Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Identity Preservation: The key is selling the customer what he wants to buy.

By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer, USRPA The U.S. rice industry spent years, decades, building a reputation for high-quality shipments to both domestic and export buyers. The superior quality of our rice resulted in prices to growers being higher than in competitor origins. Our rice was the best, and buyers paid a premium for it. That reputation suffered ... Read More »

Representing 122 years of rice

By Carroll Smith Editor The Rice Awards program, sponsored by Horizon Ag, Rice Farming magazine and USA Rice Federation highlights three honorees for their contributions to the success of the rice industry via the Rice Farmer of the Year, the Rice Industry Award and the Rice Lifetime Achievement Award. On page 18, the beginning of the Rice Lifetime Achievement Award ... Read More »

Impressive lineup offered for upcoming growing season

Variety/Hybrid 2014 Roster It goes without saying that variety/hybrid selection is one of the most important decisions that a rice farmer has to make during the winter planning time. Following are quite a few offerings for 2014. Consider your farm field-by-field when making choices for the upcoming season. The following information about these rice varieties/hybrids and their characteristics was provided ... Read More »

Maintaining Rice Quality Begins At The Farmer Level

“In all of the commodities, when a new issue presents itself, resolving it starts at the farmer level. This is what we are facing today regarding the quality of U.S. rice.” – Ronnie Berry Ronnie and Chris Berry Rice producers Bootheel Missouri Father-and-son team, Ronnie and Chris Berry, farm separately in Bootheel Missouri but share many of the same ideas ... Read More »

Hybrid Rice Update

By Brian Otis, Ph. D. RiceTec Hybrid rice is changing the way rice is grown in America for the better. Hybrids gained an initial foothold in the U.S. market in 2003 and have achieved an average market growth of almost 40 percent per year over the past 10 years. Hybrid rice was quickly embraced by growers for its significant gain ... Read More »

Market Update

By Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter After not having a supply and demand report from the USDA in October due to the government shutdown, the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was highly anticipated by many of the commodity markets. For rice, the biggest changes made to the supply and demand situation were an increase in expected 2013 production ... Read More »

Wildlife Conservation: California Rice Commission explores avenues to help fund habitat projects

By Paul Buttner Environmental Affairs Manager, California Rice Commission There’s quite a bit of current activity in the conservation area as the California Rice Commission (CRC) continues building its “wildlife resume” and delivering programs to growers that help fund wildlife conservation projects. Our work includes exploring public sector opportunities, primarily focusing on Farm Bill programs, as well as examining market-based ... Read More »

Men With A Plan: Bootheel Missouri rice producers farm by what pays

By Carroll Smith Editor When Chris Berry began farming with his father, Ronnie told him that he had two rules. “Don’t rent any scrap ground and farm by the pencil. Farm by what pays.” Ronnie originally started farming with his brother, Richard, and they followed those same rules for many years. Today, Ronnie and Chris operate under two separate companies, ... Read More »

Rice fertility research

DR. JOHN SAICHUK LOUISIANA jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Fertility research is one of the oldest areas of agricultural research, which might insinuate there is little left to investigate. If that were true, we would not get so many questions from growers each year about rice fertility; these questions drive research Dr. Dustin Harrell has primary responsibility for rice fertility research in Louisiana. Several ... Read More »

Ag economist analyzes rice and soybean markets

By Dr. Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter From a fundamental supply and demand situation, the rice market continues to show signs of improvement. In its March supply and demand report, the USDA once again lowered ending stocks for the 2012/13 marketing year based on stronger export demand expectations for the remainder of the marketing year. Looking at the demand side of ... Read More »