With the Mid-South’s acreage rising, the LSU AgCenter is hosting a series of meetings for rice farmers in south and north Louisiana over the next couple of months.

Topics for the series of events, which will begin May 24 and continue through the middle of the summer, will include variety development updates; control of weeds, insects and diseases; fertilization; as well as soybean production.

On May 24, the Vermilion Rice Field Tour will be held off La. 14 at the Kent Lounsberry farm a mile west of the Mermentau River bridge. The tour starts at 3:30 p.m., and supper will be served afterward at the Klondike Community Center.

On May 25, the Southwest Louisiana Rice Tour will start at the Fenton Co-op at 8 a.m. with breakfast, and the program will begin at 8:30. The event will move to the Jimmy Hoppe farm to hear LSU AgCenter scientists talk about their research.

On June 9, the Evangeline Parish rice and soybean field day will start at 8 a.m. at research plots on land farmed by Kenneth LaHaye west of Mamou. From La. 10, drive 4.4 miles west on Bieber Road, then turn right on Daugeraux Road and drive for a half mile, then turn left at a water well onto a field road. The next stop will be at the Kody Bieber Farm on Bieber Road.