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Row Crops Field Days Replaced by Online Events
Author: Arkansas Row Crops

By U of A System Division of Agriculture

Rice will lead off a series of online field days designed to give Arkansans a first look at the latest University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture research and extension. The full schedule is:

CommodityDateRegistration Link
RiceAugust 20, 2020, 6 p.m.Register now!
CornSeptember 3, 2020, 6 p.m.Register now!
SoybeanSeptember 17, 2020, 6 p.m.Register now!
CottonOctober 1, 2020, 6 p.m.Register now!

The rice field day will cover new varieties, the latest research in hybrid varieties, soil fertility, weed management, and disease and pest control. The event will open at 6 p.m. with a welcome from Bob Scott, former director of the Rice Research and Extension Center and new Division of Agriculture senior associate vice president and director of the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service.

Roger Pohlner, chairman of the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board, will give an update on the board’s activities. Rice presentations by Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station researchers and Extension Service specialists will include:

  • Weed Control in Rice — Jason Norsworthy, professor of weed science
  • Hybrid Rice Breeding — Ehsan Shakiba, assistant professor of hybrid rice breeding
  • Managing Potassium in Rice — Trent Roberts, associate professor and extension soil fertility specialist
  • Foliar Fungicides / Fungicide Seed Treatments — Yeshi Wamishe, extension rice pathologist
  • New Rice Varieties — Xueyan Sha, professor and rice breeder

A live question-and-answer session following the presentations will give participants an opportunity to interact with scientists and learn more about how the research applies to their crops and operations.

Social distancing protocols during the COVID-19 pandemic led the Division of Agriculture to take its annual agricultural field days online, said Nathan Slaton, associate vice president for agriculture and assistant director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station.

“In keeping with physical distancing precautions during the COVID-19 pandemic, we are moving our field days online to maintain that face-to-face interaction without the risk of spreading the virus,” Slaton said.

For more information about the online field days and to see the full lineup of presenters, visit the 2020 Virtual Field Day website:

Recordings of the field day presentations will be available on that website after the live broadcasts.

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