Texas: Eagle Lake Rice Field Day, June 28

    Maturing rice field. Photo: Kathleen Phillips, Texas AgriLife Extension

    The Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Beaumont is hosting the 48th annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day on June 28.

    The event will start at 4 p.m. at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station on Farm-to-Market Road 102, just north of Eagle Lake.

    At 5 p.m. there will be an evening program, “Summer Rice Research and Program Update,” at the Eagle Lake Community Center, 100 N. Walnut Ave. A catered meal will be provided at 5:30 p.m. There is no cost to attend.

    There will be two general Texas Department of Agriculture continuing education units available for licensed pesticide applicators available.

    “Area agribusiness continues to provide crucial sponsorship to support this event so that all who are interested in attending can do so free of charge,” said Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service agriculture and natural resources agent Laramie Kettler, Colorado County.

    Rice field day

    The first part of the field day will offer an opportunity for producers to tour the research station. The learning stations along the way will consist of:

    • Insect management.
    • Weed management.
    • Plant nutrient management.
    • Disease management.
    • Varietal testing.
    • Rice production practices.

    Evening rice topics, speakers

    The evening program is planned and coordinated by the Colorado County Rice Committee, a group of local producers who meet throughout the year to identify topics for the event that are relevant and applicable to producers in the area.

    Topics scheduled:

    • Farm Bill and Ag Policy Update — George Knapek, Ph.D., program manager for representative farms with the Agricultural and Food Policy Center at Texas A&M, Bryan-College Station.
    • Texas Department of Agriculture Laws and Regulations and Worker Protection Standards — Greg Baker, AgriLife Extension agriculture and natural resources agent, Matagorda County.

    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.

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