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USDA planting report shows higher-than-expected Arkansas rice acres

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The strangeness of Arkansas’ rain-soaked planting season sloshed over into Friday’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Acreage report, with the agency saying it would be collecting additional information on the state’s soybeans and cotton. NASS said that in July, it would collect information on crops in 14 states, including a recount on soybeans and cotton in Arkansas, since neither had reached ... Read More »

USDA acreage report shows just 6% decrease in planted rice acres

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its planted acreage estimates June 28, and it showed 2.76 million acres of planted rice, a 6% decrease from 2018 planted acres. The area estimated for harvest this season is 2.71 million acres, down 7% from last year. Given the weather challenges during planting, the report surprised many. “On one hand, it wasn’t surprising ... Read More »

Rice farmers recognized for sustainability, innovation

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• By Mark Isbell • Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, recently convened in Chicago for its summer plenary and to announce the 2019 Farmer Spotlights, an award recognizing innovative farmers engaging in continuous improvement and using Field to Market’s Field Print Calculator. Each month Field to Market highlights one of the Farmer Spotlights with a press release ... Read More »

‘Sedge-pocalypse’ hits Arkansas

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Sedges have exploded across Arkansas in 2019 throughout different cropping systems. Additionally, a variety of unique sedge species have made themselves known this year, and others have popped up in areas where sedges have not previously been an issue. These unique sedges are problematic as not all are created equal when it comes to controlling them with different herbicides. Add ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host 72nd annual rice field day in Beaumont, July 11

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“Texas Rice – Embracing Innovation” is the theme for the 72nd annual Texas Rice Field Day, July 11, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Beaumont. The event is free and open to the public. Field tours begin at 8 a.m., followed by an indoor program at 10:45 a.m and a noon barbecue luncheon. Morning field tours ... Read More »

Scout, then treat for sheath blight in rice

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• By Yeshi Wamishe • Automatic fungicide applications for sheath blight in rice are highly discouraged due to the potential development of fungicide resistance and non-profitability. Although sheath blight can be reduced with best cultural practices, it is one of the most prevalent diseases for which fungicides are typically applied. Prolonged periods of high humidity and temperatures favor sheath blight ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter partners with Ag-Analytics on yield predictions

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The Louisiana State University AgCenter has partnered with Ag-Analytics to help farmers maintain and improve yields through the use of machine learning and big data. Ag-Analytics, a secure farm management platform, works with farmers, industry and universities with the goal of helping farmers make better management decisions and mitigate risk. The data partnership with the AgCenter is a first of ... Read More »

Louisiana governor signs truth-in-labeling law

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Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed a bill that would make it illegal to mislabel beef, pork, poultry, crawfish, shrimp, meat, sugar or rice products. Senate Bill 152, now referred to as Act 273, also sets strict definitions for each of the commodities. For rice, the legislation defines it as “whole or broken kernels obtained from the species 10 ... Read More »

Rice fields provide protected habitat for young salmon

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• By Bob Johnson • A team of researchers is waiting to learn how many of the small chinook salmon that were raised on the healthiest of food in Mike Dewit’s rice field in the Yolo Bypass, fitted with microtransmitters, and released into the Sacramento River in late April survive the arduous journey to San Francisco Bay and the ocean ... Read More »

EPA grants Section 18 to control armyworms in California rice

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The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a Section 18 emergency exemption for Intrepid 2F Insecticide for use in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties, California. You need to make certain Intrepid 2F Insecticide is on your rice pesticide (restricted materials) permit at the county agricultural commissioner’s office. The various pesticide database companies will receive ... Read More »