Author Archives: Vicky

Market momentum continues as rough, milled exports remain strong

rice loading on ship

• By Kurt Guidry • The rice market continues to slowly move up as tighter supplies and generally strong demand has helped to support higher prices. While the December 2019 World Supply and Demand Estimates report did not provide many significant changes from the previous month, the changes it did make reinforced the perceived strong market demand and tighter overall ... Read More »

Optimism welcomes a new, and better, year

Every year around this time, many of us make resolutions, looking forward to the new year and imagining how we can make the world a better place and improve ourselves. It’s a time of new beginnings, fresh starts and optimism! There’s no doubt 2019 was hard: Prices and acreage were down; uncertainty plagued the trade front; and weather, where the ... Read More »

Variety selection, early planting critical to high-yielding crops

M-210 medium grain

We have had some good ground working weather in the Texas Rice Belt during November and December, so proactive farmers are breaking and leveling ground in preparation for the 2020 rice crop. This fall/winter preparation is crucial to planting early — some Texas rice farmers try to plant as early as mid-February. Early planting allows for avoiding late summer and ... Read More »

University of Arkansas releases 2 conventional varieties

lynx

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture recently released two conventional rice varieties: Jewel, a long grain, and Lynx, a medium grain. Both will be available to seed producers in 2020 and available commercially in 2021. Jewel Jewel is a new high-yielding mid-season long-grain variety from the breeding program of Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, a professor at the Rice Research ... Read More »

Cheers!

rock town distillery

Arkansas rice stars in bourbon from Little Rock’s Rock Town Distillery • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • By definition, bourbon whiskey must be made in the United States and be at least 51% corn, but that means 49% can be other grains. For Phil Brandon, founder of Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock, Arkansas, the natural choice for one of ... Read More »

Put to the test

craig hamm, marcus pousson

FullPage hybrids performed as expected during challenging 2019 season • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Despite challenging conditions, RiceTec’s FullPage herbicide-tolerant rice system performed as expected during the 2019 season with improved imidazolinone tolerance and agronomic traits similar to current Clearfield rice hybrids. The Alvin, Texas-based hybrid rice development company had about 20 farm-scale FullPage demonstrations planted from South Texas ... Read More »

Program provides leadership succession planning

Vicky Boyd

As I looked out at the attendees of the recent rice leadership program alumni dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas, I couldn’t help but notice how many of today’s leaders were graduates of the program. Possibly even more heartening was the large number of young people who had recently completed the program and were poised to take on industry leadership rolls. ... Read More »

Horizon Ag Varieties Offer Advantages for 2020 Season

As the 2020 rice planting season approaches, farmers will again be faced with the opportunity to select the best seed adapted for their region and growing conditions, with the potential to return the greatest profit. Factors like seed emergence, weed control, disease resistance, yield potential and quality all are critical. Horizon Ag rice varieties, fortunately, check all those boxes. “It ... Read More »

Despite wet winter, UC yield contest winners still cut 100-plus cwt/acre

UCCE yield contest

• By Bruce Linquist • In 2015, University of California Cooperative Extension started the UCCE Rice Yield Contest as a pilot study in Butte County. The contest has now expanded to include all of the Sacramento Valley.Because of potential regional yield differences, the valley was divided into regions (1-NE, 2-NW, 3-S) using the Sacramento River and Highway 20 as dividing ... Read More »

University of Arkansas releases new Clearfield long grain for seed production

CLL16

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor •  The University of Arkansas has released CLL16 — a new Clearfield long-grain variety — for seed production in 2020. It will be available commercially to growers in 2021. From the breeding program of Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, the variety has the taller upright architecture of many of her other releases. CLL16 plant height averages 36 ... Read More »