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Aug. 12 Rice College to provide hands-on experience for consultants, producers, ag industry pros

July 8, 2021

By Mary Hightower

U of A System Division of Agriculture

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  • Registration deadline Aug. 6
  • Rice College registration fee is $100

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STUTTGART, Ark. — The Aug. 12 Rice College will offer an intensive full-day look at the challenges facing Arkansas rice producers with a slate of researchers from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.

Registration deadline for Rice College is Aug. 6, and runs from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. There will be no registrations on the day of the event. Registration fee is $100. Register with this link: Rice College will be held at the Pine Tree Research Station in St. Francis County. Continuing education units will be available.

Jarrod Hardke explaining production methods.
Extension Rice Agronomist Jarrod Hardke during a 2018 presentation. He is among the presenters for the 2021 Rice College. 

Rice College is held in an every-other-year rotation with Soybean College.

Unlike a regular field day, “this is an opportunity for industry professionals to take part in hands-on demonstrations,” said Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “Our faculty will be showing current research and demonstrations on the challenges we see Arkansas rice producers face every day.

The Rice College highlights include:

  • Tommy Butts, extension weed scientist:
    • Bolt/STS/non-STS soybean tolerance to ALS herbicides
    • Row spacing and weed control
    • Importance of plant-back restrictions
  • Jarrod Hardke, extension rice agronomist:
    • Identifying and correcting nutrient deficiencies
  • Jason Norsworthy, professor and weed scientist:
    • Use of Rogue in rice
    • Loyant coated on urea
    • Review of seed treatment protection against drift
    • Rice response to dicamba
  • Yeshi Wamishe, extension plant pathologist
    • Identification, scouting, and management of major rice diseases
  • Nick Bateman and Gus Lorenz, extension entomologists:
    • Insect sampling and ID
    • Management decisions
    • Seed treatments and foliar sprays
  • Donna Frizzell, program associate for the Division of Agriculture
    • Cultivar selection and management considerations.

For more information about Rice College, visit: or contact Hardke at

To learn about extension programs in Arkansas, contact your local Cooperative Extension Service agent or visit Follow us on Twitter and Instagram at @AR_Extension. To learn more about Division of Agriculture research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: Follow on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch. To learn more about the Division of Agriculture, visit Follow us on Twitter at @AgInArk.

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 a reasonable accommodation or need materials in another format, please contact Jarrod Hardke at as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

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Media contact: Mary Hightower