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New herbicide released

FMC Corporation has announced the introduction of Broadhead rice herbicide. This new herbicide offers the flexibility and convenience rice producers need to control even the toughest grasses and broadleaves.

For use on both conventional and Clearfield rice varieties, Broadhead improves yield and rice quality by providing fast knockdown of barnyardgrass, panicum, broadleaf signalgrass, hemp sesbania and morningglory, among others.

When used on conventional rice, Broadhead can be applied alone or tankmixed as an early post treatment, following a full rate of Command 3ME herbicide applied pre- or at-plant, providing growers with effective, economical early season weed control.

If used on Clearfield rice, Broadhead herbicide can be tankmixed with Newpath herbicide, following a full rate, pre-plant application of Command 3ME, improving results by controlling weeds such as hemp sesbania that may escape Newpath when used alone.

Application rates may vary based on the size of the weeds, with small actively growing weeds less than two inches tall requiring between 4.0 and 12.0 oz/A. For larger actively growing weeds (three to four inches tall), Broadhead should be applied at rates between 8.0 and 12.0 oz/A. For optimum weed control, add COC at 0.5 to 1.0 percent v/v (two to four quarts per 100-gallon spray solution).

For more information about the complete portfolio of crop protection products from FMC, visit

2010 Rice Leadership Development Class

USA Rice Foundation Chairman Marvin Hare announced the selection of the 2010 Rice Leadership Development Class during the USA Rice Outlook Conference. The class is comprised of five rice producers and two industry-related professionals selected by a committee of agribusiness leaders. Candidates must be 25 to 45 years old at the time of application and derive their primary livelihood from some aspect of the rice industry.

The new rice producer class members are Alex Clark, Poplar Bluff, Mo.; Matthew Fielke, Stuttgart, Ark.; Shannon Harrington, Iowa, La.; Nicole Van Vleck, Sacramento, Calif.; and Jim Whitaker, McGehee, Ark. The new industry related class members are Andy Morris, Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Dan Squires, Yuba City, Calif.

Many Rice Leadership Development Class alumni are currently serving in key positions on various industry boards and committees, including Brian King, chairman of the USA Rice Merchants’ Association, as well as Paul Combs, Charley Mathews and Linda Raun, all members of the USA Rice Federation Executive Committee.

Alumni of the Rice Leadership Development Program are eligible to participate in a new international program session made possible with the addition of RiceTec Inc. as a sponsor of the program this year. John Deere Company, RiceTec Inc. and Syngenta sponsor the Rice Leadership Development Program through a grant to The Rice Foundation. The USA Rice Federation administers the program.

Irrigation Web site available for California

Valley Irrigation launched a new Web site demonstrating the efficiencies of center pivot and linear mechanized irrigation to California producers.

The site,, illustrates how center pivots and linears work and includes information about how California producers can save water, labor and time over the more traditional methods of flood irrigation and solid set.

The new Web site includes the following key features:
• Click on the “Conservation” tab to learn the basics of how a center pivot or linear irrigation works.

• Find top researchers who have identified mechanized irrigation as one of the most efficient forms of irrigation, as well as links to information by qualified third parties.

• An online photo gallery includes images of center pivots and linears on a wide variety of crops, including rice, cotton and tomatoes.

• Crop-specific pages have irrigation information tailored to the respective crops.

• Learn how mechanized irrigation can benefit crops when salinity is a concern.

• Find quick answers to common misperceptions about center pivot and linear
irrigation in the FAQ section.

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RiceCo, Gowan agreement

RiceCo LLC and Gowan Company have announced an agreement that will allow RiceCo to utilize Permit from Gowan in new formulations of rice herbicides.

RiceCo is well known in the rice industry for providing innovative new premixed combinations of herbicides such as Duet and RiceBeaux that offer dual modes of action. Company officials said the new agreement with Gowan could lead to new product developments for U.S. rice growers.

The company noted that multiple product combinations will likely result from the collaboration between RiceCo and Gowan.

“Product innovation is extremely important in the rice industry because of the selection pressure current programs exert on weeds,” explains Dr. Craig Sandoski, U.S. product development manager for RiceCo. “Incorporating Gowan’s Permit into our product development pipeline will allow us to create new resistance management solutions for farmers.”

Gowan’s brand manager, Eric McEwen, noted that the partnership would provide greater weed control flexibility to farmers.

According to RiceCo, product development with Permit will begin immediately, but any new products will probably not be available until 2011.

National Rice Month Scholarship winners

The 2009 National Rice Month Scholarship grand prize was awarded to Daniel T. McFarland of Keithville, La., at the USA Rice Outlook annual Rice Awards luncheon in December.

To vie for the scholarship, eligible high school juniors and seniors in all of the rice-growing states (Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas) must conduct a promotion during September National Rice Month with U.S.-grown rice as the central theme.

McFarland took top honors and earned a $4,000 scholarship for his promotion titled “Rice… Anytime, Anyone, Anywhere.”

Additional scholarship prizes were awarded to Zachary Joseph Romaine of Abbeville, La., (second place, $3,000); Rachel Brown of Jennings, La., (third place, $1,500); and Jasmine Rethmeyer of Kansas City, Mo., (honorable mention, $500).

Kansas congressman is featured speaker

Congressman Jerry Moran, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Kansas and a key member of the Committee on Agriculture will be the opening speaker at the upcoming 13th Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference (NCSCRC) scheduled to take place in Tunica, Miss., on Jan. 12-13 at Harrah’s Convention Center.

Known in his Kansas Congressional District for his steadfast conservatism and independence, Rep. Moran enjoys overwhelming support from his constituency while serving on the important House Committees of Agriculture, Transportation & Infrastructure and Veteran Affairs. He has received countless awards for his work on these issues and in other areas such as health care, education, technology and rural development.

Guatemala relies on U.S. rice imports

During a visit to Guatemala in December, Dwight Roberts, president and CEO for the USRPA, visited the offices of ARROZGUA, the Guatemala Rice Association, to meet with Jose Antonio Pivaral and Luis Mazariegos to discuss a number of domestic rice market and promotional program issues.

Guatemala’s paddy imports from the United States total 70,000 to 80,000 tons to meet consumer demand. With effective promotional activities, coordination between the USRPA and ARROZGUA and improvements in the country’s economy, overall rice consumption is expected to rise. Roberts also met with Alvaro Padilla, director of ARROZGUA’s board of directors and Gustavo Orellana, the manager of technical and quality control services.


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