Author Archives: Blaire Hall

Early Weed Control Helps Protect Yields

  Matt Huston Wilbur-Ellis Company Woodland, Calif. I grew up on a pear ranch in Placerville. During the summer months, while attending UC Davis, I worked for a company in Yuba City consulting on tree crops. After college, I landed a job at John Taylor Fertilizers in Sacramento. There were very few orchards in the area, so I quickly learned ... Read More »

Arkansas Century Farm Applications Due May 31

The Arkansas Agriculture Department would like to remind potential applicants that it is accepting applications for the 2015 Arkansas Century Farm program. The program recognizes Arkansas’s rich agricultural heritage and honors families who have owned and farmed the same land for at least 100 years. The program is voluntary and places no restrictions on the land. Since the program’s inception ... Read More »

Great Strides, Great Sacrifices’

California rice farmers reduced water usage long before the drought By Tim Johnson California Rice Commission In the upcoming weeks, the Sacramento Valley will look far from a drought. Farmers will start planting crops, joining the already fully leafed orchards. It will be verdant. To add to the illusion, rice planting will begin with acres of shallow flooded lands. You ... Read More »

Life has been good but not easy

As a huge college football fan, particularly the SEC, I love watching the “SEC Storied” documentary series, launched by ESPN films in September 2011. Being a college football fan in the off-season is difficult, so I look for anything related to football to fill the gap until the upcoming games begin. I was thrilled to discover the “SEC Storied” series, ... Read More »

Specialist Speaking

Dr. Jarrod Hardke Arkansas Rice Research Entomologist, University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service Later planting increases disease risk A wet spring leading to delayed planting results in plenty of issues in rice. Beyond the concerns of potential yield reductions and a late harvest, later planting typically increases the chances of running into increased disease problems. Late planting increases the ... Read More »

Gorrill Ranch

Pursuing excellence since 1918 Ralph Gorrill was born in 1884 in Oakland, Calif., the county seat of Alameda County and a teeming agricultural region. In 1917, he put his engineering background to work by helping to lay out and construct what is now part of historic 99E Highway between Durham and Nelson. While working on this project, a parcel of ... Read More »

Trans Pacific Partnership

USRPA will continue to work with the Mexican Rice Council to negotiate a satisfactory outcome for the TPP. Mexico is the largest market for U.S. rice, and it appears that one of the consequences of the new Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) free trade agreement is to take that market away. It is clear that our negotiating team thinks autos, computers ... Read More »

Reduce Cost, Not Quality

Passion, preparedness and perseverance pay off John Durand’s father was one of nine children raised in the agriculture industry. He farmed for a short time but left to start a construction company – the only sibling to break from the family business. However, Durand chose the path of generations before him. As a kid, he spent time each summer on ... Read More »

All factors suggest another year of lower prices

By Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter The rice market has been in a mostly downward trending pattern since the start of 2015. Large production and supplies from the 2014 crop have laid heavy on this market, seeing futures prices falling from around $12 per hundredweight ($19.44 per barrel) to start 2015 to the current level around $10 per hundredweight ($16.20 per ... Read More »

Is Scouting For Rice Diseases Effective?

Scout for presence and level of disease in each field By Don Groth LSU AgCenter In times when rice prices are low, producers must keep production costs low. One area to save money is on fungicide applications. Applying a fungicide when needed can greatly improve the return you receive from a crop. But applying a fungicide when it is not ... Read More »