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Meeting Peak Demand

Bulk bag filler speeds packaging at Kennedy Rice Mill Because the Louisiana rice harvest takes place primarily over two months, it places a huge demand on the area’s processing capacity. Any delay in moving the processed rice to market can result in severe cash flow problems for growers. To deal with this peak demand, Elton Kennedy, one of the largest ... Read More »

Milling yield evaluation

Rice farmers call for U.S. grading modernization. B.J. Campbell Rice Producer, Quilin, Mo. Chairman of the Board,  USRPA Rice is unique among the agricultural products grown in the United States because a number of its quality attributes are visual, based on color. Some of you may remember the big stink that resulted 10 or so years ago over the definition ... Read More »

Insecticide Seed Treatments

By Dr. Jarrod Hardke University of Arkansas The three main insect pests of rice in Arkansas are grape colaspis (Lespedeza worm), rice water weevil and rice stink bug. Of these, grape colaspis and rice water weevil have traditionally been the most difficult to manage. The most damaging stage of both is the immature stage that feed on roots in the ... Read More »

Richard Farms

I have great memories of riding on the tractor with my daddy late at night. My parents made sure we spent time with both of them regardless of season. This sometimes meant going to meet dad. Christian and I do the same thing. I met him this afternoon to exchange papers, and I left with one less kid that I lost to his infatuation with the “big tractors!” That time is important for these three kids to not only see what we are doing but to be able to spend good interactive time with us. They come to the farm office with me, ride the tractor with dad, help bring lunches to the field and are around when we are harvesting. They do think that dad built them the biggest indoor bike rink since he built his farm shop next to our home! Read More »

Improving the rice futures contract: USA Rice at work

The contract must be structured to promote convergence. The rice futures contract is not a particularly efficient hedging tool, so four years ago the USA Rice Federation formed the Rice Futures Contract Working Group to study the issue and look for ways to improve the contract’s performance. Our contract struggles with low volume and episodes of wild basis swings (the ... Read More »

When Rice Shakes The World

Thought-provoking ideas about the future By Carroll Smith Editor The subtitle reads: “The Importance Of First Grain To World Economic & Political Stability.” Indeed, these words do hint at the theme, but upon settling into this masterfully written, easy-to-read book by Milo Hamilton, the essence of When Rice Shakes the World proves to be much more. The book is extremely ... Read More »

Adapt To Planting Challenges

Be prepared to adjust herbicides and application timings Heavy rainfall interfered with rice planting in 2014, complicating weed control. Protecting rice crops and preventing yield loss required continuous evaluation and adjustments to weed management programs. Johnathon Morris, an Arkansas consultant, felt the changes of the season. Like many, he had to alter herbicide choices and application timings. Weed Spectrum With ... Read More »

CA Water Rights

Farmers prepare for the possibility of new curtailments By Ching Lee Calif. Farm Bureau Federation When it came, the notice was disappointing but not surprising: The State Water Resources Control Board warned farmers, ranchers and other people with water rights to prepare for another round of curtailments in 2015. Coming off a year that resulted in water cutbacks to farms ... Read More »

Mid-South Gin Show

Make your plans now to attend this annual premier event When Feb. 27 rolls around in a couple of weeks, the 63rd Annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show will welcome visitors to the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn., where they can leisurely stroll the exhibitor aisles to see what’s new for their farming and ginning operations. Informative Ag Updates ... Read More »

Project Receives Major Grant

Rice industry, DU recognized for habitat conservation efforts Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack recently announced approved grants from the first round of proposals to the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP). The USA Rice Federation, Ducks Unlimited, Inc. (DU) and more than 40 collaborating partners are pleased that the “Rice Stewardship Partnership – Sustaining the Future of Rice” project was ... Read More »