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Stuttgart rice station hosts row rice, soil fertility meeting Dec. 9; attend in person or online

Dec. 3, 2021

By Mary Hightower
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Fast facts:

  • Hardke to discuss row rice, Roberts talks soil fertility
  • CEUs are available

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STUTTGART, Ark. — The Arkansas County Extension Office will host a meeting featuring updates on a row rice production and soil fertility meeting on Dec. 9 at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart to help growers plan for 2022.

The meeting will be conducted in person and live streamed via Zoom with a recording to be posted for later viewing. 

Trent Roberts and Jarrod Hardke in the field
Trent Roberts, left, and Jarrod Hardke, right will discuss soil fertility and row rice production Dec. 9, 2021, at Stuttgart. 

There is no cost to attend either online or in person. For in-person attendees, lunch will be served at noon. Continuing education units are available.

Registration for in-person attendees opens at 8 a.m. Arkansas County Extension Staff Chair Grant Beckwith and County Agriculture Agent Phil Horton will offer a county update. Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will provide an update on row rice production. Trent Roberts, associate professor and endowed chair in soil fertility research, will provide the soil fertility update.

“Row rice has become a hot topic among growers here in Arkansas, and our producers are hungry for information on how to make the most of this technique. Dr. Hardke has been at the front of this production style and will offer his insights on its use over the last few seasons,” Beckwith said.

“Fertility has always been a big part of a crop budget and the increase in fertilizer prices this year has made that percentage is even bigger,” he said. “Developing a fertility program for 2022 that takes into account the high prices and maintains crop yields is critical for the 2022 farming season bottom line. Dr. Roberts will be bringing recommendations for optimizing soil fertility for rice growers.”

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About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact your Arkansas County Extension Office at 870-659-2058 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Media contact: Mary Hightower