Soybean blog and Facebook
You can now follow the latest news about Arkansas soybeans via your favorite social networking sites – Facebook and Blogspot.
Keep up with the latest soybean news by accessing the new “Arkansas Soybean” blog at arkansassoybean.blogspot.com or go to Facebook and search the following topic: “Arkansas Soybean.”
LSU AgCenter honors Hoffpauir with prestigious award
Herman Hoffpauir has been recognized for his work at the Rice Research Center in Crowley, La. He was among the 2010 LSU Foundation Staff Outstanding Service Award winners. Don Groth received the 2010 Doyle Chambers Research Award.
Steve Linscombe, Rice Research Station director, says both men have played a major role in the station’s success.
“This shows the level of talent and expertise that has been developed through the decades,” Linscombe says.
“I am proud of both of these fellows, and they are highly deserving of this recognition. They are both hard working and dedicated,” he adds.
Hoffpauir has been working at the Rice Research Station since 1982. His job involves all aspects of the breeding program, from planting, managing water, harvesting by machine and hand, to milling.
Hoffpauir says he enjoys his job, largely because of the people he works alongside.
“We’ve got a good group working together now,” he says. “It makes it easier.”
RiceTec launches iPhone app
RiceTec has launched the first-ever grain drill calibration mobile application, which is now available for download from iTunes for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. Developed specifically for RiceTec, the app assists rice growers in calibrating their drills to plant RiceTec hybrid rice seed.
The iPhone app, an exact replica of the grain drill calibration feature on RiceTec’s Web site, is customizable to a grower’s specific situation. It allows a grower to identify his model of grain drill, which automatically calculates the row spacing, particular RiceTec hybrid rice seed and other pertinent details. Once all the information is entered, the grower simply clicks on the “Calibration” tab, and the app provides the grower with RiceTec’s recommended seeding rate to help ensure a successful crop. In addition to calibrating drills for RiceTec hybrid rice seed, the app can calibrate wheat, soybean and grain sorghum seed. The tool also shows contact information for RiceTec’s technical service reps.
“This free mobile app is one more way RiceTec provides the highest-quality technical support to rice growers,” says Dr. Brian Ottis, the company’s marketing and client support manager. “We plan to continue upgrading the app so that it benefits users year-round.”
DU announces 2011
Wetland Conservation Awards
Ducks Unlimited announced the winners of the 2011 Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards at the 76th annual North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference in Kansas City, Mo. This year’s recipient for the Private Citizen award is Durand Farm of St. Martinville, La.
“These individuals have each had a tremendous impact on North America’s waterfowl habitat,” says DU CEO Dale Hall as he presented the awards. “DU proudly recognizes their contributions and hopes their personal achievements inspire others to engage in conservation.”
DU’s Wetland Conservation Achievement Awards recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the restoration and conservation of North America’s wetlands and waterfowl. The awards are presented in six categories.
“We are honored to be recognized by the world leader in wetlands conservation,” Jeff Durand says. “There’s no reason not to practice conservation-minded rice and crawfish production. It makes business sense, and it makes sense to take care of the natural resources we all depend on for our livelihoods, our recreation and our health.”
Jeff, Greg and C.J. Durand, owners of Durand Farm, are first generation rice producers committed to pursuing excellence in farming, marketing and conservation.
New smartphone case offered
Packed with power, the new Motorola ATRIX 4G requires quality protection to safeguard the investment. OtterBox introduces the Defender Series case for this powerful smartphone, available now at AT&T retail locations and www.otterbox.com.
“This case is the most rugged protection available,” says OtterBox founder and CEO Curt Richardson.
The OtterBox Defender Series is synonymous with rugged device fortification. This tri-layer case defends from drops, dust, dings and overall damage. The first layer is a built-in screen protector; full touch functionality is capable while guarding against scratches and scuffs.
Layer two encases the device with an impact-resistant polycarbonate shell. Layer three finishes the case with a durable shock-absorbing silicone. Included is a holster style swivel belt clip.
EPA exempts rice water
On March 10, Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) in an Agriculture Committee hearing elicited a firm commitment from EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson that rice water will not be regulated under the Clean Water Act.
“Rice producers have worried about the EPA regulating rice water under the Clean Water Act for years,” says Congressman Crawford. “The commitment made by EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will bring relief to rice farmers throughout U.S. rice-growing states. We have a lot more to do to scale back the overreaching EPA, but, for now, rice farmers can quit worrying about water restrictions and focus their attention on growing rice and the economy.
“In this economic environment, it is im-portant to savor victories wherever we can find them,” Crawford adds. “The commitment from Administrator Jackson is a small, but much needed, victory for rice farmers and the people of Arkansas’s First District.”
Pivot-irrigated rice video
Lindsay Zimmatic, a designer and manufacturer of self-propelled center pivot and lateral move irrigation systems, has produced a video about pivot-irrigated rice.
The 2:30 video discusses the need to efficiently feed a growing world population. It notes that research on rice production under mechanized sprinkler systems dates back more than 30 years, but has seen renewed interest because of water scarcity and food security issues.
The video also shows how pivot-irrigated rice has the potential to save water, energy, labor, fertilizer and other input expenses and expand rice production to areas unsuited to paddy production.
The video is available on YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/LindsayIrrigation#p/u/0/JZKzU5s6s2A.
Benefit golf tournament scheduled in California
The 2011 AgSafe Benefit Golf Tournament, in partnership with DLL Insurance Agency, will be held on May 2 at the Sunnyside Country Club in Fresno, Calif.
Registration begins at 8 a.m., and the shotgun start is at 9:30 a.m. This is a four-man handicap scramble, and teams are flighted by handicap. The charge is $175 per player. This price includes a breakfast buffet, refreshments and post-tournament reception. The following prizes will be awarded in both flights: Closest to the Hole – men and women, Longest Drive – men and women – and a Putting Contest.
Sponsorship opportunities also are available. For more information, contact AgSafe at (209) 526-4400 or www.agsafe.org.
Trimble acquires certain OmniSTAR business assets
Trimble announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire certain assets related to the OmniSTAR Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signal corrections business from Fugro N.V. The acquisition is expected to significantly expand Trimble’s worldwide ability to provide corrections services for land-based agriculture, construction, mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) and survey applications.
Trimble and Fugro also entered into a multi-year service agreement, which includes Fugro’s ongoing operation of its correction network and satellite service broadcast systems that power the OmniSTAR service.
OmniSTAR provides space-based GNSS correction services that can improve the accuracy of a GNSS receiver for precise positioning applications. Currently, there are four levels of OmniSTAR service: “VBS,” offering sub-meter positioning; “XP,” delivering better than 20-centimeter accuracy; and “HP,” delivering greater than 10-centimeter accuracy. In addition, the new OmniSTAR “G2” service combines GPS plus GLONASS-based corrections to provide decimeter level positioning.
“We will offer a full range of high-precision positioning capabilities, which now includes satellite-delivered corrections,” says Patricia Boothe, general manager of Trimble’s newly formed Positioning Services Division. “Today, our agriculture customers use OmniSTAR services to perform planting, harvesting, variable rate application and many other operations. Our expanded portfolio will provide farmers, surveying, construction and GIS professionals with more options to satisfy their particular accuracy, delivery and financial needs.”
MACA Web site adds ‘Consultant Commentary’
The Mississippi Agricultural Consultants Association announces the addition of “Consultant Commentary” to its Web site.
MACA members will be providing timely comments relative to their scouting area. Several times a week you can get up-to-date crop information from four different areas of the state: North Delta (north of Hwy 82), South Delta (south of Hwy 82), East Mississippi and South Mississippi.