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USA Rice truck tour gives away free rice cookers to help dispel fears of cooking rice. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • USA Rice took to the road this fall to promote the virtues of U.S.-grown rice and try to demystify cooking of the grain. As part of the #RideWithRice program, USA Rice staff in a bright green decorated pick-up truck ... Read More »

Commitment to the land

Durands 4R's

Louisiana brothers embrace the 4R’s to nurture soil and improve production • By Vicky Boyd Editor • Even before the term “sustainable” was popular, the Durands had adopted production practices that conserved and enhanced the natural resources on their rice and crawfish operation in St. Martin Parish, southeast of Lafayette, Louisiana. Over the years, the Durands have received multiple awards for ... Read More »

Would a rice by any other name still smell as sweet?

Vicky Boyd

Numbers don’t lie. For the 2018-19 rice marketing year, imports are expected to comprise more than 24 percent of domestic rice use — a record, according to figures from U.S. Department of Agriculture ag economist Nathan Childs. Of that, most will be Thai jasmine. Just 20 years ago, imports made up about 8 percent of domestic use. Although some of ... Read More »

Clean fields

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Extremely grassy season put the new Provisia Rice System to the test • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Growers with resistant weedy rice who planted the first commercial Provisia rice variety in 2018 say the decision was a “no-brainer,” even though they knew it had a slightly lower yield potential. The alternative would have been either suffering significant yield loss due ... Read More »

Growers have new tools in their toolbox for 2019

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We have been fortunate to see new products on the market for rice over the past few years. These products have put more tools in the toolbox for us to use to manage our rice crop. In 2018, we saw three new herbicides (Loyant, Gambit and Provisia), one new herbicide premix (RiceOne), one fungicide (AmistarTop) and of course, the new ... Read More »

The Farm Bill gets in under the wire

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After more than two years of work, discussing and debating policies and ironing out the kinks, the 2018 Farm Bill has finally been passed and signed into law, and it’s due largely in part to the perseverance and hard work of USA Rice members. You told us what you needed from the Farm Bill, and we took it to Capitol ... Read More »

Southwest Louisiana meetings provide production advice to farmers

2019 Crowley LSU AgCenter winter rice meeting

• By Bruce Schultz • In a series of meetings in southwest Louisiana, Louisiana State University AgCenter experts offered farmers advice for growing their 2019 crop. Farmers met recently in Welsh, Abbeville, Ville Platte and Crowley only a few weeks from the start of planting season. AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso says a new line of Provisia rice, PVL108, in development ... Read More »

California rolls out new Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program

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The California Rice Commission has been working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish rules for new California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program. These rules, published in the Department’s Public Solicitation Notice, establish the provisions for receiving and evaluating grower/landowner applications and how the habitat contracts will be administered. The PSN provides the most detailed information ... Read More »

University of Arkansas to host several water management/irrigation schools

Chris Henry irrigation school

Arkansas crop producers who want to get a better handle on water use in 2019 will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation/water management schools. “The schools are small groups with short instruction and include practical exercises,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Surge/soil moisture sensor schools ... Read More »