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University of Arkansas hires new Extension weed scientist

Tommy Butts

The newest University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture weed scientist says he expects to rack up more than a few miles of field walking as he learns more about the issues faced by Mid-South farmers. Hailing from southern Wisconsin, weed scientist Thomas Butts took his new position as Extension weed scientist on Nov. 26. He brings a diverse background, ... Read More »

Don’t expect USDA market reports, ag statistics during government shut down

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Don’t look for any type of U.S. Department of Agriculture market reports, ag statistics or supply and demand estimates as long as the government remains shut down. That was the status update the USDA issued Dec. 28, 2018, one of the last days its public relations department was still working. Some functions, such as inspection of agricultural goods — including ... Read More »

Horizon Ag, BASF team with Rabo AgriFinance on 0% financing

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Horizon Ag and BASF have partnered to offer rice farmers zero percent APR financing through Rabo AgriFinance for Clearfield  and Provisia  varieties and certain BASF crop protection purchases for the 2019 season. The Rabo AgriFinance program is in addition to a previously announced zero percent APR program on Horizon Ag varieties and BASF crop protection products through the multi-use account ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Consultants plan chock-full ag technology conference

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The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association has filled its Agricultural Technology and Management Conference, Feb. 11-13, to the brim with a broad array of general session topics and break-out sessions for consultants, applicators and growers. General session topics range from bollworm resistance to emerging technologies and the “Roundup verdict.” Break-out sessions are planned for multi-crops, cotton, rice and sugar cane. Download ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter sets rice grower meetings for January, February

LSU AgCenter

The LSU AgCenter will hold a series of meetings to help rice farmers prepare for their 2019 crop. The educational sessions will provide farmers with advice on choosing varieties, land preparation, controlling pests and the new farm bill. Farmers also will hear updated information on new technologies, including herbicides, fungicides and insecticides registered last season. The sessions, which will include ... Read More »

Year of extremes took a toll on Arkansas rice and soybeans

arkansas rice awaits harvest

A year of weather extremes — from a hard-frozen winter to a summer of drought to seemingly endless rains in the fall — took its toll on both rice and soybean, two of Arkansas’s top crops. Rice, however, emerged from the fray in notably better shape. “It’s probably been the most problematic year out of the last several,” says Jeremy ... Read More »

Missouri releases first variety, a semi-dwarf medium grain

MM17 rice

Researchers in Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture along with the Missouri Rice Research and Merchandising Council have released for the 2019 season a new rice variety bred for southeast Missouri. Called MM17, it is a semi-dwarf, mid-season, medium-grain variety with excellent yield potential. It was developed by pedigree selection in Southeast’s Rice Research Greenhouse in Malden, Missouri, and ... Read More »

Isbells named Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

Chris and Judy Isbell

Chris and Judy Isbell of Humnoke, Arkansas, were named the 2018 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year at the recent Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention. They will now compete with 10 southeastern state winners in the 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program in Moultrie, Georgia, in October 2019. The Isbells say they are humbled to receive ... Read More »

UC farm advisers ID new weedy rice biotype in a field

type 6 weedy rice

This season, University of California Cooperative Extension rice farm advisers were contacted by several growers and pest control advisers to inspect plants suspected to be weedy rice. When the identification was difficult, farm advisers grew them in the greenhouse to determine if they were weedy or not. Of these, only five turned out to be weedy. The infestations in these fields ... Read More »