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LSU AgCenter rebuilds flood-damaged Vermilion Parish office

new LSU AgCenter parish office in Abbeville

Vermilion Parish and Abbeville, Louisiana, officials recently cut the ribbon on a new Louisiana State University AgCenter parish office, replacing the old one that as damaged by August 2016 flooding. AgCenter agent Andrew Granger thanked the Vermilion Parish Police Jury for funding the construction. The police jury called a special election for a proposition to rededicate money to fund the ... Read More »

Weed Control Options In Conventional Rice

The 2018 Mississippi rice season was tough, but we ended up with decent yields in most fields. Delays in application timing and levee preparation along with herbicide resistance and hot, dry conditions in May challenged weed control programs. Early planted rice was the easiest to manage. We got good stands, and the herbicides performed well in the wetter, cooler environment. ... Read More »

Several Factors Affect Weed Control Program

Looking back at the 2018 season, cooler temperatures resulted in some of the best yields we have seen in a long time. This was pretty much the case for all rice growing regions in California. We also learned we have at least two new species of watergrass that are resistant to almost all the current chemistries. This makes good weed ... Read More »

Kellogg’s approves Titan medium grain for use in its cereals

Dr. sha

The Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan, will now accept contracts for Titan medium-grain for a portion of its 2019 volume of rice for cereal, based on an announcement the company made in December 2019. Titan is a high-yield, very short-season, medium-grain rice variety released from the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture’s rice breeding program in 2015. It offers ... Read More »

New kids on the block

AR1111 new Arkansas Clearfield long-grain

Horizon Ag, University of Arkansas join to introduce two Clearfield varieties. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • In partnership with the University of Arkansas and BASF, Horizon Ag plans to introduce two Clearfield varieties for seed production this season and for commercial planting in 2020. The new long grain and new medium grain were released by the University of Arkansas and ... Read More »

Get ready for a robot invasion in rice fields

Vicky Boyd

The folks behind Harvest CROO, a robotic strawberry harvester nearing commercialization, recently sent a press release about how the automated machine can pick at least 20 hours per day, including weekends, and harvest 95 percent of the fruit off a plant. One of the masterminds behind the machine is Florida strawberry grower Gary Wishnatzki, who was having a tough time ... Read More »

Large rice stocks continue to weigh heavily on the market, prices

saturated fields

• By Kurt Guidry • The rice market has been quiet over the past couple of months with cash prices moving in a fairly narrow range. Some of this lackluster activity has been the normal seasonal slowdown typical of the holidays and the start of the new calendar year. But some of the quietness has been due to a lack fundamental ... Read More »

Consider a seed treatment to boost seedling vigor

seedling disease

Early season disease management is becoming increasingly important as Texas rice farmers trend toward planting earlier at lower seeding rates (about 50 percent of Texas rice acreage is planted to hybrids). Clearly, the earlier plantings have a better chance of producing both high-yielding main and ratoon crops. But planting earlier means exposing seed to lower temperatures and possibly wetter soil, ... Read More »

The name says it all

Bill weller and family

California rice producer and Farmers Brewing founder grows ingredients, brews craft beer on his farm • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Bill Weller’s dream of becoming a vertically integrated rice producer and commercial craft brewer are finally coming to fruition after lengthy permitting and weather delays. “I always wanted to do this, but we’ve been busy growing the farm over the ... Read More »

New tool helps farmers connect with conservation programs

geese in a winter rice field

Farmers know more than anyone the importance of good tools. To get the job done, you need the right tools, and if you don’t have them, the work will be harder, take longer and won’t yield the same results. We at USA Rice understand all too well how low farm-gate prices, rising input costs and our country’s many trade disputes ... Read More »