The 45th annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. June 25 at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station on Farm-to-Market Road 102 just north of Eagle Lake.
The field day will offer an opportunity for producers to tour the research station, making stops along the way to hear about insect, weed, plant nutrient and disease management, varietal testing and rice breeding.
The field day is planned and coordinated by the Colorado County Rice Committee, which is comprised of local producers, in collaboration with the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. The committee meets throughout the year to identify relevant and applicable topics for the event.
Area agribusinesses provide sponsorship support so attendance is free.
The evening program will be held at the Eagle Lake Community Center with Dr. Steve Linscombe, retired rice breeder at Louisiana State University, providing a brief update of the U.S. Rice Sustainability Report.
There also will be a discussion led by Pam West, general manager of Brookshire Drying Co., and Maclane Peters, of TRC Trading, concerning Texas rice exports. Dr. Joe Outlaw, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, will provide an update on farm policy issues, and Dr. Ted Wilson, AgriLife Extension entomologist, Beaumont, will share some observations concerning climate stress data and what it may mean to rice production.
A catered meal will be provided. Two general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units will be offered to all licensed pesticide applicators who attend the tour and evening program.
For more information, contact the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station at 979-234-3578 or the AgriLife Extension office for Colorado County at 979-732-2082.