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Master Rice Grower

New LSU AgCenter program emphasizes quality and sustainability By Bruce Schlutz LSU AgCenter Officials with the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry met on April 18 with representatives of the Kellogg Co. to work on details for a Master Rice Grower program that will encourage sustainable farming practices. “We are confident that this will be a ... Read More »

California Update

Western Agricultural And Conservation Groups Form A New Coalition Representatives from agricultural and conservation groups have formed a coalition to advocate for balanced management of resources in the Western United States. Known as the Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition, the new group will focus initially on advocating for measures in the federal Farm Bill conservation title. Steering committee members include ... Read More »

California Seedsmen

Father and son team raise seed rice for local growers By Carroll Smith Editor In the California rice industry, 1912 is particularly significant because it marks the state’s first commercial rice production in Butte County. In 1914, the Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) was founded in Richvale and has since grown to several hundred farmer members. Its three lines ... Read More »

Water Management

Following is a sampling of critical water management situations, the stage of the rice and recommended practices or precautions to help alleviate the particular situation. This information is part of the Arkansas Rice Production Handbook, published by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. 1. After dry-seeding, no moisture for germination. The rice has not germinated. Flush as quickly as ... Read More »

Ship It To Me

Kellogg Company sees Louisiana Rice Mill, LLC as a ‘strategic supplier’ By Carroll Smith Editor For any industry to run smoothly and profitably, each facet has to understand the roles and goals of all the other facets. And the rice industry is no different. For example, breeders develop varieties; farmers grow the crop; millers mill the grain and sell it ... Read More »

NRCS Receives CRC’s Circle Of Life Award

Top leaders from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were on hand recently to receive the California Rice Commission’s Circle of Life Award for their pioneering work to help improve wildlife habitat in the state’s rice fields. The Circle of Life Award recognizes people and organizations that provide outstanding assistance to California rice. This year’s honor involves the NRCS’ ... Read More »

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 »