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LSU AgCenter sets South Farm Field Day, June 12

LSU south farm field day

This year, the Acadia Parish Louisiana State University AgCenter will again be hosting the Acadia / LSU South Farm Field Day, June 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. We will have LSU AgCenter rice and soybean specialists give talks regarding rice varieties, agronomics, state update, rice diseases, rice insects, rice herbicides and soybean production. Most presentations, like in years past, will ... Read More »

California rice planting takes off after a delayed start

rice planting california

• By Ching Lee • After a late start, California rice planting is finally ramping up in the Sacramento Valley. Late spring rains kept fields wet and farmers from working their ground, shortening this year’s planting season, with some acres expected to be left fallow because farmers won’t have enough time to plant them. Colusa County grower Kurt Richter, who ... Read More »

University of Arkansas opens second annual irrigation yield contest

sealed flow meter

The 2019 Arkansas irrigation yield contest, “Most Crop per Drop,” is open for entries. “We are conducting a conservation yield competition measuring yield and water use for rice, soybeans and corn,” says Chris Henry, University of Arkansas associate professor. The contest is meant to encourage irrigation best management practices, such as computerized hole selection, sensor based irrigation scheduling and surge ... Read More »

Armyworms are on the march in California

• By Luis Espino, UC Rice Farming Systems Adviser, Butte and Glenn counties • The California armyworm monitoring season has started. The first traps were set April 19, and two more sites were set up on April 30. More traps will be set up in the following weeks as growers finish their ground work and get ready for planting. Interestingly, ... Read More »

University of Arkansas launches one-stop-shop for rice info

The University of Arkansas has created Rice Advisor, a one-stop-shopping-type webpage where producers can find Arkansas rice-related information and calculators in one location. Unlike many websites that are built for desktop computers and shrunk to fit smartphones or tablets, Rice Advisor was designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. The site serves as a landing spot for DD50 login, calculators for seeding ... Read More »

Horizon Ag sets Louisiana field day for June 25

horizon ag sign

The 2019 Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day, featuring Provisia Rice System variety PVL01; top-performing Clearfield rice varieties like CL153; CLJ01, an aromatic jasmine-type; and promising experimental lines will be held June 25 at Richard Farms near Kaplan, Louisiana. Horizon Ag partnered with BASF and the Louisiana State University AgCenter to bring the Provisia Rice System to market last season, and ... Read More »

Jennifer James elected to Riceland’s Board of Directors

jennifer james arkansas rice grower

When Jennifer Hare James joined the Riceland Foods’ Board of Directors, May 1, representing District 5, she became the first woman to do so in the cooperative’s 98-year history. James, who farms rice, soybeans and corn with her family near Newport, Arkansas, had served on Riceland’s Northeast District Drier Council board since 2003. “Always kind of in the back of ... Read More »

After Louisiana’s warm winter, watch out for more insect pests

planthopper nymphs

• By Blake Wilson and Sebe Brown • Populations of pest insects are often influenced by factors at play well before crops are planted. Winter mortality is a key regulator of spring insect populations, particularly for pests introduced from tropical regions. The 2018-2019 winter was mild, especially in the southern half of the state, where temperatures didn’t dip below a ... Read More »

MSU hires new irrigation specialist

Mississippi State University has hired Drew Gholson as an assistant professor and the irrigation specialist with the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center and the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer Water Center. He began his new job April 1 and replaces Jason Krutz, who was promoted to lead the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute. Gholson earned his bachelor’s in rangeland ... Read More »

MSU study: Rice water weevil densities vary within a row-rice field

MSU grad student Read Kelly

• By Jeff Gore and Dan Roach • Read Kelly, a graduate student under the direction of Jeff Gore, has been investigating the relationship and densities of rice water weevils in furrow-irrigated or row rice. During 2017 and 2018, Kelly conducted rice water weevil studies on 11 on-farm sites across the Mississippi Delta. Each location had a furrow-irrigated field compared ... Read More »