Industry News

California Rice Research Board honors retired farm adviser ‘Cass’ Mutters

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The California Rice Research Board recently honored Randall “Cass” Mutters with its annual Rice Industry Award. The recognition, presented at the California Rice Field Day, recognizes and honors an individual from any segment of the rice industry who has made outstanding contributions. “This is an honor to present this to Cass, who really needs no ... Read More »

USA Rice seeks nominations for second annual Rice Sustainability Award

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If you know a grower or entity that has embraced sustainability through innovative practices and leadership, they might be a perfect candidate for the second annual USA Rice Sustainability Award. Now in its second year, the award is designed to highlight rice’s unique environmental qualities and the men and women who improve its sustainability every day, according to a new ... Read More »

FullPage system headlines RiceTec’s Arkansas field day

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Many growers for the first time got to see the FullPage herbicide-tolerant rice system growing in the field during RiceTec’s recent field day near Harrisburg, Arkansas. For the 2019 growing season, Alvin, Texas-based RiceTec plans a limited release of four long-grain hybrids bred to tolerate over-the-top applications of Preface and Postscript IMI herbicides from Adama ... Read More »

UC kicks off 2018 Rice Yield Contest with a few changes

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The University California Cooperative Extension is launching its yield contest once again for 2018 with a few changes. New this year is the grand prize of a John Deere side-by-side (XUV 560E) for the overall winner. The name of each regional winner will be placed into a hat and the winner drawn at the 2019 winter grower meetings. Each regional ... Read More »

Belchim USA to distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide

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Wilmington, Delaware-based Belchim Crop Protection USA will distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide to control rice stink bugs. The product — registered by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 — contains the active ingredient dinotefuran, a neonicotinoid. With more emphasis on quality, many growers are paying closer attention to controlling rice stink bugs, since they can cause pecky rice. If the defect ... Read More »

California producer elected USA Rice chairman

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Charley Mathews Jr., a rice producer from Marysville, California, was elected chairman of USA Rice, replacing Brian King who will complete his term at the end of July. Mathews will assume his new role on Aug. 1. In addition, Frank Carey was elected chairman of The Rice Foundation. Carey, with Valent LLC, replaces Mathews, who served as chairman of The Rice ... Read More »

California RES sets Rice Field Day for Aug. 29

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The California Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, in partnership with the California Rice Research Foundation and the University of California, will host its annual Rice Field Day Aug. 29. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. with a general session that includes the foundation’s annual membership meeting, followed by the Rice Research Trust Report and California Rice Industry Award. Two field tours ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice Field Day returns to field-tour format

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The Arkansas Rice Expo is taking a hiatus this year, with the annual event in Stuttgart returning to its field-tour format. The Arkansas Rice Field Day at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart is planned for Aug. 3. It features a pair of two-hour field tours that will cover the spectrum of production issues including breeding, irrigation, weed, ... Read More »

Parent company closes Colusa, California, sweet rice mill

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Woodland, California-based PGP International plans to shut down operations at its sweet rice milling facility in Colusa, California, by the end of August after all open commitments have been met. The decision to close the Riverbend Mill, which parent company ABF Ingredients acquired in 2007, came after several months of review and will affect 16 employees, according to a news ... Read More »