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Weed Control Is Key In Missouri Rice

David (left) and Wes Howard

My brother, Wes, and I grew up on a cotton and soybean farm in the Bootheel of Missouri. I worked for a consultant after my dad quit farming in 1999, and Wes did custom spraying for eight years. In 2008, I started Heartland Crop Consultants, and Wes and I became partners in the business in 2011. The 2017 rice crop ... Read More »

Research Focus: Rice Weed Management

I began working in the ag chemistry industry right out of graduate school. My work in rice began in the mid-1980s helping to develop the rice herbicides Whip 1 EC and Whip 360. After 30 years with Bayer CropScience, in 2009, I was offered a position with the Tremont and Lyman Groups where I am the director of technical services. ... Read More »

Collective Effort Ensures Success

In 2008, my wife and I bought Sunrise Dusters, which is now located on a facility where my father worked as an ag pilot when I was growing up. Although I don’t fly the planes myself, I feel like I have come full circle. My business philosophy is that I use the airplanes to serve the people who have entrusted ... Read More »

Toolbox Packed With Effective Herbicides

Elmer Smith Crop Production Services Heth, Arkansas

I had my first experience with rice when I worked as a research intern with a crop protection company the summer before I graduated from the University of Arkansas. After that, I scouted rice for retail companies and joined Crop Production Services in July 2017. As of April 1, I have been involved with this crop for 28 years. Our ... Read More »

Doing Homework Aids Weed Plans

Despite an unusually wet spring in 2017, most Northern California rice producers were still able to get their fields planted on time, thanks to larger equipment that can cover more acres than decades ago. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t cut corners, like not allowing ground to fully dry out. As a result, weeds in many cases got a head ... Read More »

Seeing Loyant Work is Believing

After hearing good things about Loyant herbicide, Hunter Carter — who farms with his brother, Drew — was able to see firsthand how it performed on their own operation last season. The Carters were part of a handful of producers who participated in the Field Forward Program and experienced Loyant herbicide before it was registered. And the Carters liked what ... Read More »

Broad-Spectrum Control Is A Game-Changer

I grew up on a farm in Sunflower County and in the late 1980s married Michelle Gentry, whose father Jerry Gentry also was a farmer. I started helping him with their operation and began farming with my father-in-law full time in 1990. Today, we farm rice, soybeans and cotton at G&G Farms #2 in Linn, Mississippi. We’ve had yield-destroying barnyardgrass ... Read More »

Plan For Weed and Insect Control

Growing up, I was surrounded by agriculture. My grandparents had a small rice farm near Willows, California, and my dad, Wally Cramer, was a pest control adviser (PCA) for more than 40 years. I became interested in following in his footsteps while attending Chico State and went to work for a retailer right out of college. Today, I have been ... Read More »

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 »

Research Benefits California Rice

I began working in rice at Rice Researchers — a private rice breeding facility — while attending California State University, Chico. Today, I am the technical marketing and research and development manager for Helena’s Western Business Unit. Since 2003, we have been creating weed control programs through our research efforts to combat herbicide resistance and also developing new chemistries for ... Read More »