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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 »

UF/IFAS entomologists give reason to celebrate rice in Florida

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Rice, a global grain consumed by more than half the world’s population, totes unique versatility unlike other grains throughout history. Each country and culture has made the grain its own as center of the plate, a side and even as an ingredient in desserts. It is no surprise that rice reserves a special spot as a staple celebrated first during ... Read More »

Riceland Foods launches water-saving initiative

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Through the Ingrain Good initiative, Riceland Foods and its farmer members aim to reduce water use in rice production by 250 billion gallons by 2025 in Arkansas and Missouri. The co-op and its members plan to do this through the promotion, adoption and implementation of efficient irrigation tools and techniques, according to a news release. Water-use efficiency has been a ... Read More »

UPDATED: CA to ban gas-powered cars, trucks by 2035; heavy-duty trucks follow

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued an executive order that would ban the sale of new gas-powered passenger cars and light duty trucks by 2035. Any new sales after the deadline would have to be 100% zero-emission vehicles. In the same order, Newsom called for medium- and heavy-duty trucks to be 100% zero-emission by 2045, where feasible. He also set ... Read More »

Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass management: Now is the time!

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• By Daniel Stephenson and Josh Copes • Glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass has been an issue in the mid-South for the past 10 to 15 years. In Louisiana, growers have been battling this pest for five to 10 years, and the problem is spreading each year. Louisiana does not have ryegrass issues like Mississippi, but if control strategies are not implemented, ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter: Hurricane Laura ag, forestry losses top $1.6 billion

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Laura caused $525.4 million in damage to Louisiana farmers and $1.1 billion to the Louisiana timber industry, according to preliminary estimates by the Louisiana State University AgCenter. Laura devastated 757,538 acres of timber from the southwest to northeast parts of the state, according to a report by AgCenter economist Kurt Guidry and AgCenter forestry ... Read More »

Despite COVID, work progresses on University of Arkansas’ NERREC

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • If construction goes according to schedule, the University of Arkansas System’ Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center near Harrisburg will begin hosting rice field trials and experiments in 2021. This season, soil over much of the 600-acre facility was moved to level and grade fields. This facilitated installation of new drainage and irrigation systems. ... Read More »