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Global fight against fall armyworms gets Texas boost

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• By Adam Russell • Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists have declared war on the fall armyworm. Dr. Greg Sword, Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Entomology professor, has received $499,000 to determine fall armyworm behaviors and genomic traits that could aid in controlling the agricultural pests. The three-year project funded by the National Institute of ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter to livestream virtual crawfish boil Feb. 25

Pass a good time with the Louisiana State University AgCenter at our virtual crawfish boil, noon-1 p.m. CST, Feb. 25! Bring your crawfish questions for the experts. LSU AgCenter aquaculture specialist Greg Lutz and research farm specialist John Sonnier will discuss Louisiana crawfish production — harvesting, pond management including nuisance animals, and the white spot syndrome virus. LSU AgCenter and ... Read More »

Three to be inducted into Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

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Three fixtures in Louisiana agriculture will be inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction during a ceremony at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge March 4. The new inductees are former Louisiana Farm Bureau President Ronnie Anderson, of Ethel; sugarcane farmer John Gay, of Plaquemine; and Paul “Jackie” Loewer of Branch, a rice farmer who has been a strong advocate ... Read More »

X-ray research confirms important phase of rice drying and processing

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• By Fred Miller • A former graduate student’s research with x-rays has verified a hypothesis by Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station scientists about why rice kernels often break during milling. Decades of research by scientists in the experiment station’s rice processing program led researchers to hypothesize that uneven moisture content in the kernels during drying causes fissures that crack and ... Read More »

Soil Health Institute collaborates on farmer-owned carbon program

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The Soil Health Institute is collaborating with Truterra as the scientific partner for soil metrics and sampling design for TruCarbon, the first farmer-owned carbon program in the United States. TruCarbon will help farmers generate and sell carbon credits to private-sector buyers. It is a partnership between Arden Hills, Minnesota-based grower cooperative, Land O’Lakes, and Truterra, which the co-op launched in ... Read More »

Despite recent snow storms, California snowpack remains below average

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The California Department of Water Resources Feb. 3 conducted the second manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station about 22 miles southwest of South Lake Tahoe, California. The manual survey recorded 63 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent  of 17 inches, which is 93% of average for this location. The SWE measures the amount of ... Read More »

Rice husk residue can prevent uptake of harmful elements in rice

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When most people hear “food contamination,” they think of bacteria present on unwashed fruits or vegetables, or undercooked meat. However, there are other ways for harmful contaminants to be present in food products. Angelia Seyfferth, a member of the Soil Science Society of America, investigates food contamination coming from the soil where the plants grow. “It all comes down to ... Read More »

RiceTec raises $43,000 for charity

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When RiceTec launched its newest charitable program, Harvesting Hope, the company had no idea it would be amid a time that nonprofits would be struggling to raise funds to achieve their missions. Under the program, RiceTec customers who donated 1 acre of milled rice proceeds to their choice of a 501(c)3 nonprofit received one bag of seed at no charge ... Read More »

LACA reschedules in-person annual meeting to virtual event, Feb. 10-11

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The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association has moved its in-person Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference to virtual presentations, Feb. 10-11. Many of the former in-person conference presentations were kept intact. For time’s sake, some had to be postponed until the in-person conference scheduled for February 2022. Each webinar is $20 and payment can be made by credit or debit card ... Read More »

‘Most Crop Per Drop’ contest challenges Arkansas producers

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Experimentation paid off for Arkansas producers who competed in the “Most Crop Per Drop” contest — in knowledge gained about irrigation management and in cash prizes for the top winners. Contest winners were announced recently during the 34th annual Arkansas Water and Soil Education Conference, held virtually this year. The top winners in three categories — corn, rice and soybean ... Read More »