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California Dreamin’

Rice farmers reflect on family, wildlife and their love of the land The California Rice Commission posts blogs on its Web site by California rice farmers and others associated with the industry. The first two blogs featured here are by Sandy Denn, who, along with her husband Wally, owns and operates Snow Goose Farms near Willows in Glenn County. The ... Read More »

Unleash Pivot Power

Missouri farmer finds a new way to bring rice into the rotation BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Dennis Robison, who farms in the Missouri Bootheel, is typically in a 50/50 rotation between rice and soybeans on 2,600 acres. For the most part, this rotation works well for him with the exception of a 45-acre field that has sandy, loamy soil in ... Read More »

Teamwork & Streamlining

Careful planning and an experienced staff are keys to success BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Sam and Jim Whitaker grew up farming with their mother and father, then took over the operation when their father retired. All total, this past year marked the brothers’ 19th crop. They farm thousands of acres of rice, soybeans, cotton and corn in southeast Arkansas. “Twenty ... Read More »

Conservation Pays Off

Both the environment and the economy realize benefits BY JUSTIN FRITSCHER NRCS-MISSISSIPPI Farmers and ranchers who use conservation practices on their land help clean water and air. Their operations are more efficient, and they promote the wise use of natural resources. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is an agency that helps private landowners improve their land and any nearby ... Read More »

California Scientists Honored

Humanitarian rice research is making a difference Rice is one of the globe’s most important food staples. About half of the world’s seven billion people eat rice every day. Unfortunately, about 50 million acres of rice is grown in flood-prone regions of the world, and rice plants die if they’re completely submerged for more than three days. But that’s changing, ... Read More »

Heart Belongs To The Land

Arkansas farmer strives to grow good quality seed rice BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Mark Wimpy, who farms just south of Jonesboro, Ark., raised his first seed rice in the mid-1980s. Today, he is still a seed rice producer for Cache River Valley Seed, LLC and considers raising quality seed as his greatest achievement as a farmer. In 2011, Wimpy was ... Read More »

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 »