Rice Farming


Industry News

ATV safety should be a priority for youth and adults
With various hunting seasons upon us, ATV safety should be on the top of every hunter’s checklist. ATV safety is relevant for riders of all ages, including adults. The Consumer Product Safety Commission offers several tips for safe ATV riding. These tips include:

• Always wear a properly-fitting helmet, riding gloves, long sleeves and long pants.
• Never ride on public roads. Ride only on designated trails.
• Never ride under the influence of alcohol or other drugs.
• Ride an ATV that’s the right size for your age.
• Supervise riders younger than 16.

“Another important safety tip is to take an ATV RiderCourse,” says Mike Klumpp, associate professor of 4-H youth development for the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. “The 4-H office offers a half-day safety course in counties throughout the state.”

The Cooperative Extension Service 4-H ATV Safety Program currently doesn’t charge for this training, although a minimal user fee may be charged to cover expenses, such as equipment and facility use.

To find a RiderCourse in your county, visit www.uaex.edu, call the 4-H office at (501) 671-2059 or contact your county Extension agent for a course in your area.

Farmer sets rice-yield record on LSU AgCenter verification field
On Aug. 12, Louisiana rice grower Durel Romaine of Kaplan in Vermilion Parish harvested 66.3 barrels an acre (237 bushels) at 19.7 percent moisture or 60.5 barrels at 12 percent moisture of RiceTec hybrid rice (CLXL745) from a 52-acre LSU AgCenter verification field.

“Before we started growing hybrid rice, we were averaging 30 to 35 barrels per acre,” Romaine says. “Now with RiceTec hybrid rice, we’re averaging between 52 and 55 barrels an acre on first crop and 20 barrels per acre on the ratoon crop, which also is an increase.”

Safer fertilizer from Honeywell
Honeywell recently announced the development of a patented technology to produce a safer ammonium nitrate-based fertilizer with significantly lower explosive potential. The new technology received a SAFETY Act Designation from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Independent tests demonstrated that Honeywell’s new fertilizer is significantly more difficult to use as an explosive. When mixed with fuel oil, commonly used in an explosive, the new ammonium sulfate nitrate fertilizer did not detonate.

The new technology fuses ammonium sulfate with ammonium nitrate, providing both nitrogen and sulfur needed for efficient plant nutrition as well as enhanced safety, quality and storage characteristics for the fertilizer. For more information, please visit www.honeywell.com.

LSU AgCenter establishes hotline for farm producers
To help the state’s farmers, the LSU AgCenter has established a farm financial hotline to help them make financial decisions, according to Dr. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter economist.

“Having two major hurricanes make landfall at harvest time has greatly impacted projected revenues for producers at a time in which increased input costs have left little margin for error,” Guidry says.

The LSU AgCenter economist says producers looking for financial management and disaster assistance information or who want individual farm financial consultation can call (225) 578-2266.

J.E. McAlister scholarships awarded to ASU students
The J.E. McAlister scholarship was started in 2004 when Randy and Cindy Woodard decided to help endow a scholarship in his honor. McAlister has devoted his life to agriculture – from farming to the seed industry. He entered the seed business in 1961 and is still active in that business today.

The first two J.E. McAlister scholarships were awarded this summer during the annual Cache River Valley (CRV) field day in Cash, Ark. To qualify for the scholarship, a student must be an Arkansas State University (ASU) agriculture major with at least a 3.0 grade point average.

CRV’s annual golf tournament, along with the support of other sponsors, have helped raise money for the endowments. All profits from the tournament are matched by Cache River Valley Seed.

“We are going to work with the College of Agriculture at ASU to make this a statewide event,” says CRV’s Randy Woodard. “In the past, we have held it mainly for CRV customers. We would now like to open it up for anyone who would like to give back to ASU in the way of scholarships. This past year, many seed companies, ag businesses, farmers and friends of Joe Mac’s played in the tournament. So far we have raised $60,000 for ASU.”

California farmer recognized
Charles Matthews, Sr. was honored with the 2008 California Rice Industry Award at the Biggs Rice Experiment Station field day in August. The annual field day showcases California’s latest rice research with field tours, poster exhibits of the University of California trial data and recognition of the industry’s leaders.
Matthews, a Marysville, Calif., rice producer was awarded the distinction based on his years of commitment and service to the rice industry.