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A change of mindset

Jay Seale

For effective weed control, treat row rice as you would any other row crop. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • To successfully control weeds in furrow-irrigated rice ­— also known as row rice — growers will need to change from treating it like a flooded crop to managing it like they would any other row crop. That means overlapping residual ... Read More »

An unwelcome newcomer

new watergrass biotype

Aggressive watergrass challenges California growers and researchers who seek effective control programs. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • A new weed in the watergrass genus continues to bedevil California rice producers and researchers as they try to identify it and develop herbicide programs to control it. Kurt Richter, who farms with his family near Colusa, is among those who have ... Read More »

Up, up and away

mike hamilton scott matthews

Drone technology moves to next level, measuring field elevation for cut sheets, levee placement and MIRI calculations. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Scott Matthews, who farms in Northeast Arkansas, likes to describe his continued quest for improving water-use efficiency and yields as “conservation irrigation.” “Where you’re standing right here is a critical groundwater area, and when I say that, ... Read More »

2021 Seed Guide

ricetec experimentals

The challenges growers faced in 2020, including multiple tropical storms and hurricanes as well as the COVID-19 pandemic, seemed to never end. Harvest for many was a challenge, to say the least. With the 2020 season in your rearview mirror, take time to catch your breath, say good riddance to the year, and review which cultivars performed well and which ... Read More »

Proof positive

rice stink bug adult

Arkansas revisits rice stink bug thresholds, finding they still balance grain damage with grower profitability. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • As two southern rice-producing states changed their rice stink bug thresholds, reducing the number that would trigger treatment, University of Arkansas entomologists decided they should revisit their recommendations. After conducting numerous trials — ranging from caged feeding studies to ... Read More »

Safety first

grain bin rescue training

Prevention is key to avoiding grain bin rescues. Knowing what to do in a bin entrapment emergency also is crucial. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Before Wayne Dulaney’s crew entered a grain bin near Clarksdale, Mississippi, in January, he reminded them of safety measures: wear harnesses attached to safety lines connected to the bin and have one person stay ... Read More »

Stay alert

weedy rice

Continue to keep eyes peeled for weedy rice in California fields. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The amount of California rice ground infested with weedy rice hovers around 14,000 acres, leading experts to believe that pest control advisers and growers are carefully scouting for the pest. And they hope the diligence continues. “We had three new sites (in 2019), ... Read More »

Pretty in pink

checking bucket traps

Bucket traps aid University of Arkansas research into new row-rice pest, control measures. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • University of Arkansas entomologists continue their quest to learn more about the rice levee billbug, a weevil pest that until recently only caused occasional issues for levee rice. With the increasing popularity of row rice — also called furrow-irrigated rice — ... Read More »

Put to the test

craig hamm, marcus pousson

FullPage hybrids performed as expected during challenging 2019 season • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Despite challenging conditions, RiceTec’s FullPage herbicide-tolerant rice system performed as expected during the 2019 season with improved imidazolinone tolerance and agronomic traits similar to current Clearfield rice hybrids. The Alvin, Texas-based hybrid rice development company had about 20 farm-scale FullPage demonstrations planted from South Texas ... Read More »

Success is in the air

Paul Johnson

Rice industry counters aromatic imports with U.S.-bred and grown jasmine-type rice varieties. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Fred Zaunbrecher of Duson, Louisiana, has grown jasmine-type aromatic long-grain varieties for years, having harvested the newest, Clearfield CLJ01, the past two seasons. Although the U.S. rice industry will likely never be able to fully sway Asian-born consumers who favor Thai jasmine, ... Read More »