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Rice Expo field tours cover varieties, weed control, flood tolerant soybeans

By Dave Edmark
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

    • Rice, soybean varieties; weed control featured on Rice Expo tours
    • Tour stops will include Arkansas’ Ross, Chen, Moldenhauer, Norsworthy; LSU’s Linscombe
    • Rice Expo set for Aug. 7 at Grand Prairie Center
    • Attendees can catch shuttle buses at Grand Prairie Center to take tours 

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STUTTGART, Ark. – Herbicide resistant barnyardgrass, flood-tolerant soybeans and an update on rice varieties released last year are among the field tour stops, part of the Aug. 7 Arkansas Rice Expo. 

Those wishing to take the tours can pick up shuttle buses at the Grand Prairie Center, the Rice Expo headquarters. The tour buses will leave the Grand Prairie Center at 8:15 a.m., 8:45 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. to take visitors to the Rice Research and Extension Center fields. Tours last about 90 minutes. 

“We know that resistant weeds are among the most urgent issues facing Arkansas farmers today,” said Chuck Wilson, director of the RREC, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Our field tours this year will address that issue as well as well as discuss research we are doing now that can help growers in the coming year.”  

Pengyin Chen, soybean breeder for the division, will discuss flood tolerant beans and a pair of conventional releases -- UA 5213C and UA 5014C -- as well as two new releases with high yield potential proposed for this year, two Roundup-ready releases with high yield and glyphosate tolerance, a high protein variety and a high sugar line for the feed market. Extension Soybean Agronomist Jeremy Ross will provide an overall soybean update. 

Karen Moldenhauer, a Division of Agriculture rice breeder, and Steve Linscombe of the Louisiana State University Ag Center will discuss short-season varieties released in 2014 such as LaKast and CL172 and a variety that may be released this year known as 131084. The medium grain line 131021 will also be reviewed. 

Extension Rice Agronomist Jarrod Hardke will provide an Arkansas Rice Update.

Jason Norsworthy, a Division of Agriculture weed scientist, will discuss four new herbicides likely to be labeled for rice in the next few years and how they will help fight herbicide-resistant barnyardgrass and other weeds. He will also discuss new soybean technologies. 

For more information about the Rice Expo, visit

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