Field tour highlights Division research during Arkansas Rice Expo

Aug. 8, 2013
Contact Information:

Dr. Chuck Wilson, Director, Rice Research and Extension Center
870-673-2661, cwilson@uaex.edu

Fred Miller, University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Communications
479-575-5647, fmiller@uark.edu

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Xueyan Sha

Rice breeder Xueyan Sha describes rice varieties being tested in the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture's rice breeding program.
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Yeshi Wamishe

Plant pathologist Yeshi Wamishe describes her work on rice disease pathogens and the disease symptoms to watch for in Arkansas rice fields.
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Jason Norsworthy

Weed scientist Jason Norsworthy describes weed control research and shows weed research plots at the Rice Research and Extension Center.
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Research field tour videos:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ARextension/videos?sort=dd&shelf_index=3&view=0

More photos from the Arkansas Rice Expo:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/uacescomm/sets/72157634710476776/

STUTTGART, Ark. — Rice research demonstrations from the Rice Research and Extension Center, presented in field tours during the Arkansas Rice Expo, can now be seen online.

The research tours were a highlight of the Arkansas Rice Expo hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture at the Grand Prairie Center in Stuttgart Aug. 2. Some 1,500 visitors attended the expo to learn about Division of Agriculture research and extension programs.

The field tour covered rice breeding, soil fertility, pest control and related topics. Rice breeders Xueyan Sha and Greg Berger reviewed Arkansas varieties and breeding lines and discussed the potential of the division’s hybrid program.

Plant pathologist Yeshi Wamishe discussed developments in disease control and described signs of disease problems. Weed scientist Jason Norsworthy described trials to determine effective control strategies for rice weeds.

Soil scientists Nathan Slaton and Trent Roberts described results of their work to identify effective fertility management, including the N-STaR Nitrogen Soil Test for Rice, developed by the Division of Agriculture, that determines the most effective nitrogen applications for specific fields.

Other topics covered irrigation management and other cultural practices for soybeans.

The video presentations from the field tours can be found online:
http://www.youtube.com/user/ARextension/videos?sort=dd&shelf_index=3&view=0