Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Quality Matters: Breeding for Quality is Paramount

Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, University of Arkansas Dr. Ed Redona, Mississippi State University, DREC Dr. Xueyan Sha, University of Arkansas In 2010, rice quality came to the forefront of the industry when the northern part of the Southern rice-production area experienced an extremely hot growing season, and rice quality fell across the board. The USA Rice ... Read More »

New varieties look promising

CL 153 Clearfield rice

Rice breeders continue to bring outstanding options to the marketplace. By Carroll Smith One facet of production of which the U.S. rice industry is most proud is the work done by its rice breeders. They are always looking for the “next big thing” to help provide another tool for U.S. rice producers to be more competitive in the world market. ... Read More »

A dream come true


Direct-farmer marketing pays off with a rough rice shipment to Mexico. If we begin with the premise that rice producers today have lost most of the assistance they used to receive from Washington, then marketing their harvests takes on an even greater importance. Pricing the crop is pretty much it; there are not a lot of chances to make money ... Read More »

A pretty good year, considering…

Despite the drought and a localized armyworm infestation, this season produced some very strong yields. By Randall “Cass” Mutters An overview of the 2015 rice-growing season in California would not be complete without mention of the ongoing drought. Statewide, the last rainy season (October 2014 through April 2015) brought only a small fraction of the state’s average precipitation; snow pack ... Read More »

Who says you can’t go home?

Vicky Boyd

Until about 10 years ago when Rice Farming Magazine was sold to One Grower Publishing, I was at home as editor of the publication. Veteran agricultural journalist Carroll Smith stepped in as editor and has kept the magazine on its successful course. Imagine my elation when I received a recent phone call from One Grower publisher Lia Guthrie inviting me ... Read More »

Let’s breathe a collective sigh of relief that the trying 2015 season is over

Dr. Jarrod T. Hardke Arkansas Rice Extension Agronomist University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service If I had told growers in January that they should plant their rice in May to achieve the best yields and that mid-April would be terrible, I’d have been laughed out of every room. But I would’ve been right. Against long-term trends that say “the ... Read More »

A well-deserved halo

Industry’s sustainable practices put it in a good environmental light. By Betsy Ward President and CEO USA Rice Federation The concept of “sustainability” has exploded into the national consciousness over the past 15 years. It is a word that is ubiquitous but a concept that can prove difficult to define. There is no doubt, however, that sustainability is a concept ... Read More »

Industry News

NRCS Awards UA Grant to Help Healthy Soils, Happy Rice effort The Natural Resources Conservation Service has awarded the University of Arkansas a $75,000 Conservation Innovation Grant to study the benefits of winter cover crops for rice. The funds will be used by the university’s Healthy Soils, Happy Rice effort to demonstrate how winter cover crops can improve soil health ... Read More »

A rollercoaster ride

Weaker demand and lower prices replace bullish start to marketing year. By Kurt Guidry The rice market is starting to feel similar to a rollercoaster ride with highs and lows. After starting at extremely low levels in June and July, prices made a sustained move higher over the next couple of months. Momentum from lower acreage and lower production along ... Read More »

Rice Advice: BD Fontenot

B.D. Fontenot Crop Production Services Eunice, La. • B.S., Agronomy, University of Southwestern Louisiana • Certified Crop Consultant • Consults on rice and soybeans • Has consulted for 25 years • Very active in the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association (LACA) • Married to wife, Laurie. One son: Jacques (wife, Shelley). Two grandchildren: Rose, 5; and Finn, 4 • Enjoys colt ... Read More »