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Under Pressure

When your back’s against the wall, you tend to think out of the box. If you find yourself in Arkansas rice farmer Jackie Ray Banks’s circumstances, you may have to think outside of the window, the planting window. Consider this scenario set on May 29, 2013. From March 3 to May 22, it had rained a total of 15.8 inches, ... Read More »

Family Legacy

California brothers represent four generations of rice with the fifth generation not far behind By Carroll Smith Editor Criss Jami, an American poet, essayist and existentialist philosopher quotes, “Unlike wealth, there is an infinite value in legacy.” And a family legacy in the form of a life-giving grain such as rice, is the epitome of immeasurable worth. “I’m a fourth ... Read More »

A Passion For Farming

‘So God Made a Rice Farmer’s Daughter’ By Jenna Martin Jenna Martin, 17, of Hickory Ridge, Ark., is the 2013-14 Miss Arkansas Rice. With this title, she will promote rice throughout the state. Jenna ends each of her speaking engagements with the following poem, which describes her passion for farming. “The first time I heard ‘So God Made a Farmer’ ... Read More »

Identity Preservation: The key is selling the customer what he wants to buy.

By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer, USRPA The U.S. rice industry spent years, decades, building a reputation for high-quality shipments to both domestic and export buyers. The superior quality of our rice resulted in prices to growers being higher than in competitor origins. Our rice was the best, and buyers paid a premium for it. That reputation suffered ... Read More »

Impressive lineup offered for upcoming growing season

Variety/Hybrid 2014 Roster It goes without saying that variety/hybrid selection is one of the most important decisions that a rice farmer has to make during the winter planning time. Following are quite a few offerings for 2014. Consider your farm field-by-field when making choices for the upcoming season. The following information about these rice varieties/hybrids and their characteristics was provided ... Read More »

Wildlife Conservation: California Rice Commission explores avenues to help fund habitat projects

By Paul Buttner Environmental Affairs Manager, California Rice Commission There’s quite a bit of current activity in the conservation area as the California Rice Commission (CRC) continues building its “wildlife resume” and delivering programs to growers that help fund wildlife conservation projects. Our work includes exploring public sector opportunities, primarily focusing on Farm Bill programs, as well as examining market-based ... Read More »

Men With A Plan: Bootheel Missouri rice producers farm by what pays

By Carroll Smith Editor When Chris Berry began farming with his father, Ronnie told him that he had two rules. “Don’t rent any scrap ground and farm by the pencil. Farm by what pays.” Ronnie originally started farming with his brother, Richard, and they followed those same rules for many years. Today, Ronnie and Chris operate under two separate companies, ... Read More »

Ag economist analyzes rice and soybean markets

By Dr. Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter From a fundamental supply and demand situation, the rice market continues to show signs of improvement. In its March supply and demand report, the USDA once again lowered ending stocks for the 2012/13 marketing year based on stronger export demand expectations for the remainder of the marketing year. Looking at the demand side of ... Read More »

Flexible Weed Control

By Dr. Drew Ellis Greenville, Miss. The theme of the 2012 rice-growing season was “early.” Dry conditions enabled many in the Mid-South to get in the fields ahead of schedule. This early planting led, in some instances, to slower-growing rice and extended weed growth, stretching residual pre-emergence herbicide applications to the breaking point and causing many to rethink pre- and ... Read More »

On The Farm Rice Drying

A good deal of Arkansas rice will be dried and stored on the farm each year. Rice has the highest quality it will ever have at harvest. The way that rice is handled during the drying and storage process will determine how much of this quality is retained. The market value of rice is partially determined by its milling yield. ... Read More »