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With the season winding down, follow these tips to restock crawfish ponds

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• By Bruce Schultz • With crawfish season winding down, a Louisiana State University AgCenter crawfish specialist has written guidelines for stocking new ponds. “Now and the next few weeks would be a good time to stock ponds,” said Mark Shirley, also a Louisiana Sea Grant agent. “Most of the rice crop is tall and dense enough for crawfish to ... Read More »

Horizon Ag plans Louisiana field day for July 8 near Kaplan

Michael Fruge, Adam Famoso

Rice farmers will see and hear firsthand about the latest developments in the Provisia Rice System and new Clearfield variety CLL17, available for planting next season, at the 2020 Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day, July 8, near Kaplan, Louisiana. The field day will be at Richard Farms at 17720 Louisiana Highway 699, Kaplan, Louisiana, and begins with a field tour ... Read More »

Drier weather helps Mississippi growers catch up

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Row crop growers in Mississippi used a relatively dry May to make up for planting time lost earlier in the spring due to wet weather and soggy fields. As of May 24, planting progress for the state’s four major row crops was slightly behind their five-year averages but ahead of where it was at that time in 2019. According to ... Read More »

Global rice prices recede from peak, but some remain above pre-pandemic levels

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As several rice-exporting countries around the world begin to ease COVID-related export and other trade restrictions, global prices have become more competitive, falling from their peak earlier in May, according to an economic impact report from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Alvaro Durand-Morat, research assistant professor for the Division of Agriculture and ... Read More »

Anheuser Busch-Indigo partnership yields resource, methane reductions

anheuser busch jonesboro

Rice growers who last season participated in a pilot partnership formed by Anheuser-Busch and Indigo Ag were able to significantly reduce water use, nitrogen applications and greenhouse gas emissions. As a result, the two companies have decided to expand the program this season to 2.7 million bushels of rice from 2.2 million bushels in 2019, according to a news release. ... Read More »

Invasive apple snails threaten Louisiana rice, crawfish production

snail in crawfish trap

• By Blake Wilson, Julian Lucero and Mark Shirley • Invasive apple snails — sometimes called giant, golden or channeled apple snails — are native to South America but have been introduced into many regions. Several species of apple snails are invasive pests in many parts of Europe, Asia, and North and South America. But the species that has been ... Read More »

It’s all about timing

fertilizer in a rice field

Use plant growth stage and DD50 to gauge when best to make N applications. • By Jarrod Hardke • Proper nitrogen (N) management is all about timing. Whether we’re talking about preflood N, midseason N or boot N, we need to be on time to maximize yield and the economic return of the application. For all rice cultivars, whether varieties ... Read More »

If you had smut in 2019, plan to protect crops this season

false smut

Epidemic levels of kernel smut and false smut were prevalent in the 2019 Louisiana rice crop. While smuts have always been a common problem in northeast Louisiana and the Mississippi Delta rice-growing regions, smuts were never really a concern in southwest Louisiana. Over the past five years, sightings of smut in southwest Louisiana rice fields have increased a little bit ... Read More »

Numbers don’t tell the full story of the 2020 Arkansas planting season

planting rice trials Greene County, Ark

• By Ryan McGeeney • As anyone who’s ever seen their working conditions boiled down to a single pair of digits can tell you, big numbers don’t always tell the whole story. To see the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tell it, for example, the 14-day period that ended May 10 represented two weeks in a row in which seven out ... Read More »

Got hog damage? There’s an app for that

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According to a Mississippi State University research study, feral pigs cause $66 million in property damage in the Magnolia State each year. With the wild hog population increases and damage estimates constantly changing, it’s now easier to report and assess impacts with a newly designed MSU app. The “Feral Pig Damage” app makes it easy for users to report the ... Read More »