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USA Rice addresses domestic rice supply during COVID-19 outbreak

out of stock shelves

As the effects of COVID-19 are being felt in the United States and around the world, consumers are rushing to stockpile groceries and household supplies in fear of being quarantined in their homes for weeks. This has led to a run on household cleaning products, paper products, and nonperishable foods, including rice. Social media platforms are full of pictures of ... Read More »

At-planting herbicide selection for rice and corn acres

rice weeds

• By Tom Barber • I have had numerous calls and texts over the past week with questions about burndown herbicides and plant-back intervals. Although there is not much we can do about the rain (it will eventually stop), one thing we can do is be prepared and ready to roll when the weather clears. Regardless if early burndown programs ... Read More »

Outstanding in their field

dr. mo way

RTWG Awards Luncheon recognizes peers for exemplary work. Every two years, rice researchers from around the United States and even the globe get together for the Rice Technical Working Group. This year, the two-day event was hosted by Mississippi State University and held recently in Orange Beach, Alabama. During the awards luncheon, researchers recognize peers who have made outstanding contributions ... Read More »

University of Arkansas licenses 2 long-grain varieties to Erwin-Keith

RU1701084

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has licensed two commercially released rice varieties to an Arkansas seed company that will market them to growers in time for the 2021 growing season. The long-grain rice varieties, RU1701081 and RU1701084, will be available from Erwin-Keith Inc./Progeny Ag, based in Wynne. “RU1701081 has traditional long-grain cooking quality, low chalk and can ... Read More »

From the ground up

john deere 8RX

John Deere, Case IH show off new products designed with efficiency in mind at the World Ag Expo. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • With acre upon acre of outdoor and indoor exhibits, the World Ag Expo near Tulare, California, offers growers three days to see manufacturers’ latest wares as well as proven products. John Deere and Case IH were ... Read More »

COVID-19 disrupts world rice marketing

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• By Peter Bachmann • The coronavirus pandemic, officially known as the “COVID-19” outbreak, has seemingly reached every corner of the globe and affected nearly every aspect of life since news of it hit the press in mid-January. International trade has been no exception to the disruptions. Cargo ships continue to chug across our oceans and barges continue to travel ... Read More »

LSU rice researcher recognized as ‘Woman of Excellence’

LSU AgCenter rice researcher Ida Wenefrida

The American Multi Cultural Ethnic Coalition recently honored Louisiana State University AgCenter rice researcher Ida Wenefrida as one of the Top 20 Global Woman of Excellence for 2020 at a recent Chicago ceremony. The honor recognizes women from around the world, including Poland, Canada, the Philippines, Thailand and Africa. U.S. Rep. Danny Davis of Chicago presented the awards at a ... Read More »

March 19 virtual field trip to address surface water irrigation issues

on-farm reservoir

As concerns over declining groundwater levels in Arkansas increase, some farmers have built their own reservoirs to ensure adequate irrigation for their crops. Groundwater use from the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer, which supports the Arkansas Delta, has increased over the last century and the “majority of the increase is attributed to irrigation,” according to the Arkansas State Water Plan’s ... Read More »

Washington University researcher nabs $2.6 million grant to study weedy rice

Kenneth Olsen

Many farmers struggle with an enemy that looks like a friend. Agricultural weeds that are close relatives of crops present a particular challenge to farmers because their physical similarities to the desirable species make them difficult to detect and eradicate. Along the way, the imitators compete with crops for water, nutrients and space — often depressing crop yields. More than ... Read More »

CRISPR gene editing could improve rice, other crops, say UC Davis researchers

rice seeds

Scientists at University of California, Davis, have used CRISPR technology to genetically engineer rice with high levels of beta-carotene, the precursor of vitamin A. The technique provides a promising strategy for genetically improving rice and other crops. The study was published today in the journal Nature Communications. Rice is a staple food crop for more than half the world’s population. ... Read More »