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CRISPR-edited rice plants produce higher yields

Jian Zang Zhu, Purdue University

A team of scientists from Purdue University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences has used CRISPR/Cas9 gene-editing to develop a rice variety that produces 25-31 percent more grain and would have been virtually impossible to create through traditional breeding. The team, led by Jian-Kang Zhu, a distinguished professor in Purdue’s Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture and director of the ... Read More »

Texas AgriLife schedules Eagle Lake field day for June 26

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Texas AgriLife Research and Extension has scheduled the 43rd annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day for 4 p.m., June 26, at the Wintermann Rice Research Station on Farm-to-Market Road 102 just north of Eagle Lake. The field day will offer an opportunity for producers to tour the research station, making stops along the way to hear about disease management, insect ... Read More »

Beer made with rice wins gluten-free brewing contest

Dad's Red Ale

The winner of the inaugural PNW (Pacific Northwest) Gluten-Free Homebrewing Competition is a beer made with rice. Dad’s Red Ale, an American Amber Ale brewed by Joe Morris from Portland, Oregon, won the competition. Morris used James’ Brown Rice, Crystal Rice and Biscuit Rice malts from Eckert Malting and Brewing Co. in Chico, California, to give the beer its dark caramel ... Read More »

Be careful out there

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Rice remains sensitive to soybean harvest-aid drift late into the season, according to MSU research. By Vicky Boyd, Editor — For the past few seasons, Mississippi State University Extension Rice Agronomist Bobby Golden and MSU graduate student Justin McCoy have received phone calls from growers asking them to come out and examine fields affected by suspected herbicide drift. But it ... Read More »

A mixed market

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Although it’s still too early to tell, delayed planting could shore up at least short-term prices. By Kurt Guidry — Information coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past several weeks has been mixed in terms of providing direction to the rice market. USDA’s planting intentions report at the end of March was generally viewed as positive as ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter faces potentially devastating budget cuts

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Faced with what they call potentially devastating cuts to research and educational programs, Louisiana State University AgCenter leaders have called on constituents to contact their local lawmakers and educate them on the importance of these programs. In a call-to-action letter to supporters, AgCenter leaders outlined the dire financial situation they face as a result of the state’s $650 million shortfall. ... Read More »

USA Rice takes aim at pretenders

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The rice pretender war is heating up this spring as USA Rice is registering formal complaints and offering recommended fixes to purveyors of what the trade group terms “rice pretenders.” “Rice pretenders are food products that are marketed as rice, but contain no rice at all,”says Paul Galvani, chairman of the USA Rice Domestic Promotion Committee that is spearheading this ... Read More »

Arcadia’s rice with stacked traits shined under adverse conditions

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Davis, California-based Arcadia Biosciences has found significant yield increases with three of its proprietary input traits stacked together, according to research results from the past two seasons. In the trials at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture in Colombia, multiple rice lines carrying the nitrogen use efficiency, water use efficiency and salinity tolerance traits outperformed controls an average of 25 ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter sets schedule for rice field days

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The LSU AgCenter will hold a series of field days to help rice farmers learn about the latest practices to improve crop production. Experts will make presentations on variety development, fertility, diseases, insects and weeds. “These field days give us the chance to provide details about Read More »