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Seed Treatments

Seeing is believing. Insect control and early season plant health pay dividends in the end. By Carroll Smith Editor Arkansas crop consultant Ron Baxley believes rice seed treatments are some of the better tools that have been made commercially available for the industry in a while. The two choices for 2012 are Dermacor X-100 and CruiserMaxx Rice. Also, in a ... Read More »

Managing Red Rice

Use preventive, cultural, chemical methods and crop rotation to control red rice. By Dr. Garry McCauley Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center Controlling red rice requires a program approach that uses good management – a combination of preventive, cultural and chemical methods in conjunction with crop rotation. Preventive measures include planting high-quality rice seed and using clean equipment and machinery ... Read More »

Most Wanted: Mexican Rice Borer

Sneaky Texas pest seeks succulent hideout in Louisiana rice fields By Carroll Smith Editor Although American newspaper editor Horace Greeley made famous the quote, “Go West, young man,” the Mexican rice borer (MRB), a troublesome pest for Texas sugarcane and rice producers, obviously did not get the memo. Instead, the MRB – a type of stem borer – headed east, ... Read More »

Walk On The Wild Side

California rice breeder pursues his passion By Carroll Smith Editor In 1972, while studying plant genetics at the University of California, Davis, new graduate student Ken Foster became intrigued with wild rice but never thought that it would become a part of his life’s occupation. At that time, wild rice was new to cultivation, in general, and especially to California. ... Read More »

Variety Highlights

Arkansas rice experts collect and share reliable data Editor’s note: To view the Rice Information Sheet No. 170 in its entirety, including all of the tables, go to www.uaex.edu and search for Arkansas Rice Performance Trials, 2009-2011 or contact your local University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension office. Choosing a variety is generally based upon past experience, seed availability, agronomic traits ... Read More »

A Banquet For Ducks

Flooded rice fields help feed the majority of the nation’s wintering dabblers By Mike Brasher, Mark Petrie and John Tirpak Three regions collectively support more than half of all wintering dabbling ducks in the United States: The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV), the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas and the Central Valley of California. It’s no coincidence that these ... Read More »

Running The Shovel

The daughter of a Delta rice farmer shares a sense of place By Alexandra Failing Our home, near Indianola, Miss., is smack in the middle of three fields with a little country road running in front of it. I’ve always loved the Delta – the flatness of it, the smell of the earth and the plants. You have space to ... Read More »

Louisiana & Texas Release Long-Grain Varieties

University breeders introduce four new conventional lines By Carroll Smith Editor The names of three of the four new conventional varieties coming out of the rice breeding programs at LSU AgCenter and Texas A&M are tied to rivers that are familiar irrigation sources for area rice producers – Mermentau, Colorado and Antonio. The fourth variety, an aromatic called Della-2 is ... Read More »

Texas Tenacity

Husband and wife duo tackle the tough issues By Carroll Smith Editor Editor’s note: El Campo, Texas, rice producers Linda and L.G. Raun, Jr. recently sat down with Rice Farming magazine to share their expertise on the state and federal levels on farm policy and the local and state levels on water policy. Linda currently serves as the USA Rice ... Read More »