BEAUMONT – “Texas Rice Challenges and Solutions” is the theme for the 65th annual field day July 12 for Texas AgriLife Research-Beaumont, 1509 Aggie Dr.
The event begins with field tours at 8 a.m. and an indoor program at 10:45 a.m. Afternoon field tours will begin at 1 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge. A barbecue lunch will be provided.
Dr. Ted Wilson, director, will open the program with a brief overview of the center’s research. Keynote speakers include State Rep. Alan Ritter; Dr. Rodante Tabien, AgriLife Research scientist at Beaumont; and Dr. Natalie Hummel, Extension entomologist, Louisiana State University Ag Center.
Ritter’s presentation will address water issues in the Texas Upper Gulf Coast and the rest of Texas. Tabien will provide an overview of the latest rice varieties developed through the Beaumont center. Hummel will discuss the latest e-technology that is increasingly used to extend research information to growers, crop consultants, the scientific community and the general public.
The morning tour stops will showcase recent developments in rice breeding, physiology, nutrient management, and insect and disease management. An afternoon tour will include organic rice and biofuels crops.
Licensed private, commercial, and non-commercial pesticide applicators participating in this field day may obtain three general continuing education credits for recertification.
For more information, contact Brandy Morace at 409-752-3045, firstname.lastname@example.org.