‘The Ron Burgundy of weeds’


Start early, overlap preemergence residuals for season-long barnyardgrass control. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • University of Arkansas Extension weed specialist Tommy Butts has a simple recommendation for barnyardgrass control this season: “residual, residual, residual.” “Make sure to get those residuals out preemerge and overlap every 14-21 days,” he said. “And make sure we’re getting activation with plenty of water ... Read More »

Goodbye and good riddance 2020!

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Louisiana crawfish producers hope to rebound from hurricanes, pandemic this season. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The 2021 Louisiana crawfish season started off on a slow note as producers hoped to rebound from a double whammy caused by coronavirus-induced restaurant closures and last year’s series of hurricanes. As crews return from the holidays and harvest ramps up, Louisiana State ... Read More »

Honoring the Trinity River

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New Texas long-grain release offers stronger yield potential than Presidio • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Texas A&M AgriLife Research is releasing Trinity, a new conventional long-grain rice variety with better first- and second-crop yield potential than Presidio — a previous Texas release that’s the most widely grown inbred in the state. Formerly known as RU1603178, Trinity was developed by ... Read More »

Passing down the passion


SW Louisiana farm family continues and expands the conservation practices that previous generations started. • By Amy Robertson Fuselier • Located in Louisiana’s Acadia and Vermilion parishes is Simon Farms, a multi-generational family farm known far and wide for their dedication to conservation. This close-knit family has a passion for soil health and a thirst for knowledge about ways to ... Read More »

Rollercoaster ride

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Arkansas’ 2020 season had its ups and downs but finished on a profitable note. • By Ryan McGeeney • It almost goes without saying that 2020 will be a year to remember — even if many across the country may already be dreaming up ways to forget it. For Arkansas rice growers, the year proved to carry burdens both familiar ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter experts review 2020 rice season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Two Louisiana State University AgCenter rice experts gave their perspectives on the past growing season in Louisiana during a recent online presentation for the 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The event is usually held in one of the six rice-producing states — it was scheduled for Austin, Texas, in 2020 — but it was held ... Read More »

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers express doubts on ‘carbon farming’

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

• By Kevin Hecteman • Plans to convert nearly 200,000 acres of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmland into rice production or tule-based carbon farms are being greeted with skepticism among representatives of Delta farmers. The Delta Conservancy, a state agency, has partnered with environmental organizations and universities on pilot projects aimed at stopping or slowing ongoing land subsidence in the ... Read More »

Upping the ante

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Two new Clearfield long-grain varieties offer good yield potential and disease package. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Two new Clearfield long-grain varieties available commercially in 2021 will up the ante with high yield potential, good grain quality and strong blast resistance. CLL16 is from the rice breeding program of University of Arkansas’ Karen Moldenhauer, while CLL17 is from Louisiana ... Read More »

New kid on the block


First DynaGro rice variety shows high yield potential, good grain quality in trials. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Since acquiring Bayer’s rice breeding program in 2015, Nutrien Ag Solutions and its parent company, Agrium, have mostly flown under the radar developing new rice cultivars. That will change in 2021 with the launch of DG263L, a high-yielding, high-quality, long-grain inbred ... Read More »

Public/private partnership

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Work continues on University of Arkansas’ NERREC, with trials planned for 2021. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • If construction goes according to schedule, the University of Arkansas’ Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center near Harrisburg will begin hosting a limited number of field trials and experiments in 2021. Recently, ground was broken on a machinery shop that will include ... Read More »