Over 2-hundred thousand acres of rice are grown in Missouri every year! With exports going to Egypt, Latin America, China, Mexico and beyond! Along with corn, soybeans, and cotton rice is a serious cash crop for Missouri farmers! Chairman of the Department of Agriculture at SE Missouri State University, Dr. Mike Aide says they are hosting the annual Rice Farm Field Day on August 22nd at the research farm in Glennonville, in Dunklin County. He tells KZIM KSIM – there they have 1-hundred acres of rice being grown with the latest technology and techniques available. Also experts will present critical information that will affect overall yields…topics to include arsenic and its uptake in rice. New planting machines, land grading capabilities, calibrating sprayers, and more. Aide says farmers MUST work together to find what works if they wish to compete in a WORLD market. Missouri farmers breed their own varieties – often following recommendations from the Check off, the US Rice Producers Association and the Food and Agriculture Policy Research Institute. The day begins at 8am and a luncheon is provided. Aide says this is open to all rice producers and anyone considering raising rice.
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