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Reactions of Arkansas rice cultivars to major diseases in 2020

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• By Yeshi Wamishe and Jarrod Hardke • Disease and lodging ratings shown in the table below represent the expected reactions of our commercial rice cultivars to diseases and lodging under favorable conditions. Generally, an integrated disease management approach is more dependable and inexpensive than using chemicals alone. Rice cultivars with some level of resistance to respective diseases and managed ... Read More »

UArk research shows promise for microwave rice drying systems

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• By Fred Miller • Microwave technology may offer a faster drying system for rice than conventional heated-air drying systems, said Griffiths Atungulu, associate professor of food processing and post-harvest system engineering for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Griffiths is co-principle investigator with AMTek Microwaves, a Cedar Rapids, Iowa, company, on a $100,000 small business innovation research ... Read More »

First commercial shipment of U.S. rice unloaded in China

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• By Peter Bachmann • The first-ever commercial shipment of U.S.-grown rice was unloaded in China Oct. 27 following more than a decade of regulatory and political effort by USA Rice to establish a two-way trading relationship with the nation. The premium, medium-grain Calrose rice was grown in California and sold by ADM Rice Inc. to a private importer under ... Read More »

UArk scientist to study herbicide-resistant weeds in row rice, flooded rice

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• By Mary Hightower • A team led by Tommy Butts, Extension weed scientist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will be exploring new ways to manage herbicide-resistant weeds in row rice and traditional flooded field production, thanks to a $324,000 grant. The grant is part of a $4.6 million investment by the National Institute of Food ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction seeks nominations for 2021 inductees

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The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is now accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2021, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish LSU AgCenter office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Dec. 1. The Hall of Distinction is a program of the Louisiana Radio ... Read More »

Arkansas group names UArk NERREC director Engineer of the Year

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The new Engineer of the Year for the Arkansas Section of the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers says he’d glad to have traded his suits and dress shoes for muddy boots and dungarees. Tim Burcham, director of the Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center, or NERREC, for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture was honored in ... Read More »

California farmers look to plant more rice in the Sacramento Delta

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• By Bob Johnson • Now in its second year, a long-term project intends to learn whether rice farming in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta can succeed economically while helping to preserve the region’s uniquely carbon-rich peat soils. Dawit Zeleke manages 350 acres of medium-grain rice on Staten Island in the delta for the Nature Conservancy, a worldwide environmental organization that ... Read More »

MSU’s 2020 Row Crop Short Course falls victim to COVID-19

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It is with great regret that we have cancelled the 2020 Row Crop Short Course at Mississippi State University. Due to the global pandemic, we see no viable way to conduct this event. Our team did not make this decision lightly and waited as late as possible before doing so. We are still operating under conditions that limit the number ... Read More »

Researchers use gene editing to develop bacterial-blight-resistant rice

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The Healthy Crops team, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, have used gene tools to develop new varieties of disease-resistant rice that U.S. and Colombian regulators have determined are equivalent to what could be accomplished with conventional breeding. Bacterial blight can reduce rice yields by up to 70%, with the heaviest losses typically experienced by smallholder rice ... Read More »

Farmers, LSU AgCenter assess Hurricane Delta damage

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Delta cut a similar path through Louisiana as Hurricane Laura, with many crops still in the field affected by the second major storm to hit the state in six weeks. Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish, said a few farmers had damaged bins. He said some rice fields ready for second-crop harvest ... Read More »