Greetings from Louisiana rice country! This year, the blog will concentrate research conducted at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, in addition to showing the progress of a 6-acre field of rice planted March 19 to produce foundation seed. We encourage your comments and thoughts to help improve this online tool. If you would like a photograph of a particular piece of equipment or a better explanation of a process, let us know.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Rice Research Station Field Day prep work

If you have been to the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station in the past few days, you would have seen a flurry of activity for the upcoming annual Field Day held at the station. Grass is being mowed, the road is being graded, signs have been erected and LSU AgCenter county agents and specialists were getting briefed Wednesday, the day before the event, on what would be presented. Later, Dr. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter rice specialists, conducted an education session for county agents in the rice growing parishes.

A surprise will be evident to LSU fans during the field tours, which start at 7:15 a.m. The last trailer for the tour leaves at 9:15 a.m., and a program will begin at 10:30 a.m. The field day ends with a lunch.

Below, the county agents and other LSU AgCenter personnel listen to remarks of Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter entomologist during Wednesday's preparation.

Below, Dr. Don Groth, LSU AgCenter plant pathologist, tells county agents what comments he will make at the field day. You can see the county agents' reflections in his sunglasses.

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