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FSA: More than 747,500 acres of rice went unplanted this season

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More than 19.4 million acres of farmland nationwide went unplanted this season, according to an Aug. 12 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since FSA began releasing the report in 2007 and 17.49 million acres more than reported at this time in 2018. Of those prevented plant acres, ... Read More »

SE Missouri State, Missouri Rice Council to host field day Aug. 22

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Research to create new heat-tolerant and herbicide-resistant rice strains is being conducted this summer at Southeast Missouri State University’s Rice Research Greenhouse in Malden, Missouri, and at the Missouri Rice Research Farm in Glennonville, Missouri. Southeast Department of Agriculture faculty will highlight their work at the Missouri Rice Council’s annual Rice Field Day, Aug. 22, at the Missouri Rice Research ... Read More »

Soybean harvest aid warning: Be careful out there

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Soybean growers applying harvest aids near rice should pay special attention to minimize drift, which can potentially cause significant rice yield reductions even late in the season, says Justin McCoy, a Mississippi State University graduate student. “Your rice may nor be as safe as you think until you put it in the combine,” he ... Read More »

RiceTec shows off FullPage, other hybrids in the pipeline

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• By Vicky Boyd Editor • With Canada‘s recent approval, RiceTec is set to launch its FullPage herbicide-tolerant rice system for the 2020 season. The Alvin, Texas, hybrid rice developer showed off two new FullPage hybrids as well as a new medium-grain conventional hybrid and other experimental products at its recent Arkansas field day in Harrisburg. For 2020, RiceTec will ... Read More »

Multiple herbicide resistance in barnyardgrass prompts red flag warning

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • A grassy weed with resistance to multiple herbicides poses as big – if not a bigger – challenge to Arkansas rice growers than herbicide-resistant Palmer amaranth does to soybean and cotton producers. That was the sobering outlook University of Arkansas Weed Scientist Jason Norsworthy presented about herbicide-resistant barnyardgrass during the recent University of Arkansas ... Read More »

USA Rice opens Rice Month Scholarship Contest

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High school seniors in the six U.S. rice-producing states have a chance to compete for $8,500 in scholarships in USA Rice’s annual National Rice Month Scholarship Contest. Applicants will create a 3-minute original video on a rice-related topic, including rice production, healthy eating or sustainability. The grand-prize winner will receive a $4,000 scholarship and a trip with a chaperone this ... Read More »

University of Arkansas economist explains MFP for state’s growers

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Not long after Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue announced details of a support package for farmers, Scott Stiles phone started ringing. On July 24, the U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out the Market Facilitation Program, Food Purchase and Distribution Program and Agricultural Trade Promotion Program, all intended to help farmers affected by the international battle over tariffs. “The phone never stopped ... Read More »

Industry Alliance Meeting highlights research on AWD, grain bin monitors

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Rice, already a staple grain for billions around the planet, could become an even more important food source with additional nutrients. Researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Rice Processing Program presented this and other hopeful insights based upon their academic research at the annual Industry Alliance Meeting. The 2019 event was organized and hosted by the ... Read More »

USDA releases MFP payment information

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a county Market Facilitation Program payment schedule for growers with commodities that have been affected by foreign retaliatory tariffs. The assistance covers specialty crops, non-specialty crops, dairy and hogs. The rates range from $15 to $150 per acre, depending on the impact the tariffs have had on that particular county. They are the ... Read More »

EPA mulls labeling biological stimulants as pesticides

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The Environmental Protection Agency has published a draft guidance that examines plant regulator label claims, including biostimulant claims, and whether at least some of these products should be labeled as pesticides. A relatively new but growing category of products, plant biostimulants contain naturally occurring substances and microbes used to stimulate plant growth, enhance plant pest resistance and reduce abiotic stress. ... Read More »