Arsenic in Rice

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter agronomist at the Rice Research Station near Crowley, is participating in a multi-state study on arsenic in rice to determine if levels of the element are higher in different varieties and to see if varied flooding methods affect arsenic content. “Can we change the water management practices to alter the uptake ... Read More »

Fields-Eye View

Tools, technology and training in real time on the turnrow Most rice farmers are familiar with the high-profile items used in producing a crop and regulations related to managing their employees. However, Rice Farming has compiled a short list pertaining to tools, technology and training that may not have crossed every producer’s radar screen yet. Rice Scout App A smartphone ... Read More »

Water Use In Rice

California Rice Commission urges “real people” to communicate about rice during the drought If there is one thing that is associated with rice other than rice straw burning, it is misperceptions about its water use. The common dig that rice uses a lot of water was started in 1986 when Marc Reisner wrote the book Cadillac Desert. While Marc later ... Read More »

Carbon Offset Credits

ACR project begins in Califronia, aims for Mid-South expansion The American Carbon Registry (ACR) has recently listed a first-of-its-kind project aimed at rewarding rice growers for voluntarily reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Emission Reductions in California Rice Management Systems project is the first aggregated agriculture project in the United States covering key rice-growing areas in Sutter, Colusa and Glenn Counties ... Read More »

A Work in Progress

Be proactive in controlling resistant weeds When weed resistance in rice first appeared, it soon became clear that a silver bullet herbicide program was not magically going to materialize to solve the problem. Everyone involved with weeds in the rice industry went to work to come up with programs to fit most resistance issues. However, even though these programs have ... Read More »

The Power of Being Social

California Rice benefits from the communications revolution It all began with “Of Rice and Rain,” 207 words from Sacramento Valley rice grower Tom Butler on the impact of rainfall during the fall 2010 rice harvest. His was the first blog post on the California Rice website (CalRice.org). Little did we know that this initial foray into the large and mysterious ... Read More »

Master Rice Grower

The LSU AgCenter continued to work with the Kellogg Co. during the past year on a sustainability program for rice farmers. The result is a Master Rice Grower program that will be offering incentives for farmers to adopt conservation practices through the Louisiana Master Farmer Program. “Through our close collaboration with Kellogg over the past two years, we have been ... Read More »

Under Pressure

When your back’s against the wall, you tend to think out of the box. If you find yourself in Arkansas rice farmer Jackie Ray Banks’s circumstances, you may have to think outside of the window, the planting window. Consider this scenario set on May 29, 2013. From March 3 to May 22, it had rained a total of 15.8 inches, ... Read More »

Family Legacy

California brothers represent four generations of rice with the fifth generation not far behind By Carroll Smith Editor Criss Jami, an American poet, essayist and existentialist philosopher quotes, “Unlike wealth, there is an infinite value in legacy.” And a family legacy in the form of a life-giving grain such as rice, is the epitome of immeasurable worth. “I’m a fourth ... Read More »

A Passion For Farming

‘So God Made a Rice Farmer’s Daughter’ By Jenna Martin Jenna Martin, 17, of Hickory Ridge, Ark., is the 2013-14 Miss Arkansas Rice. With this title, she will promote rice throughout the state. Jenna ends each of her speaking engagements with the following poem, which describes her passion for farming. “The first time I heard ‘So God Made a Farmer’ ... Read More »