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California Rice Experiment Station cancels its August field day

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The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, which hosts the annual California Rice Field Day at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, has decided to cancel the event this year in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes the annual business meeting that is held as part of the field day. Historically, the California Rice Field Day has been held the ... Read More »

2020 is shaping up to be a bad rice water weevil year

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• By Nick Bateman, Gus Lorenz and Ben Thrash • We have received multiple phone calls over the past week about rice water weevils, and based on our observations, it is trending toward a bad rice water weevil year. This should come as no surprise with the mild winter we had this year. Many fields that have been flooded in ... Read More »

UA Pine Bluff teams with other agencies on feral hog program

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Feral hogs continue to be a major problem in Arkansas, causing more than $19 million yearly to the state’s agriculture industry alone, according the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. In addition to crop losses, feral hogs damage pastures, destroy wildlife habitat, pollute water and transmit disease to livestock and, in rare cases, to people. Feral hogs have been known to move ... Read More »

Erwin-Keith has named two long-grains licensed from UArk


Erwin-Keith Inc. has named the two long-grain rice varieties it licensed from the University of Arkansas earlier this year. They will be marketed under the Progeny Ag brand and be called ProGold 1 and ProGold 2. Under the agreement, the university’s Division of Agriculture’s Foundation Seed Program will produce foundation seed annually for the two long grains. Erwin-Keith Inc./Progeny Ag ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter Rice Field Day goes virtual

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• By Bruce Schultz • UPDATED — The 2020 field day at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley will be held online only because of the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. The internet presentations by Rice Research Station faculty is now available for viewing at “This virtual field day will allow our scientists ... Read More »

Rice, vegetable grower Rick Roth named Florida Farmer of the Year

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Florida Farm Bureau Federation has named Rick Roth of Palm Beach County as the 2020 Florida Farmer of the Year. A vegetable, herb, rice, sugarcane and sod producer, Roth is also a member of the Florida House of Representatives. This prestigious honor is awarded to a recipient by a panel of judges based upon success in agricultural production, the implementation ... Read More »

Louisiana rice crop off to a good start

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• By Bruce Schultz • This year’s rice crop is progressing well, and the recent Tropical Storm Cristobal had little effect, an LSU AgCenter rice expert said at the Evangeline Parish rice field day June 11. AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell said March temperatures were warmer than normal and were ideal for young rice, but April brought three cold fronts ... Read More »

South Louisiana Rail Facility to build rice mill

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The South Louisiana Rail Facility plans to develop an $11.6 million rice mill in Jefferson Davis Parish. Located at the Lacassine Industrial Park, SLRF is owned by the Jefferson Davis Parish Police Jury and can handle up to 25,000 bushels of rice per hour for storage and export. SLRF will invest $10 million to equip the new 15,000-square-foot facility, with ... Read More »

California grower partners with Japanese brewer on premium saké

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• By Jim Guinn • Rice harvested at Koda Farms, a Japanese-founded farm in Merced County, California, is being used to make saké at a brewery in the Japan Fukushima Prefecture city of Nihonmatsu. Koda Farms entered into an arrangement with the brewery, Ninki Shuzo, to provide ingredients for two new premium rice wines dubbed “Uka.” Ross Koda, a third-generation ... Read More »

Hail damages a portion of Southwest Louisiana’s rice crop

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• By Bruce Schultz • Rice plants are recovering from a hailstorm last week, but yield losses are expected in some fields. The storm hit on the night of May 26. The National Weather Service indicated hail up to 2 inches in diameter fell on a 200-square-mile area of southwest Louisiana, mostly north of Welsh and Jennings. Hail also was ... Read More »