Author Archives: Vicky

Horizon Ag launches new Clearfield medium grain, CLM04

clm04 clearfield medium grain

Horizon Ag has launched CLM04, a new Clearfield medium-grain that will be commercially available to growers for the 2020 planting season. Developed by Dr. Xueyan Sha at the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center, CLM04 has shown tremendous yield potential and stability, improved blast tolerance compared to Jupiter, and milled grain characteristics similar to those found in Jupiter ... Read More »

Get to know the wild side of feral hogs

wild pig, texas

Whether you refer to them as feral hogs or wild pigs, Sus scrofa is a species that is negatively affecting nearly every part of Texas as well as several other Southern states. Not only do wild pigs wreak havoc on pastures, fields and golf courses, they contaminate our water sources and destroy native species. They can also spread disease to ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction seeking nominations

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 26, 2020, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish Louisiana State University AgCenter Extension office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Nov. 22. The Hall of Distinction is a program of the ... Read More »

Texas rice producers faced tough 2019, yields likely below average

bay city, Texas, rice harvest

Texas rice growers faced a challenging 2019 due to early and late-season rains, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Dr. Ted Wilson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center director, Beaumont, said reports on yields and quality are too preliminary to determine likely outcomes, but he expects a below-average year due to late plantings and late rains that ... Read More »

As Arkansas harvest rolls, growers enjoy higher prices

offloading rice

The “store and hold” strategy employed by many rice growers in 2018 has finally paid off, as rice prices rallied in 2019, hinging largely on record prevented planting acreage and general uncertainty about the year’s crop size. According to a rice stocks report released late August by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, rough rice stocks for ... Read More »

Overcoming a slow start, California rice farmers expect a good crop

california rice harvest

• By Ching Lee • If early harvest results are any indication of things to come, California rice farmers say they should have a decent crop this year with good market conditions to match. Except for the late May rains that caused delays in planting for many growers, Colusa County farmer Don Traynham said the “very mild, good growing season” ... Read More »

Arkansas scientists investigate effects of high night temperatures on rice quality

rice growth chambers

Arkansas scientists are working to develop rice varieties that are tolerant of Arkansas’ frequent high nighttime air temperatures, a condition that can significantly reduce yields and post-harvest quality. Paul Counce, a University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture professor and rice physiologist, is leading the high nighttime air temperature rice research in the division’s Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. “We began ... Read More »

Producer meetings offer crawfish raising tips

crawfish traps

Crawfish season may be just around the corner, but a Louisiana State University AgCenter crawfish expert said it’s still too early to start flooding fields. LSU AgCenter and Sea Grant crawfish specialist Mark Shirley said straw and vegetation in the fields that have been flooded would deteriorate, depleting oxygen in the hot water. Fields that become flooded from rain should ... Read More »

Food bank donations highlight National Rice Month

louisiana rice industry leaders

• By Bruce Schultz • Louisiana rice industry leaders kicked off the National Rice Month with donations of rice totaling almost 32,000 pounds to area food banks. A donation of 15,000 pounds of rice to the Second Harvest Food Bank was made by area rice mills, including Supreme Rice Mill of Crowley; Planters Rice Mill of Abbeville; Farmers Rice Mill ... Read More »

America Calrose medium-grain rice debuts in Costco stores in Japan

calrose sampling in japanese costco

Costco stores in Japan have just completed a first-of-a-kind tasting test of American-grown white Calrose rice. The successful testing brings the product one step closer to being sold alongside other popular American products at Costco and other retail stores throughout Japan, according to a news release. In-store food tastings were conducted this September at 20 of the 26 Costco outlets ... Read More »