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Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction seeks nominations for 2021 inductees

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is now accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2021, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish LSU AgCenter office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Dec. 1. The Hall of Distinction is a program of the Louisiana Radio ... Read More »

Arkansas group names UArk NERREC director Engineer of the Year

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The new Engineer of the Year for the Arkansas Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers says he’d glad to have traded his suits and dress shoes for muddy boots and dungarees. Tim Burcham, director of the Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center, or NERREC, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture was honored in ... Read More »

California farmers look to plant more rice in the Sacramento Delta

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• By Bob Johnson • Now in its second year, a long-term project intends to learn whether rice farming in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta can succeed economically while helping to preserve the region’s uniquely carbon-rich peat soils. Dawit Zeleke manages 350 acres of medium-grain rice on Staten Island in the delta for the Nature Conservancy, a worldwide environmental organization that ... Read More »

MSU’s 2020 Row Crop Short Course falls victim to COVID-19

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It is with great regret that we have cancelled the 2020 Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Due to the global pandemic, we see no viable way to conduct this event. Our team did not make this decision lightly and waited as late as possible before doing so. We are still operating under conditions that limit the number ... Read More »

Researchers use gene editing to develop bacterial-blight-resistant rice

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The Healthy Crops team, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have used gene tools to develop new varieties of disease-resistant rice that U.S. and Colombian regulators have determined are equivalent to what could be accomplished with conventional breeding. Bacterial blight can reduce rice yields by up to 70%, with the heaviest losses typically experienced by smallholder rice ... Read More »

Farmers, LSU AgCenter assess Hurricane Delta damage

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Delta cut a similar path through Louisiana as Hurricane Laura, with many crops still in the field affected by the second major storm to hit the state in six weeks. Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish, said a few farmers had damaged bins. He said some rice fields ready for second-crop harvest ... Read More »

Sentera teams with Anheuser-Busch to forecast crop nitrogen demand

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Sentera has partnered with Anheuser-Busch to deliver critical grower-level insights to forecast nitrogen demand in rice production. The technology, delivered using advanced remote sensing tools, will empower growers to improve productivity and profitability by optimizing nitrogen use, according to a news release. Anheuser-Busch’s agronomy team will deploy the technology to make precise, field-level nutrient and nitrogen recommendations to help rice ... Read More »

Déjà vu as Hurricane Delta hits Louisiana rice country

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• By Kane Webb • Let me begin by stating that those of us in southwest Louisiana, particularly in the rice industry, have decided we want to officially cancel our subscription to the Hurricane of the Month club! This past weekend, southwest Louisiana and areas northward felt the winds and heavy rains of Hurricane Delta, which made landfall on the ... Read More »

UArk Extension leads outreach for state’s wild hog eradication program

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• By Ryan McGeeney • County agents with the Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will serve as a leading edge in educating Arkansans about potential damages posed by feral hogs and the state’s efforts to eradicate them. Feral hogs are an invasive species known for damaging both agricultural and wild areas, often ... Read More »

UArk hires University of Missouri rice breeder

• By Fred Miller • Christian De Guzman has joined the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture as an assistant professor and rice breeder at the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart. De Guzman was a rice breeder and researcher at Southeast Missouri State University’s Rice Research Farm in Malden for four years before joining the Arkansas Agricultural ... Read More »