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Insect pests pose problems for late-planted crops, including rice

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When relentless spring rains pushed the planting window wide open, entomologists predicted problems for Arkansas row-crops. That has certainly proven true for the state’s late-planted cotton, soybeans and rice, said Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Rice Lorenz said stink bug numbers are “incredible” in 2019. “And they just keep coming,” he said. ... Read More »

Got disease? UCCE will be checking as part of burn plan reapproval

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University of California Cooperative Extension is surveying for rice diseases this fall. The objective is to document the incidence of diseases in Sacramento Valley rice fields to justify to the California Air Resources Board the industry needs to continue burning 25% of its acreage annually. Every five years, the air board has to reapprove the straw burning program. One reason ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter plans crawfish workshops

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The Louisiana State University AgCenter will host five crawfish meetings in south Louisiana to help producers get ready for the upcoming season. “Pond management, including water and vegetation management, are among the topics that will be addressed,” said Mark Shirley, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant crawfish specialist. Shirley and Greg Lutz, also an LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant ... Read More »

USA Rice Outlook Conference registration opens

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Registration for the USA Rice Outlook Conference, the largest rice-specific event in North America, opened this week. USA Rice has added to the conference this year to ensure the event’s tagline, “If Rice is Your Business, This is Your Meeting,” holds true. “In addition to general sessions with powerful speakers, we will feature more than 15 hours of educational programming ... Read More »

Nature Conservancy teams with Kellogg’s to give away pump timers

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With financial support from Kellogg’s, The Nature Conservancy plans to give away and install Murphy pump timers to rice producers within Arkansas’ Cache River watershed. The region, centered around Newport and Walnut Ridge, is an area both groups are targeting to increase conservation practices, said Guilherme Prezotti, Delta project manager for The Nature Conservancy. As part of the conservation effort, ... Read More »

Monitoring armyworms in rice helps reduce damage

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Armyworms can be a serious pest in rice as the larvae can eat the rice leaves or panicles and cause yield reductions. In 2015, a severe outbreak of armyworms caught California rice growers by surprise, resulting in yield losses. In a 2018 survey conducted by University of California Cooperative Extension, rice growers reported average yield losses in 2015 ranging from ... Read More »

MU plans $6.5 million investment in ag research centers, including Fisher

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright

University of Missouri officials plan to make a $6.5 million investment in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes 15 facilities statewide. Among them is the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, which focuses on rice, cotton and irrigation. The investment will enhance the university’s ability to share next-generation agricultural technologies developed by MU researchers with Missouri’s farmers and ranchers. ... Read More »

California Rice Field Day showcases varietal advancements

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Rice breeders at the California Rice Experiment Station are on a roll, having released nine improved varieties in the past 10 years. And their success appears to be continuing as they have two lines — 12Y2175 and 14Y1006 — being considered for potential release in the next few years, said Virgilio “Butz” Andaya, director ... Read More »

Northern California rice producer honored for industry service

Clint Rehermann, Tim Johnson

The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation recently honored Butte County rice producer Frank Rehermann for his years of industry leadership, including 20 serving on the California Rice Commission. In presenting the California Rice Industry Award, CRC President and CEO Tim Johnson described the numerous trips Rehermann made to Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of California rice growers. “When he ... Read More »