Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Will ‘Godzilla’ of an El Niño be a boon or a bust?

Vicky Boyd

In this day and age when the Kardashians can pass for entertainment and a reality TV star can run for president, it’s no surprise that the current El Niño has been dubbed “Godzilla” because of its potential star power. Although much of the attention has been focused on how this weather event will help California’s lingering drought, it also is ... Read More »

‘¿Quien tiene arroz?’

RMTC in Houston offers opportunities to network with international buyers, vendors and other participants. Mark your calendar — the Rice Market & Technology Convention is coming to Houston, May 31–June 2. Judging from early comments from participants and confirmed exhibitors, the 2016 edition will be another great opportunity to meet the rice buyers, sellers, shippers, grower leadership, seed technology, research, ... Read More »

A man of many hats

Charley Mathews Jr. takes a detail-oriented approach to growing rice, dryer operations and industry leadership. By Vicky Boyd Editor For Charley Mathews Jr., growing a high-quality rice crop profitably and efficiently is only part of the equation. The 49-year-old Marysville, Calif., producer says he also feels compelled to repay the industry for time investments made by others before him. “The ... Read More »

Industry News

Texas Rice Grower Nabs Farm Bureau Awards Timothy and Lindy Gertson, who grow rice, sorghum, soybeans and wheat near Lissie, Texas, were named winners of the 2015 Texas Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher competition at the group’s recent annual meeting in Arlington. Although Timothy is a fifth-generation rice farmer, he didn’t sit back and wait to inherit the ... Read More »

Vigilant Weed Control Pays Off

Amy Beth Dowdy ABD Crop Consultants, LLC Dexter, Mo. B.S., Agronomy, Mississippi State University Consults only on rice in the Missouri Bootheel Member of the National Alliance of Independent Crop Consultants Executive Board 2011-15 2010 NAICC Consultant of the Year Member of the Stoddard County Fair Board. Serves on the Livestock Committee and is in charge of 4-H and FFA ... Read More »

Effective Weed Control Crucial For Good Crop

Hans Herkert Growers Ag Service Yuba City, Calif. B.S., Ag Business, Chico State University Licensed Pest Control Adviser Certified Crop Adviser Member of California Association of Pest Control Advisers Vice president of CAPCA Sutter Buttes Chapter Board of directors, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Has consulted for five years on rice, walnuts, tomatoes, prunes, wheat, beans, alfalfa and sunflowers Enjoys working, duck ... Read More »

Nutrient Stewartship

rice planter

California Growers Will Need to Log Nitrogen Use as Part of a Statewide Ag Water Quality Program. By Vicky Boyd Editor Beginning this year, California rice producers will have to comply with the requirements of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program, a water quality program implemented as waste discharge requirements. California rice continues with a commodity-specific program based on years of ... Read More »

Rice Outlook Recap

multiple inlet rice irrigation

Take a look at what you missed at the 2015 Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans. If you weren’t able to attend the recent 2015 Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans, Rice Farming editor Vicky Boyd has compiled some of the highlights, including new products that were featured in the conference expo. Delta Plastics offers free multiple-inlet planning software Delta ... Read More »

Specialist Speaking

Select Hybrids, Varieties for Profitability Dr. Jarrod Hardke Arkansas Rice Research Entomologist, University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service jhardke@uaex.edu Given current economic conditions, each decision has a major impact on having a positive return for the season, and it all starts with rice cultivar selection. While minimizing risk, we also need to maximize our profit potential. Plant several different cultivars ... Read More »

Outlook is not ducky

ducks in winter rice

California’s lingering drought impacts overwintering waterfowlby reducing flooded rice acreage. By Vicky Boyd Editor California’s 4-year-old drought not only has meant irrigation curtailments and planting reductions for rice producers, it also has reduced the amount of water available to flood fields after harvest for waterfowl. Winter-flooded rice fi elds play a signifi cant role in providing habitat for overwintering birds, ... Read More »