Tag Archives: Precision Leveling

Be Aggressive Up Front

Make weed control decisions now By Carroll Smith Editor Strategic herbicide choices and application timing early in the season not only provides better control of target weeds while they are small but also maximizes yield potential and quality when harvest season rolls around. Early season weed competition contributes to yield loss in the first three to four weeks after crop ... Read More »

Water Use In Rice

California Rice Commission urges “real people” to communicate about rice during the drought If there is one thing that is associated with rice other than rice straw burning, it is misperceptions about its water use. The common dig that rice uses a lot of water was started in 1986 when Marc Reisner wrote the book Cadillac Desert. While Marc later ... Read More »

Adjust to the Weather, Manage Water Well

DR. JOHN SAICHUK LOUISIANA jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Several years ago I had a farmer in the rice verification program that was very successful growing upland crops, but felt he wanted to learn more about rice production. A few years later, his brother became a participant, and it was later told to me that the second brother asked the first what to expect ... Read More »

Water-use efficiency options

DR. JARROD T. HARDKE ARKANSAS Rice Extension Agronomist University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture jhardke@uaex.edu “Do I have an adequate water supply to irrigate the rice acreage I intend to grow?” This should be one of the first questions a rice grower asks before the season begins. For optimum rice production, we need sufficient water availability to be able to ... Read More »

Teamwork & Streamlining

Careful planning and an experienced staff are keys to success BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Sam and Jim Whitaker grew up farming with their mother and father, then took over the operation when their father retired. All total, this past year marked the brothers’ 19th crop. They farm thousands of acres of rice, soybeans, cotton and corn in southeast Arkansas. “Twenty ... Read More »

From dry planting to water-seeding.

Dr. John Saichuk Louisiana jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Last year I wrote an article on water management on March 29. Following is most of the first paragraph of that article. I had no idea at the time of how much of it would be accurate and how different it would be this year. “While I have not had any calls about salt water ... Read More »