Rice Advice Mid-South

Follow Through On Weed Control

After graduating from Louisiana State University, I moved back home to Crowville, La., and worked for a seed and chemical retailer for about five years. In 2010, some friends and I started a consulting business, and then I ventured out on my own to form Peters Crop Consulting. In 2016, our area experienced historic rain and flooding in March, followed ... Read More »

Strive For Early Season Weed Control

Joey Branch

As soon as I could legally drive a truck, Arkansas crop consultant Danny Moore hired me to work for him, which I did for 10 years. We checked a lot of rice during that time. In 2008, I joined ProAg Services LLC, an independent consulting business owned by Brent Lassiter, in Newport, Ark. Last year was rough for Arkansas rice ... Read More »

Be Proactive, Positive To Achieve Success

Brad Ouzts

Growing up, I learned a lot from my father who was a crop consultant and a professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. He taught me about damaging weed and insect pests and which products to use to control them. He also taught the chemical courses at Merigold Flying School in Merigold, Miss. Meeting the pilots and observing the ... Read More »

Program Focuses On Barnyardgrass

I grew up on a small farm in Lynn, Ark., where my dad, Howard Brannon, grew rice, soybeans and grain sorghum. While we spent time together, he taught me about agriculture, especially how to fix equipment. After observing one of our rice consultants working with the crop, I decided to pursue this profession as well. I graduated from Arkansas State ... Read More »

Weed Spectrum And Timeliness Are Key

Growing up on a rice farm that my dad, John, and uncle, Reggie, operated in Acadia Parish, La., influenced my decision to pursue agriculture as a career. After graduating from McNeese, I started treating seed for G&H Seed Co. in Crowley. Four years ago, I had the opportunity to move out of the warehouse and into the field as a ... Read More »

Use Inputs Wisely To Boost Return On Investment

I began scouting cotton in 1994 while attending Arkansas State University. In 1996-97, I worked for Don Benson, an independent consultant, in Marinna, Ark., who also checks rice. After starting my own business — Southern Heritage Cotton Co. — in 2002, I have checked rice ever since. Today, I consult on rice, cotton, soybeans, corn, milo and peanuts, mostly in Lee ... Read More »

Potential For Good Crop in 2016

Early in my career, I worked for a company that offered a product line in conjunction with consulting services. I enjoyed the scouting so much that after a few years, I formed my own company, Tomlinson Crop Services. In 2015, the weather was uncooperative during planting season, followed by a period of wet, cool conditions. Surprisingly, when harvest arrived, rice ... Read More »

Customize Herbicide Programs In 2016

Winston Earnheart, Ph.D. Earnheart Agricultural Consultant Service Tunica, Miss. I grew up in the small Mississippi Delta town of Tunica — 35 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., and 6 miles east of the Mississippi River. My father and four of his brothers farmed mostly cotton, soybeans and wheat in Tunica County. I got into cotton pest management at the early ... Read More »

Rice Advice: BD Fontenot

B.D. Fontenot Crop Production Services Eunice, La. • B.S., Agronomy, University of Southwestern Louisiana • Certified Crop Consultant • Consults on rice and soybeans • Has consulted for 25 years • Very active in the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association (LACA) • Married to wife, Laurie. One son: Jacques (wife, Shelley). Two grandchildren: Rose, 5; and Finn, 4 • Enjoys colt ... Read More »

Working With New & Existing Herbicides

  Hunter Perry Field Scientist, Dow AgroSciences Greenville, Miss. I grew up in Greenville, Miss., in the early to mid-90s when all major chemical companies had field stations in the local area. Working on two stations during the summers was a natural attraction to someone like me who loved being outdoors. At the conclusion of my Ph.D., I was presented ... Read More »