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CA Rice Experiment Station hires new associate director

dr. russell rasmussen

• By Vicky Boyd Editor • Dr. Russell Rasmussen has been named the new associate director of the California Rice Experiment Station in Biggs. He will work alongside current director Dr. Kent McKenzie and will take over as director when McKenzie retires Dec. 31. “We have some overlap, which is a great model for hiring new people,” Rasmussen said. Prior ... Read More »

Hot off the press: Arkansas’ MP weed, insect and disease publications

Arkansas' MP publications

The 2020 versions of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture publications on managing insects, weeds and plant diseases are now available online, through Cooperative Extension Service offices across the state, and, in one case, as a mobile-friendly website. MP44, “Recommended Chemicals for Weed and Brush Control”; MP144, “Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas”; and MP154, the “Arkansas Plant Disease Control ... Read More »

Farm-scale demonstrations

CLL15 clearfield long grain

Two new Clearfield releases did well in 2019 with high yield potential, good blast resistance • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • University of Arkansas rice breeder Dr. Xueyan Sha made the initial crosses for the Clearfield varieties, CLL15 and CLM04, shortly after relocating to the university’s Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart in 2013. By using the university’s winter ... Read More »

University of Arkansas releases 2 conventional varieties

lynx

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture recently released two conventional rice varieties: Jewel, a long grain, and Lynx, a medium grain. Both will be available to seed producers in 2020 and available commercially in 2021. Jewel Jewel is a new high-yielding mid-season long-grain variety from the breeding program of Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, a professor at the Rice Research ... Read More »

Cheers!

rock town distillery

Arkansas rice stars in bourbon from Little Rock’s Rock Town Distillery • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • By definition, bourbon whiskey must be made in the United States and be at least 51% corn, but that means 49% can be other grains. For Phil Brandon, founder of Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock, Arkansas, the natural choice for one of ... Read More »

Despite wet winter, UC yield contest winners still cut 100-plus cwt/acre

UCCE yield contest

• By Bruce Linquist • In 2015, University of California Cooperative Extension started the UCCE Rice Yield Contest as a pilot study in Butte County. The contest has now expanded to include all of the Sacramento Valley.Because of potential regional yield differences, the valley was divided into regions (1-NE, 2-NW, 3-S) using the Sacramento River and Highway 20 as dividing ... Read More »

University of Arkansas releases new Clearfield long grain for seed production

CLL16

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor •  The University of Arkansas has released CLL16 — a new Clearfield long-grain variety — for seed production in 2020. It will be available commercially to growers in 2021. From the breeding program of Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, the variety has the taller upright architecture of many of her other releases. CLL16 plant height averages 36 ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter experts offer tips on upcoming season

Adam Famoso LSU AgCenter

• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers preparing for the 2020 crop heard recently from LSU AgCenter experts about what they should be considering before they get into the fields. The meetings were held in Welsh, Vidrine and Crowley, and more are scheduled. Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said the medium-grain ... Read More »

California producers to vote on assessment increase in June

California Rice Commission logo

After review of projected monitoring and reporting costs along with fees for the state’s rice waste discharge requirements, the California Rice Commission board decided in December to begin the process for an industry vote to increase the assessment cap. Currently, it is set at 15 cents per hundredweight, and the board decided to seek a 20 cent cap. The commission ... Read More »

Researchers go back to the future in search of rice traits

collecting samples

• By Bruce Schultz • The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is collaborating with a Cornell University-based project aimed at studying the ancestors of what became the modern rice plant. Researchers hope the work will uncover useful traits from the wild lines of rice that have been lost through domestication. Three wild strains of rice from China, ... Read More »