning at 7:15 a.m. The tours included topics such as rice variety development and weed control (discussed by Drs. Steve Linscombe and Eric Webster), rice disease control (discussed by Drs. Don Groth and Jong Ham), rice insect control (discussed by Drs. Mike Stout and Jarrod Hardke), rice hybrid breeding (discussed by Drs. James Oard and Greg Berger) and rice agronomic practices and fertilization (Drs. Dustin Harrell and Tim Walker). The field tours continued through the morning until the last one departed at 9 a.m.
Those participating in the field tours could easily hop off the trucks at the end and walk to the poster session under the pavilion which gave a deeper look at rice research and the rice industry with many on hand for that as well. The poster session began at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 10:30 a.m.
With all finished outside, focus turned inside at 10:45 a.m. as the program began. Starting things off was Louisiana Rice Research Board Chairman Jackie Loewer, who discussed the activities of the Louisiana Rice Research Board. Dr. Michael Salassi, a J. Nelson Fairbanks endowed professor of agricultural economics and representing the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, then provided an update on the highly contested Farm Bill.
A rice economics update was provided by Michael Creed with Creed Rice Company, Inc., out of Houston, followed by Herman Wenzler ,of Kellogg’s (Battle Creek, Mich.) providing Kellogg’s Master Rice Grower update.
The program ended with remarks from three key people, Dr. Mike Strain, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Forestry; Dr. William B. Richardson, LSU AgCenter chancellor; and Dr. Rogers Leonard, LSU AgCenter associate vice chancellor.