Welcome to the 2020 Arkansas Rice Field Day Online! This broadcast occurred on August 20, 2020. Scroll down to watch each speaker’s presentation. Visit our other field days for more great content!

Welcome to the Arkansas Rice Field Day Online

Bob Scott

Senior Associate Vice President Agriculture – Extension

Director, Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service

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Bob Scott, the newly appointed director of the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service and former director of the Rice Research & Extension Center, kicks off the first-ever Arkansas Rice Field Day Online.

Update from the Arkansas Rice Research & Promotion Board

Roger Pohlner


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Roger Pohlner shares a few comments about how the Board supports Arkansas rice producers. Also, catch a sneak preview of some designs for the future Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center, near Jonesboro.

Weed Control in Rice

Jason Norsworthy

Distinguished Professor of Weed Science

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Dr. Norsworthy conducts weed management research, with an emphasis on innovative research that will lead to a reduction in herbicide reliance, expenditures and usage, and improve weed management efficiency in crops in Arkansas. Today’s presentation gives an overview of weed management in rice crops.

Hybrid Rice Breeding

Ehsan Shakiba

Assistant Professor of Hybrid Rice Breeding

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Dr. Shakiba’s research efforts focus on developing good quality, high-yielding hybrid rice cultivars adapted to the rice-growing regions in the southern U.S. Here’s what Dr. Shakiba has to say about the potential for our first hybrid rice release.

Optimizing Soil Fertility for Rice Production

Trent Roberts

Associate Professor & Extension Soil Fertility Specialist

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Dr. Trent Roberts provides some recommendations for optimizing soil fertility in rice production.

Dr. Roberts investigates crop response to soil nutrients like nitrogen and potassium and hopes to develop better management strategies for crop production. During today’s presentation, Dr. Roberts will discuss some fertilization strategies for Arkansas rice production.

Foliar Fungicides / Fungicide Seed Treatments

Yeshi Wamishe

Extension Rice Pathologist

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Dr. Yeshi Wamishe discusses rice fungicide management. Dr. Wamishe is an associate professor of plant pathology and extension rice pathologist working out of the Rice Research & Extension Center in Stuttgart.

Dr. Wamishe’s research efforts focus on ways to manage common rice diseases through foliar fungicide applications and seed treatments. In addition, she develops disease ratings for new and commercial rice cultivars to aid in grower planting decisions. Today, Dr. Wamishe talks about fungicide application timing and the impact of application volume on the efficacy of fungicides.

New Rice Varieties

Xueyan Sha

Professor and Rice Breeder

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Dr. Sha’s breeding program focuses on medium-grain varieties, semi-dwarf long-grain varieties, and hybrids.

Dr. Sha discusses the rice breeding program along with descriptions of the newest rice varieties released by the breeding program that will be available to growers in 2021.


Question & Answer Session

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Watch as our researchers and extension specialists field questions submitted during our live online field day event, August 20, 2020. If you have questions for our researchers, click on a researcher’s name above to pull up their contact information.

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