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RiceTec plans limited launch of the Max-Ace rice system this season

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Following Environmental Protection Agency approval in February, RiceTec and Adama plan to bring to market their new Max-Ace Rice Cropping Solution. The herbicide-tolerant rice cultivars, paired with Highcard herbicide, give rice growers another  weed control tool, high yield potential and a rice rotation alternative to the FullPage rice system and conventional offerings from RiceTec. Max-Ace rice cultivars, along with Highcard, ... Read More »

CSU researchers predict above-average hurricane season


Colorado State University hurricane researchers are predicting an above-average Atlantic hurricane season in 2021, citing the likely absence of El Niño as a primary factor. Tropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are near their long-term averages, while subtropical Atlantic sea surface temperatures are much warmer than their long-term average values. The warmer subtropical Atlantic also favors an active 2021 Atlantic hurricane ... Read More »

UC researchers seek cooperators for pyrethroid-resistant shrimp study

tadpole shrimp

• By Ian Grettenberger, Luis Espino and Madi Hendrick • Pyrethroids have been the go-to material of choice for tadpole shrimp management. Because they are widely used, there is a real concern that resistance to one or multiple active ingredients in this class (e.g., lambda cyhalothrin and zeta-cypermethrin). As many of you may have heard, resistance appears to have cropped ... Read More »

Tall wading bird has ravenous appetite for apple snails


A visitor from Florida that has taken up residence in Terrebonne Parish could be good news in Louisiana’s fight against the invasive apple snail. At least three pairs of limpkins (Aramus guarauna), a wading bird found primarily in Florida’s freshwater marshes, are now breeding in Terrebonne Parish. The upside is that limpkins have a ravenous appetite for apple snails, an ... Read More »

Invasive apple snails threaten Louisiana rice, crawfish production

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• 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 »

Corn, rice and soybean markets climb as USDA reports 2021 planting intentions

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As world markets slowly unfurl from the global knot of the COVID-19 pandemic, futures markets for both soybean and corn responded in a powerfully positive manner March 31 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Prospective Plantings Report. The report, conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, reflects producers’ intended acreage for crops across ... Read More »

California snowpack survey finds only 59% of average moisture

DWR snowpack survey

The Department of Water Resources conducted the fourth snow survey at the Phillips Station snow course April 1. The manual survey recorded 49.5 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 21 inches, which is 83% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the snowpack and is a key ... Read More »

USDA predicts 2.71 million acres of planted rice, or 11% less, for 2021

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its perspective planting report for 2021, and it shows a reduction in rice plantings of about 326,000 acres — or about 11% — nationwide compared to 2020. Based on surveys that asked growers how many acres they plant to plant, USDA projects about 2.71 million acres of planted rice ... Read More »

MSU’s targeted conservation tool helps improve profitability for farmers

wet spring rice in Mississippi

• By Vanessa Beeson • Two Mississippi State researchers and pioneers in the growing field of economically targeted conservation are showing farmers that making money off their land can be feasible even when the land isn’t producing. Wes Burger and Mark McConnell, MSU researchers in the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, are launching the MSU Precision Conservation Tool. The decision-making ... Read More »

Coronavirus assistance expands for producers

Express rice harvest

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced an expansion of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program. The Consolidated Appropriations Act 2021 provides additional CFAP assistance for producers of eligible row crops under CFAP 2. Row crops eligible for CFAP 2 include: alfalfa, amaranth grain, barley, buckwheat, canola, corn, Extra Long Staple (ELS) cotton, upland cotton, crambe (colewort), einkorn, emmer, ... Read More »