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Variety/Hybrid 2013 Roster

Impressive lineup offered for upcoming growing season It goes without saying that variety/hybrid selection is one of the most important decisions that a rice farmer has to make during the winter planning time. Following are quite a few offerings for 2013. Consider your farm field-by-field when making choices for the upcoming season. The following information about these rice varieties/hybrids and ... Read More »

Mississippi State Receives Delta Land

Late pilot willed MSU an $8 million bequest of real estate By Amy Cagle MSU Foundation Willis Durden “Dan” McGeary left Mississippi to follow his dream of becoming a pilot, but he never once forgot his connection to his home state or his alma mater, Mississippi State University. The last surviving member of a prominent Delta family, McGeary willed Sidon ... Read More »

Prices could continue to move higher after the first of the year

By Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter The fundamental supply and demand situation was provided a small boost with the release of the USDA’s November supply and demand report. For much of 2012, the rice market has been fairly stagnant as lackluster demand has limited momentum. However, signs of improving demand and prospects for additional future demand are starting to firm up ... Read More »

REACH Program

MSU showcases BMPs, making farms models of sustainability By Bonnie Coblentz MSU Ag Communications Much of agriculture’s success depends on effective water management, which must be done to keep both farmland and surrounding areas healthy. Agriculture was a $6.7 billion industry in Mississippi last year, and the state is on track to match that value in 2012. That makes agriculture ... Read More »

Sustainable Agriculture

U.S. rice industry committed to taking proactive stance By Carroll Smith Editor Almost three years ago, buyers in the rice industry were getting requests from end users about sustainability and U.S. rice farming sustainability practices. Today, sustainable agriculture has become a buzzword, especially with consumers. To define what sustainability means for U.S. rice production and ensure a long-term and viable ... Read More »

Museums Of Entomology

A well-curated collection is an efficient way to identify potential pests By Carroll Smith Editor As a rice farmer, if you’ve seen one rice water weevil, you’ve probably seen them all. However, when an insect shows up that farmers, consultants, Extension personnel, USDA or other industry folks don’t recognize, then it’s time to solicit the identification and diagnostic services of ... Read More »

Texas Ratoon Crop: 5 Tips For Success

Attention to detail bumps up second crop potential Several factors are critical to successful ratoon crop production. The earlier the ratoon crop matures, the higher its potential yield. Therefore, rapid stimulation of regrowth is an important factor. Apply the planned preflood nitrogen rate immediately after harvesting the main crop and flood it into the soil to stimulate regrowth. Keep soils ... Read More »

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 »