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For the most troublesome weed in rice, the winner is …

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The latest survey conducted by the Weed Science Society of America shows that Palmer amaranth is the hardest to control weed in grass crops, while foxtail species are the most prevalent. More than 315 weed scientists across the United States and Canada participated in the survey, which was conducted during 2020. Seven categories of grass crops were included, covering weeds ... Read More »

EPA approves fungicide premix with proprietary nanotechnology

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The Environmental Protection Agency has registered AZterknot fungicide from Vive Crop Protection for use on a wide array of crops, including rice, corn, cotton, peanuts and soybeans.  It is a premix of a traditional fungicide, azoxystrobin, and a biological, an extract of Reynoutria sachalinensis. They are delivered using Allosperse, a proprietary nano-polymer technology developed by Vive that allows previously incompatible products to ... Read More »

Koch acquires Compass Mineral North American micronutrient assets

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Koch Agronomic Services LLC has completed its acquisition of Compass Minerals’ North American micronutrient assets, the global intellectual property rights with trademarks and patents, and certain other assets associated with Wolf Trax, Rocket Seeds and Hydro Bullet product platforms. In early April, Koch announced an agreement to purchase Compass’ North American micronutrient assets. “The agreement with Compass Minerals is consistent ... Read More »

Help guide irrigation researchers by taking this survey

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Help us by participating in an irrigation survey. The questions in this survey are only about furrow- or flood-irrigated croplands. Flood-irrigated croplands still play an important role in supplying food, feed and fiber demands in the United States but have received less national attention in recent years compared to sprinkler and drip irrigation methods. Information from this survey will be ... Read More »

Cultural management practices can affect methane emissions in rice

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Methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) are both considered greenhouse gases which can be lost from agricultural fields. In general, flooded agricultural fields display a higher methane loss while upland fields display a higher nitrous oxide loss. New rice cultural management practices such as furrow-irrigated rice (row rice) and alternate wetting and drying (AWD) may result in less methane with ... Read More »

Take steps to prevent giant snails from spreading in Louisiana

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• By Vernon Miller • Calling them the densest he’s ever seen, Louisiana State University AgCenter entomologist Blake Wilson was startled to find invasive apple snail egg masses in St. James Parish. But he said preventative measures, and a little help from Mother Nature, can mitigate the spread and potential damage to the crawfish industry. Wilson, who specializes in agriculture ... Read More »

UArk honors Frank Carey, Jeff Rutledge as oustanding alumni

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Frank Carey and Jeff Rutledge have been named 2021 outstanding alumni by the University of Arkansas’ Department of Crop, Soil and Environmental Sciences in the Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences. Carey is the Outstanding Ph.D. Alumnus and Rutledge the Outstanding B.S./M.S. Alumnus. Carey is the senior regulatory expert manager for Valent USA in Olive Branch, Mississippi. ... Read More »

MSU trials look at seed treatment combinations

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• By Jeff Gore, Don Cook, Whitney Crow and Angus Catchot • A lot of rice has been planted in the state over the last couple of weeks, and most of it had an insecticide seed treatment as we recommend. The most common insecticide seed treatments in rice are one of the neonicotinoids Cruiser or NipSit. All of our research ... Read More »

Cool weather stresses young Louisiana rice plants

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• By Bruce Schultz • Cool weather is taking its toll on young rice plants in south Louisiana while north Louisiana farmers are still waiting for fields to be dry enough for planting. Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter agronomist, said rice plant health will improve with warmer weather. He said a seedling blight fungus has been found in some fields. “The ... Read More »

AR Game & Fish offers payments to rice producers for habitat, hunting access

Arkansas Game & Fish program

The Arkansas Waterfowl Rice Incentive Conservation Enhancement program was developed by Arkansas Game and Fish Commission biologists to help keep waste rice available for ducks, geese and other migrating birds when they pass through each winter. It has recently been expanded to allow weekend permitted public waterfowl hunting opportunities on participating rice fields. Farmers may still operate and harvest their ... Read More »