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Rain hinders rice planting in Louisiana

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Heavy rainfall has been a challenge as rice farmers strive to get their 2019 crop planted. Farmers were able to get much of their crop planted during almost three weeks of dry weather, but rainfall during the first week of April has created an obstacle for farmers who needed to complete the rest of their planting. Todd Fontenot, Louisiana State ... Read More »

Arkansas rice production bounces back in 2018 from 2017

Arkansas rice harvest near Hazen

After a bruising 2017, in which substantial spring flooding cost growers in the state an estimated $175 million in lost production and damaged acreage, rice growers saw higher production in 2018 than in any of the three previous years, according to an April 4 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report, published by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics ... Read More »

Researchers get to the root of weedy rice’s aggressiveness

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Weedy rice is neither wild rice nor commercial rice, but instead rice gone rogue that has shed some traits important to people. It also is an incredibly aggressive, potentially detrimental weed that pops up almost everywhere rice is grown, and it can reduce crop yields by more than 80 percent if it invades a field. Researchers from Washington University in ... Read More »

Take these steps to prepare for possible fertilizer shortages

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• By Trent Roberts • With current Mississippi River levels above flood stage along all of Arkansas’ eastern border, there are increasing concerns that limited barge traffic combined with reduced access to Arkansas ports may tighten fertilizer stocks during periods of high use. Current river depth at Memphis is at 30 feet and falling: however, there is still a significant ... Read More »

2019 planted rice acres expected to decline 3%, says NASS report

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Planted rice acres for 2019 are only expected to decline about 3 percent from 2018, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Services’ Prospective Plantings Report released March 29. Altogether, growers say, they plan to plant 2.87 million acres this year compared to 2.946 million acres in 2018. Growers in the top three rice-producing states — Arkansas, California and Louisiana — ... Read More »

University of Arkansas to begin breeding new Provisia rice lines

University of Arkansas rice plot harvester

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture will begin breeding new lines of Provisia rice varieties, which use non-GMO herbicide-resistant traits developed by BASF. The Division of Agriculture and BASF signed the breeding development agreement earlier this year. Bob Scott, director of the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas, says the timing will allow Division of Agriculture ... Read More »

Texas A&M researcher explores plant survival under extended flooding

submerged rice research

ice crops can stress under too much water or water at the wrong time. Developing tolerance to these flooding stresses and improving rice cultivars is the life passion for Dr. Endang “Septi” Septiningsih, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Rice growers around the world have had two choices: plant poor-yielding traditional varieties that are moderately tolerant to long periods of ... Read More »

Researchers work to develop rice varieties for different irrigation regimes

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• By Niranjan Baisakh, Adam Famoso, Jonalyn Yabes, Rodante Tabien and Dustin Harrell • New varieties are the life blood of the Louisiana rice industry. Rice variety development is primarily focused on the enhancement of yield, grain quality, disease and insect resistance and production traits. Nearly 45 percent of all water used for global crop irrigation goes toward rice production, ... Read More »

5 seed tips to maximize stand establishment

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• By Jarrod Hardke • Soil temperatures remain cool, but it’s time to start putting some rice in the ground if fields are ready. Remember that seed treatments can start to run out of gas while the seed sits in the ground. 1. CruiserMaxx Rice and NipsIt INSIDE will provide about 28-35 days of dependable insect protection. After that, we ... Read More »

2 Horizon Ag varieties rank in top 3 in Nicaraguan cooking test

steve linscombe cooking test

Horizon Ag Clearfield rice and Provisia rice varieties – CL163 and PVL01 – ranked among the top three varieties for quality in a recent cooking test that compared samples from a previous shipment of U.S. rice to Brazilian and Nicaraguan varieties. The cooking test was part of a recent USA Rice mission to distribute long-grain rice samples to the two ... Read More »