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On the march

Mexican rice borer

As Mexican rice borer expands, a collaborative effort is studying new management regimes and control methods. Read More »

‘Mudbug season’

crawfish

Spurred by the growing popularity of Cajun cuisine and depressed rice prices, crawfish production continues to expand in the southern rice belt. Read More »

Bye, Bye Birdies

The EPA recently registered a non-lethal bird-repellent seed treatment for rice. The news traveled swiftly among producers, who have seen firsthand the damage birds can cause to newly seeded rice fields. Read More »

A man of many hats

Charley Mathews Jr. takes a detail-oriented approach to growing rice, dryer operations and industry leadership. By Vicky Boyd Editor For Charley Mathews Jr., growing a high-quality rice crop profitably and efficiently is only part of the equation. The 49-year-old Marysville, Calif., producer says he also feels compelled to repay the industry for time investments made by others before him. “The ... Read More »

New varieties look promising

CL 153 Clearfield rice

Rice breeders continue to bring outstanding options to the marketplace. By Carroll Smith One facet of production of which the U.S. rice industry is most proud is the work done by its rice breeders. They are always looking for the “next big thing” to help provide another tool for U.S. rice producers to be more competitive in the world market. ... Read More »

Gorrill Ranch

Pursuing excellence since 1918 Ralph Gorrill was born in 1884 in Oakland, Calif., the county seat of Alameda County and a teeming agricultural region. In 1917, he put his engineering background to work by helping to lay out and construct what is now part of historic 99E Highway between Durham and Nelson. While working on this project, a parcel of ... Read More »

Richard Farms

I have great memories of riding on the tractor with my daddy late at night. My parents made sure we spent time with both of them regardless of season. This sometimes meant going to meet dad. Christian and I do the same thing. I met him this afternoon to exchange papers, and I left with one less kid that I lost to his infatuation with the “big tractors!” That time is important for these three kids to not only see what we are doing but to be able to spend good interactive time with us. They come to the farm office with me, ride the tractor with dad, help bring lunches to the field and are around when we are harvesting. They do think that dad built them the biggest indoor bike rink since he built his farm shop next to our home! Read More »