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2018 Arkansas rice production marks recovery from 2017 flooding

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Even if the fall of 2018 marked the “harvest that never ended,” Arkansas growers managed to pull enough rice from the land to mark a 30 percent increase over 2017’s disastrous numbers, which reflected the severe spring flooding of that year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released state-by-state crop and stock reports, the first new ... Read More »

Horizon Ag introduces two Clearfield varieties

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In partnership with the University of Arkansas, Horizon Ag plans to introduce two Clearfield varieties for seed production this season and commercial planting in 2020. The new medium- and long-grain varieties were released by the University of Arkansas and are from the breeding program of Dr. Xueyan Sha at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas. “Dr. Sha is ... Read More »

Tremont Lyman changes name to Grow West

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Tremont Lyman, an independent agricultural retailer in California, has brought all of its 15 retail operations under a new brand: Grow West. The new entity was formed through a partnership of its two major founding members, Colusa County Farm Supply and The Lyman Group Inc. With roots beginning in 1954, the company has grown from a single location to 15 ... Read More »

Four, including a rice leader, named to Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

Linda Zaunbrecher

Four Louisiana agricultural leaders, including a rice pioneer, will be inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Distinction during ceremonies in March. This year’s four inductees are Grady Coburn, Jack Hamilton, George LaCour and Linda Zaunbrecher. A native of Gueydan, Zaunbrecher is only the second woman to enter the Ag Hall of Distinction. Her career is distinguished by her pioneering work ... Read More »

University of Arkansas to host two row rice roundtables

Monty Landon row rice

Two upcoming production meetings aim to help growers and industry experts reach a consensus on the best approach to an increasingly popular method of agriculture in Arkansas: furrow-irrigated rice, also known as row rice. “Row rice is an emerging production practice for rice that is increasing adoption, but lacks a consensus on production practices,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and ... Read More »

USDA: Rough rice in storage increased while stored milled rice decreased

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The amount of rough rice stored on and off the farm increased by 16 percent in December 2018 compared to the same month in 2017, according to the recently released U.S. Department of Agriculture rice stocks report. At the same time, the amount of milled rice in storage decreased 41 percent as of December 2018 compared to December 2017. The total ... Read More »

MSU revises Insect Control Guide

2019 MSU insect guide

Sure to be a best-seller, Mississippi State University’s “2019 Insect Control Guide for Agronomic Crops” is available for free download from https://bit.ly/2tahYVv. The 129-page manual contains insect-related information on the gamut of Delta crops, ranging from rice to soybeans and cotton. In addition to the latest label information, the guide also includes insecticide performance ratings that compare registered products’ efficacy on ... Read More »

LSU-bred high-protein rice brings value, nutrition

LSU AgCenter Herry Utomo evaluates high-protein rice

More than 750 million people don’t get enough nutrients from their food, and more than two-thirds of those live in places that consume a lot of rice. Can rice bred for extra protein be the answer? “There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who depend on rice and eat it three times a day, but their access ... Read More »

FSA plans to reopen offices, add services during shutdown

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All Farm Service Agency offices nationwide will reopen shortly to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the government shutdown. The announcement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue came after select FSA offices provided limited hours of service Jan. 17, 18 and 22. Those offices as well as others nationwide will be open beginning Jan. 24, but not ... Read More »

UPI changes name to UPL NA

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based United Phosphorus Inc., also known as UPI, changed its name to UPL NA Inc. Jan. 1 to better reflect its global corporate identity. The change also comes after several recent acquisitions, including the June 2018 purchase of Arysta LifeScience for $4.2 billion. UPL, based in Mumbai, India, has a presence in more than 130 countries and ... Read More »