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Texas A&M research seeks better understanding of fall armyworms

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A Texas A&M University graduate student received a research grant to better identify, understand and ultimately mitigate fall armyworm populations in Texas and the central United States. Ashley Tessnow, a doctoral candidate in the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Department of Horticultural Sciences, said armyworms have long been a pest that agriculture producers throughout the central United ... Read More »

Annual scholarship video contest features new sponsor, better prizes

2019 winner Kyle Voong

The annual National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest is up and running with a new sponsor, American Commodity Co., and a revamped website full of information and tips on making and submitting a great video. Open to graduating high school students from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Texas, the contest asks students to create a video that in 3 ... Read More »

Horizon Ag adds 2 new Clearfield varieties to its 2021 offerings

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With rice harvest gaining speed in many areas and the crop making rapid progress in others, reports are coming in across the South regarding the strong performance of promising new Horizon Ag Clearfield and Provisia varieties. Farmers are already starting to call to book seed for 2021, said Dr. Tim Walker, Horizon Ag general manager. And the new Clearfield varieties, ... Read More »

Check sedge escapes before harvest to see if any may be newcomer

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• By Tommy Butts • Harvest is rapidly approaching, and the majority of folks have put weed control thoughts behind them. However, identifying and assessing late-season weed escapes is a necessity to develop an effective weed control strategy for the next year. Sedges have really exploded over the past couple of seasons, and identifying specific sedge species escapes in the ... Read More »

Louisiana rice harvest reaches half-way point

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• By Bruce Schultz • The harvest for the 2020 rice crop in south Louisiana is nearing the halfway point, and the result is a big improvement over a string of bad to mediocre years. “If these yields hold out, I believe it would tie the second-highest-yielding year, and it still has the potential to be a record if the ... Read More »

Valley Irrigation acquires Mississippi-based PrecisionKing

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Valley, Nebraska-based Valley Irrigation has acquired the Benton, Mississippi-based ag-tech company, PrecisionKing, which focuses on moisture monitoring, pump control and remote sensing. “We are excited about this acquisition for many reasons,” says Darren Siekman, Valley vice president of water delivery and business development said in a news release. “It strengthens our footprint in the Mississippi Delta region and brings additional, ... Read More »

Four, including a rice grower, inducted into the Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

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Four icons of agriculture were inducted into the Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction during a ceremony Aug. 6 at the L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge. The four individuals are James Barnett, a forestry researcher from Pineville; John Denison, a rice, crawfish and cattle farmer from Iowa; Jay Hardwick, a row crop farmer from Newellton; and Calvin Viator, an agricultural crop ... Read More »

Mississippi rice crop looks promising as harvest approaches

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Rice harvest is approaching in the Mississippi Delta, and early signs point to good yields in 2020. Bobby Golden, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and an assistant professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said the condition of the state’s estimated 150,000 acres of rice looks “very good” as growers prepare to fill their ... Read More »

UC Cooperative Extension seeks input on research, Extension efforts

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University of California Cooperative Extension is seeking input from California growers of field crops, consultants and allied industry on how the division should approach research and Extension efforts. “Your input will highlight the most important issues facing field crop production in California and help us set priorities for future programming,” according to a news release. As a result, UCCE has ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice taps Kelly Robbins as new executive director

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• By Josh Hankins • The Arkansas Rice Federation board selected Kelly Robbins as the organization’s new executive director, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Lauren Waldrip, a partner at Campbell Ward, a Little Rock-based public affairs and public relations firm. Most recently, Robbins served as executive director for the Arkansas Petroleum Council and has previously served as executive vice president ... Read More »