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Row rice gains interest in northeast Louisiana

row rice louisiana

Rice farmers in northeast Louisiana, including those interested in trying row rice, heard advice from LSU AgCenter scientists about the upcoming 2019 season at a recent meeting in Rayville. They also heard some potentially good news from the president of USA Rice about possible rice sales to China. Row rice is becoming more popular with more than 100,000 acres in ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Consultants Association awards six scholarships

LACA scholarship recipients

During its recent annual meeting, the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association awarded six scholarships totaling $12,000. Also recognized was Dennis Burns, who received the County Agent of the Year award. Burns serves Catahoula, Concordia and Tensas parishes, and he specializes in agricultural technology, including drones, irrigation and yield maps. “That’s just a small list of things he is well known for,” ... Read More »

2018 Rice Consultant of the Year

‘‘Growing up on a farm in Northeast Louisiana, I was always interested in agriculture,” says rice consultant Richard Costello. “I like watching the crops grow and progress. It gets in your blood. During my advanced postdoctoral training at Louisiana State University, my cousin Michael Costello recruited me to check their rice on the weekends. That’s where I got my rice ... Read More »

And the winner is …

Bruce Linquist records contest data

UC Rice Yield Contest promotes friendly competition while collecting production data • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The University of California’s Rice Yield Contest may provide bragging rights to the top producers, but it also has proven a good way to collect production data from high-yielding growers. “It’s a lot of fun, but we’re starting to learn some stuff,” says Bruce ... Read More »

Seeing red

new watergrass species

New grass species joins weedy rice as weeds that tested California growers and PCAs in 2018 • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Although the number of rice acres in California infested with weedy rice — also known as red rice — has remained fairly stable the past few seasons, a new biotype popped up in one field in 2018. Add to ... Read More »

Lessons learned

Provisia Rice

Researchers fine-tuned N, seeding recommendations for Provisia rice during 2018 season. The 2018 season was the first year the Provisia variety, PVL01, was grown commercially. Louisiana grew approximately 10,000 acres of PVL01, and the average yield was about 42-43 barrels per acre statewide (6,804-6,966 pounds per acre; 151-155 bushels per acre). Many growers were satisfied with the Provisia system, and ... Read More »

2018 Arkansas rice production marks recovery from 2017 flooding

early season arkansas rice harvest

Even if the fall of 2018 marked the “harvest that never ended,” Arkansas growers managed to pull enough rice from the land to mark a 30 percent increase over 2017’s disastrous numbers, which reflected the severe spring flooding of that year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released state-by-state crop and stock reports, the first new ... Read More »

Horizon Ag introduces two Clearfield varieties

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In partnership with the University of Arkansas, Horizon Ag plans to introduce two Clearfield varieties for seed production this season and commercial planting in 2020. The new medium- and long-grain varieties were released by the University of Arkansas and are from the breeding program of Dr. Xueyan Sha at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas. “Dr. Sha is ... Read More »

Tremont Lyman changes name to Grow West

grow west

Tremont Lyman, an independent agricultural retailer in California, has brought all of its 15 retail operations under a new brand: Grow West. The new entity was formed through a partnership of its two major founding members, Colusa County Farm Supply and The Lyman Group Inc. With roots beginning in 1954, the company has grown from a single location to 15 ... Read More »

Four, including a rice leader, named to Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

Linda Zaunbrecher

Four Louisiana agricultural leaders, including a rice pioneer, will be inducted into the Agriculture Hall of Distinction during ceremonies in March. This year’s four inductees are Grady Coburn, Jack Hamilton, George LaCour and Linda Zaunbrecher. A native of Gueydan, Zaunbrecher is only the second woman to enter the Ag Hall of Distinction. Her career is distinguished by her pioneering work ... Read More »