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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 »

Got weeds? UArk needs your help — fill out a weed survey

Just a reminder, if you have not already done so, please take the 2020 Arkansas Rice Weeds Survey. The survey includes questions detailing general rice weed management strategies, economics, herbicide resistance and barnyardgrass. It should take roughly 12 minutes to complete. Information gathered from the survey will provide allow us to better understand your current rice weed management concerns and ... Read More »

USA Rice seeks nominations for annual sustainability award

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• By Lydia Holmes • While this year may look very different in many ways, the sustainability efforts of the U.S. rice industry continue with renewed commitment. Take time to recognize the crop’s unique environmental qualities and the diligent men and women who improve rice’s sustainability every day by nominating them for the 2020 USA Rice Sustainability Award. The annual ... Read More »

Despite a few road bumps, farmer-owned brewery is up and brewing

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Despite delays caused by permitting and rain, Northern California rice producer and fifth-generation farmer Bill Weller finally began realizing his dream of producing farm-to-glass craft beers in his own brewery in January. The 40-barrel Farmers Brewing facility is located on the family’s farming operation north of Princeton, with Weller growing the medium-grain Calrose rice, ... Read More »

Rain from Tropical Storm Beta further bogs down Arkansas harvest

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• By Ryan McGeeney • In the month that followed the high winds and rain that Tropical Storm Laura swept into Arkansas as the corn and rice harvests were set to commence, the state’s growers have seen stop-and-start progress at best. Now, as a week of steady rain continues to bog fields, rice and soybean growers are likely to fall ... Read More »