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A New Trio Hits The Field
Variable Rate Fertility
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Can you identify the origin of this rice throw?

Rice ThrowThis beautiful rice throw hangs on the wall of Stephen Bariola’s office at Stratton Seed in Carlisle, Ark. Bariola said he acquired it from Stratton’s main office in Stuttgart but does not know its origin.

“I am told by another farmer in our area that there is a blue and red version, too,” Bariola says. “Several of my customers have asked where they could get one, but I haven’t been able to trace down the source.”

If anyone knows where a throw like this can be bought or where Bariola’s throw came from originally, please contact Carroll Smith, editor, Rice Farming magazine at (901) 767-4020 or

Bender30 option extends center pivot acres

Bender30This past year, Valley Irrigation displayed the new Bender30 option on a full size 8000 series pivot at
a farm show.

The Valley Bender30 option increases the number
of acres a grower can irrigate at a low cost. With the
ability to bend any drive unit at a 30-degree angle, a grower can easily wrap a tree line, feed lot or avoid obstacles in the field, allowing for maximum irrigated acres.

The Valley Bender30 will easily retrofit existing center pivots with no structural changes required to the machine, even bending at multiple locations on one machine. With few additional parts, a Valley dealer can retrofit an existing pivot or design a new machine to maximize irrigation potential. Optional water shut-off valves will shut off the sprinklers on the stopped spans while the bend continues to irrigate.

For more information, visit their Web site at

John Deere introduces John Deere Financial division

Deere & Company is introducing a new name – John Deere Financial – for its business unit that offers credit and other financial services. The change is being made to better represent the breadth of products and services offered by the business. It had previously been known as John Deere Credit.

“John Deere Financial remains committed to providing products and services that help customers, dealers and others succeed around the world,” says Jim Israel, president of Deere & Company’s Worldwide Financial Services Division. An example of this growth, he said, came earlier this year when Deere established John Deere Insurance Company to strengthen the company’s position in the crop insurance industry.

John Deere Financial will continue to serve equipment customers worldwide by offering retail, wholesale and lease financing to facilitate the sale of John Deere equipment in agriculture, construction, forestry and turf care. The company also will continue to provide revolving credit and crop insurance for customers while assessing other products that could help customers whose work is linked to the land.

California’s Lundberg family mourns eldest brother

LundbergEldon Albert Lundberg, the eldest of four brothers who built Lundberg Family Farms into the nation’s No. 1 producer of organic rice and rice products died June 26, 2010, in Richvale, Calif. He was 82 years old.

A native of Phelps County, Neb., Eldon Lundberg was born June 20, 1928, to Albert and Frances Lundberg. In 1937, the Lundbergs moved West, settling in the small rice-farming town of Richvale in the Sacramento Valley. Raised on the farm founded by his parents, Eldon began farming with his father Albert in 1948, while studying Civil Engineering at Chico State College. Eldon interrupted his studies to enter the U.S. Army, ultimately serving in the Army Intelligence Corps in Ishigaki, Japan.

On leave from the Army in 1951, he met Ruth Wendell. They were married Dec. 4, 1953, and moved back to Richvale, Calif., where they built their lifelong home near the family farm. Ruth and Eldon have three children: Jennifer, Grant and Julianne.

In 1969, the four Lundberg brothers built their rice milling operations, which launched the Lundberg Family Farms brand of rice products. Eldon served as president of the family business as it established its direct links with consumers over the next 25 years. During Eldon’s tenure as president, Lundberg Family Farms grew into the nation’s top producer of organic and eco-farmed rice and rice products.

In 1997, Eldon’s son, Grant, became CEO of Lundberg Family Farms. beginning the transition to the third generation of the Lundberg family of rice farmers. In 1999, Eldon retired from the day-to-day management of the business. In 2003, the Lundberg brothers were named the recipients of the Rice Lifetime Achievement award by Rice Farming magazine and Syngenta.

Throughout his life in Richvale, Eldon was an active participant in community and industry activities. He served on the board of directors of the Butte County Rice Growers Association and was a longtime member of the U.S. Rice Council. In addition, he served on the Butte County Probation Board and was an active member of the Oroville Exchange Club.

Rice hulls can replace perlite

Greenhouse plant growers can substitute rice hulls for perlite in their media without the need for an increase in growth regulators, according to a Purdue University study.

Growing media for ornamental plants often consists of a soilless mix of peat and perlite, a processed mineral used to increase drainage. Growers also regularly use plant-growth regulators to ensure consistent and desired plant characteristics such as height to meet market demands.

“We were not sure whether rice hulls, as an organic component, would hold up the growth regulator,” says Roberto Lopez, a Purdue assistant professor of horticulture and co-author of a HortTechnology paper that outlined the findings. “Testing showed that there were no differences in plants grown with rice hulls or perlite.”

Finding a waste product to replace perlite could reduce the price of growing media since perlite must be mined and heat processed first.

Rice hulls are an attractive option, Lopez said, because they can be easily transported on barges, and rice growers in the South could increase profits by selling a traditional waste product.

New precision ag products

When it comes to precision agriculture, accuracy equals efficiency. That’s why John Deere has introduced two new applications that help producers better manage surface water movement and improve implement guidance in their fields. Following are descriptions of two John Deere Ag Management Solution (AMS) products:

• iGrade is a GPS-based system that enables operators to build and maintain their own field surface water management structures, using many of the same components as they use during crop production.

According to John Deere, iGrade automates the control of the tractor’s scraper blade to enable basic grade and slope design, distance-based hydraulic commands and Surface Water Pro automation.

• iSteer provides active implement guidance to increase accuracy and repeatability in straight-track field applications.

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