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Be on the lookout for new watergrass in California

new watergrass species

University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor Whitney Brim-Deforest has been to several farm calls in the past few weeks about an unknown grass weed. Between last season and this, she has seen seven fields that appear to have bad infestations of a new watergrass species (Echinochloa spp.). “We are unsure of the exact identification yet, but we know it ... Read More »

As row-rice acres grow, so too may billbug woes

rice levee billbugs

Billbugs, once an occasional pest of rice that cannot survive in standing water, are increasing pressure as row-rice acreage grows. Billbugs are weevils whose larvae bore into the side of rice tillers, or stems, and deprive developing grain heads of nutrients. This leads to “blank heads,” or heads that never develop kernels. Billbugs cannot survive aquatic conditions, making row rice, ... Read More »

Is it weedy rice or an imposter? UC has some answers

Rice is beginning to head in the California rice-production area. As you scout your fields, keep weedy rice in mind. In the past few weeks, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisers have received 10 suspect samples. Of these, two have been confirmed as weedy, three are being investigated and the rest have been ruled out. They have also talked ... Read More »

Missouri rice group visits Egypt to discuss exports, collaborative research

Missouri Eqypt meetings

Representatives of the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council and Southeast Missouri State University recently traveled to Egypt to discuss the potential for shipping Missouri paddy rice to Egypt and collaborating on rice breeding and agronomic rice research with the Egyptian Ministry of Agriculture. “Egypt is the gateway to Africa and the Middle East,” says Dr. Mike Aide, Southeast Missouri ... Read More »

FullPage system headlines RiceTec’s Arkansas field day

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Many growers for the first time got to see the FullPage herbicide-tolerant rice system growing in the field during RiceTec’s recent field day near Harrisburg, Arkansas. For the 2019 growing season, Alvin, Texas-based RiceTec plans a limited release of four long-grain hybrids bred to tolerate over-the-top applications of Preface and Postscript IMI herbicides from Adama ... Read More »

Earn a college scholarship by creating a winning National Rice Month video

2017 rice month scholarship

If you are high school seniors bound for college or know of one, the National Rice Month Scholarship contest may be for him or her. The program, which involves creating a video, is open to graduating students from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas. They simply create and submit a three-minute video to heighten awareness and promote U.S.-grown rice. The ... Read More »

New University of Arkansas greenhouse will aid nighttime temperature studies

new university of arkansas greenhouse

A research greenhouse formally opened Aug. 2 further aids University of Arkansas efforts to stem yield loss after milling due to high nighttime temperatures. Jay Coker, chairman of the Rice Research and Promotion Board, says the need for an advanced facility to help develop resilient rice varieties became apparent after Arkansas rice producers lost yield after milling due to high ... Read More »

Arkansas rice field day highlights research, hot production issues

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • More than 250 rice producers, consultants and allied ag industry representatives packed tour trailers during the  University of Arkansas’ recent rice field day at the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart. Departing from the Rice Expo format, which included brief research center tours as well as activities for urban residents, this year’s rice field ... Read More »

UC kicks off 2018 Rice Yield Contest with a few changes

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The University California Cooperative Extension is launching its yield contest once again for 2018 with a few changes. New this year is the grand prize of a John Deere side-by-side (XUV 560E) for the overall winner. The name of each regional winner will be placed into a hat and the winner drawn at the 2019 winter grower meetings. Each regional ... Read More »

Belchim USA to distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide

rice stink bug

Wilmington, Delaware-based Belchim Crop Protection USA will distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide to control rice stink bugs. The product — registered by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 — contains the active ingredient dinotefuran, a neonicotinoid. With more emphasis on quality, many growers are paying closer attention to controlling rice stink bugs, since they can cause pecky rice. If the defect ... Read More »