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MSU schedules Rice Field Day for Aug. 2 in Stoneville

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Mississippi State University will hold its annual Rice Producer Field Day, Aug. 2, at the Delta Research and Extension Center near Stoneville beginning at 3:30 p.m. After a brief welcome at the Capps Center, trailers will depart for the field tour. Among the topics to be covered are rice agronomy, weed control, entomology, pathology and breeding. This year’s field day ... Read More »

California producer elected USA Rice chairman

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Charley Mathews Jr., a rice producer from Marysville, California, was elected chairman of USA Rice, replacing Brian King who will complete his term at the end of July. Mathews will assume his new role on Aug. 1. In addition, Frank Carey was elected chairman of The Rice Foundation. Carey, with Valent LLC, replaces Mathews, who served as chairman of The Rice ... Read More »

California RES sets Rice Field Day for Aug. 29

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The California Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, in partnership with the California Rice Research Foundation and the University of California, will host its annual Rice Field Day Aug. 29. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with a general session that includes the foundation’s annual membership meeting, followed by the Rice Research Trust Report and California Rice Industry Award. Two field tours ... Read More »

University of Arkansas revamps DD50 program, making it more user friendly

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The University of Arkansas has updated its DD50 rice management program to provide more accurate reports and easier access, especially on mobile devises. The Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board provided funding for the upgrade, says Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist. Aristotle,Inc., a Little Rock-based web design company, redesigned the DD50 website. Amy Cole, digital media program director for the ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice Field Day returns to field-tour format

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The Arkansas Rice Expo is taking a hiatus this year, with the annual event in Stuttgart returning to its field-tour format. The Arkansas Rice Field Day at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart is planned for Aug. 3. It features a pair of two-hour field tours that will cover the spectrum of production issues including breeding, irrigation, weed, ... Read More »

Arkansas launches feral hog reporting system

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The Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force has established an anonymous reporting system to gauge just how many of the swine pests are in the state and how the current hog-removal efforts are faring. These easily accessible reporting forms are available to report wild hogs killed or wild hogs sighted and can be completed within minutes whenever feral hogs are ... Read More »

Arkansas entomologists work to refine armyworm treatment thresholds

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Fall armyworms, a common pest of soybeans, pastures and lawns, have developed a taste for rice, and Extension entomologists are working on management methods to help producers. Gus Lorenz and Nick Bateman, Extension entomologists with the University of Arkansas, say answers to grower questions aren’t as simple as they’d like. “We’re starting to get a lot of phone calls about ... Read More »

Row rice gains ground in Arkansas

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In parts of Arkansas, the signature sweeping curves of rice field levees are being replaced by straight rows, a change that can provide significant cost savings for growers. Most of the rice in Arkansas is grown in controlled floods. The curved levees follow the field contours, enabling growers to maintain water levels and keep roots submerged. Fields are irrigated using ... Read More »

Parent company closes Colusa, California, sweet rice mill

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Woodland, California-based PGP International plans to shut down operations at its sweet rice milling facility in Colusa, California, by the end of August after all open commitments have been met. The decision to close the Riverbend Mill, which parent company ABF Ingredients acquired in 2007, came after several months of review and will affect 16 employees, according to a news ... Read More »