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University of Arkansas leads research group seeking heat-tolerant rice

breeding heat-tolerant rice

The University of Arkansas is leading a research group working to identify the natural genetic variations in rice that allows the plant to produce high-quality grain in an environment of rising temperatures. The consortium of four universities recently received $4.65 million from the National Science Foundation to support their work. The team is studying the genetics of more than 400 ... Read More »

Horizon Ag, BASF partner to offer zero-percent financing on purchases

CL153

A new program built on the multi-use account through John Deere Financial will offer Southern rice producers zero percent APR financing on purchases of Horizon Ag Clearfield and Provisia rice seed and BASF crop protection products for 2019. Eligible rice seed varieties from Horizon Ag include Clearfield varieties CL111, CL151, CL153, CL163, CL172, CL272 and CLJ01 followed by Clearpath or ... Read More »

UF-led study may pay off with more heat-tolerant rice

Horticulture Professor Balasubramanian Rathinasabapathi , university of florida

Rice, the most widely consumed food crop in the world, takes a beating in hot weather. To combat the high temperatures, a global group of scientists, led by a University of Florida researcher, has found the genetic basis to breed a more heat-tolerant rice cultivar. “The productivity of rice, one of the three major cereal grains feeding the world, is ... Read More »

If you have low-yielding fields, check the stubble for stem rot

Additional rice stems infected with stem rot.

• By Jarrod Hardke • Several low-yielding rice fields recently have been identified as having stem rot. In the past few years, I have not observed much stem rot, but some of the cases this year have been particularly severe. If you have low-yielding fields and are uncertain of the cause, it may be useful to evaluate the stubble residue left ... Read More »

Rice planthopper resurfaces in Texas after three-year hiatus

planthopper nymphs

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Rice delphacid, a planthopper native to Central and South America, has been found in several South Texas counties after a three-year absence. “It’s a very, very similar infestation as three years ago,” says Dr. Mo Way, a Texas A&M entomology professor who has visited the field. The first report came from Galveston County in a ... Read More »

Rice should benefit from new USMCA trade agreement, says CoBank report

Vallarta-Nayarit Gastronomica

The recently negotiated United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement, likely successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement, should go a long way at eliminating incentives for Mexico to import rice from countries other than the United States. That is the conclusion contained in a recently released report from CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division. For years, Mexico had been the No. 1 export destination ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter releases 2018 rice variety survey results

cart in a rice field

Dustin  Harrell, Louisiana State University AgCenter agronomist and Extension rice specialist, has released a detailed compilation of the varieties and hybrids planted and grown in the state during the 2018 season. New to this year’s data are water management practices, including furrow-irrigated race and alternate wetting and drying. Harrell was helped in this monumental effort by Extension agents in rice-producing ... Read More »

California governor signs winter rice field habitat incentive bill

geese flooded fields

California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed Assembly Bill 2348, also known as the “California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program.” Carried by Assemblymember Cecilia Aguiar-Curry (D-Winters), the legislation authorizes the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to contract with private landowners or lessees to flood rice ground for at least 70 days between Oct. 15 and March 15, according to the ... Read More »

Louisiana mills donate rice as part of National Rice Month

louisiana rice donations

The Louisiana rice industry donated more than 100,000 pounds of rice in late September to feed the state’s hungry as part of National Rice Month. Early in the week, south Louisiana rice mills donated about 50,000 pounds of rice to the Second Harvest Food Bank, and the Kennedy Rice Mill of Mer Rouge donated 48,000 pounds the following day in ... Read More »

Just the facts ma’am — publication provides cover crop info

Austrian peas

University of Arkansas researchers have published the first fact sheet in a series about using cover crops. The crops, typically grown in the off season or winter, help save water, manage weeds and improve soil. “While cover cropping is not a new concept, crop rotations, management practices and types of crops grown have changed a lot in the last 30 ... Read More »