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Researchers: Fertilizer choice can affect methane-producing organisms in soil

sampling rice fields for methane

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture rice research may lead to more sustainable crop production in the state and around the world. The quest for increased sustainability in agriculture and other industries includes examining greenhouse gases and how they’re generated. In the United States, only a small fraction of greenhouse gases are attributed to agriculture – 8.6 percent, according ... Read More »

California rice growers to vote on commission referendum

California Rice Commission logo

In early February, growers and handlers will receive a ballot from the California Department of Food and Agriculture for the California Rice Commission referendum. Recipients are asked to take a moment to fill it out and return it. Every five years, the commission is required to go to both growers and handlers and reaffirm that the industry wishes to continue ... Read More »

Another weed-control tool

RT7321 FP

RiceTec plans limited launch of FullPage herbicide-tolerant hybrids this season. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • For the 2019 season, Alvin, Texas-based RiceTec plans a limited release of four long-grain hybrids developed to tolerate over-the-top applications of Preface and Postscript IMI herbicides from Adama Inc. In 2018, 11 growers from South Texas to Northeast Arkansas got a sneak peak of the ... Read More »

LACA annual February ag tech conference features improved format

louisiana ag consultants associatoin

The Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association will be held Feb. 11-13, 2019, at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. Jay Mahaffey will be featured in the pre-conference symposium on Monday morning, Feb. 11, talking about good agronomics and decision making in grain crops and cotton. Attendance in this symposium will be limited, ... Read More »

Some fall-applied residuals may injure following year’s rice crop

Italian ryegrass

Although fall-applied residual herbicides are recommended to control glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass, some can be detrimental to the following year’s rice crop, according to recently published research. Involved in the project were Ben Lawrence, a Mississippi State University graduate student; Dr. Jason Bond, MSU weed scientist; Henry Edwards, MSU graduate student; and Dr. Bobby Golden, MSU Extension agronomist. The researchers looked ... Read More »

California’s Lundberg Family Farms recognized for conservation efforts

lundberg Family farms

Lundberg Family Farms of Richvale, California, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 California Leopold Conservation Award. It is presented annually by the Sand County Foundation, Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau Federation. Named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award was created by the Sand County Foundation to recognize exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. It ... Read More »

CO2 fumigant receives 2(ee) for burrowing rodents

Eliminator IGI fumigation system

IGI Carbon Dioxide, which previously had been registered for fumigating pests of stored grain, recently received a Section 2(ee) recommendation for burrowing rodents. It is used with the Eliminator application probe designed specifically to treat pests in underground burrows and tunnels. “The door is now open for pest control operators to add burrowing rodent control to their list of available ... Read More »

Farm broadcasters honor Louisiana’s Don Molino for industry leadership

The National Association of Farm Broadcasters have named Don Molino of the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network as its Farm Broadcaster of the Year. The award, which was presented at its recent annual convention in Kansas City, recognizes “individuals who have proven their abilities in broadcasting, have shown true commitment to the industry through their actions and their promotional efforts, ... Read More »

Purdue researcher develops handheld plant health sensor

A Purdue University professor has built an innovative handheld sensor that gives plant scientists and farmers a more precise way to measure crop health while gathering up-to-the-minute data that state and federal officials and others will find valuable. Jian Jin, an assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, hopes his hyperspectral-imaging device will be used widely by ... Read More »