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LSU AgCenter rebuilds flood-damaged Vermilion Parish office

new LSU AgCenter parish office in Abbeville

Vermilion Parish and Abbeville, Louisiana, officials recently cut the ribbon on a new Louisiana State University AgCenter parish office, replacing the old one that as damaged by August 2016 flooding. AgCenter agent Andrew Granger thanked the Vermilion Parish Police Jury for funding the construction. The police jury called a special election for a proposition to rededicate money to fund the ... Read More »

Kellogg’s approves Titan medium grain for use in its cereals

Dr. sha

The Kellogg Co. of Battle Creek, Michigan, will now accept contracts for Titan medium-grain for a portion of its 2019 volume of rice for cereal, based on an announcement the company made in December 2019. Titan is a high-yield, very short-season, medium-grain rice variety released from the University of Arkansas’ Division of Agriculture’s rice breeding program in 2015. It offers ... Read More »

New kids on the block

AR1111 new Arkansas Clearfield long-grain

Horizon Ag, University of Arkansas join to introduce two Clearfield varieties. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • In partnership with the University of Arkansas and BASF, Horizon Ag plans to introduce two Clearfield varieties for seed production this season and for commercial planting in 2020. The new long grain and new medium grain were released by the University of Arkansas and ... Read More »

Large rice stocks continue to weigh heavily on the market, prices

saturated fields

• By Kurt Guidry • The rice market has been quiet over the past couple of months with cash prices moving in a fairly narrow range. Some of this lackluster activity has been the normal seasonal slowdown typical of the holidays and the start of the new calendar year. But some of the quietness has been due to a lack fundamental ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited names former Florida ag commissioner as CEO

Adam Putnam

Memphis, Tennessee-based Ducks Unlimited has named former Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam as its new CEO, effective April 1. DU’s current CEO, Dale Hall, will remain in place to help with the transition until his retirement on June 30. As ag commissioner, Putnam served in one of four statewide elected positions. He led the nation’s largest state Department of Agriculture ... Read More »

Anheuser-Busch, Indigo Ag partner on sustainable rice sourcing

anheuser busch logo

St. Louis-based Anheuser-Busch and Boston-based Indigo Agriculture have partnered on a sustainable rice production program. Indigo has committed to delivering 2.2 million bushels of Indigo Rice to A-B that is grown using specific environmentally friendly production practices. Rice growers contracting with Indigo will reduce water and nitrogen use by 10 percent and achieve at least a 10 percent reduction in ... Read More »

Rain, rain, go away!

muddy Arkansas rice field

For many Arkansas farms, the view is the same: water, mud and more water. “With many areas still struggling to dry out from wet weather over the past couple of months, there isn’t much good news over the next week,” the National Weather Service at Little Rock said on March 8. “Rainfall amounts could exceed 3 inches across the southeastern ... Read More »

Arkansas ‘rice reps’ may earn scholarships while spreading the word

Arkansas rice reps logo

Arkansas high school juniors or seniors may be eligible for one of four different scholarships totaling $7,000 just by participating in rice advocacy programs and spreading the word about the state’s rice industry this summer. The program is called “Rice Reps” and is sponsored by Arkansas Rice. From April through September, reps will actively participate in a program designed to ... Read More »

UC seeks California growers’ help with weedy rice survey

weedy rice

The University of California is seeking producers’ and farm managers’ help as they conduct a survey of weedy rice infestation and rice production practices in the state that may affect the weed’s persistence and infestation levels. As you know, weedy rice is a pest problem that can potentially cause significant losses to the state’s rice industry. UC Rice Farm Advisers Luis ... Read More »

Farm Dog, Deere and Adama partner on information sharing system

mobile integration

Farm Dog, John Deere and Adama recently partnered on an integrated mobile-to-sprayer system that simplifies information sharing and reduces the likelihood of operational errors for agronomists, growers and spray equipment operators. Previewed at the 2019 Develop with Deere Conference in Chicago recently, the system seamlessly integrates two activities in precision agriculture for pest management – treatment recommendations based on field scouting and ... Read More »