Industry News

RiceTec plans limited launch of the Max-Ace rice system this season

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Following Environmental Protection Agency approval in February, RiceTec and Adama plan to bring to market their new Max-Ace Rice Cropping Solution. The herbicide-tolerant rice cultivars, paired with Highcard herbicide, give rice growers another  weed control tool, high yield potential and a rice rotation alternative to the FullPage rice system and conventional offerings from RiceTec. Max-Ace rice cultivars, along with Highcard, ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice seeks high schoolers to become ‘Rice Reps’

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Arkansas Rice is once again seeking high school juniors and seniors in the state who want to learn more about rice and participate in rice advocacy programs. Participants also will be eligible for 10 scholarships. The program,  dubbed “Rice Reps,” runs from May through September and is sponsored by Arkansas Rice. During this period, reps will actively participate in a ... Read More »

Producers Rice, solar firm ink deal to build solar project

More than 18 months in the works, Producers Rice Mill and Scenic Hill Solar finally received approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to build a 26-megawatt DC solar power plant combined with up to 40 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity. When completed, it will be the largest commercial solar plant and battery storage system in the state. The project ... Read More »

John Deere launches weed-detecting spray system

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John Deere has launched See & Spray, a system that detects green plant material on fallow ground to activate the system. Once weeds are detected by the camera, a signal is sent back to the controller. Once the controller identifies an area of the field that’s green, a signal is sent across the boom to activate on specific nozzles. The ... Read More »

RiceTec raises $43,000 for charity

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When RiceTec launched its newest charitable program, Harvesting Hope, the company had no idea it would be amid a time that nonprofits would be struggling to raise funds to achieve their missions. Under the program, RiceTec customers who donated 1 acre of milled rice proceeds to their choice of a 501(c)3 nonprofit received one bag of seed at no charge ... Read More »

‘Most Crop Per Drop’ contest challenges Arkansas producers

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Experimentation paid off for Arkansas producers who competed in the “Most Crop Per Drop” contest — in knowledge gained about irrigation management and in cash prizes for the top winners. Contest winners were announced recently during the 34th annual Arkansas Water and Soil Education Conference, held virtually this year. The top winners in three categories — corn, rice and soybean ... Read More »

Conference honors UArk Extension’s Mike Daniels for conservation work

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• By Ryan McGeeney • The Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and the Judd Hill Foundation recently honored one of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s longest-serving conservation experts, presenting Mike Daniels with the 2021 Outstanding Conservationist Award. Daniels, Extension soil and water conservation specialist for the Division of Agriculture, received the award as part of the ... Read More »

UArk releases updated 2021 weed, insect and disease management guides

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New editions of the most widely used publications from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are now available and offer the latest research-based recommendations for managing insects, weeds and diseases in row crop agriculture, as well as in fruit, vegetable and garden production. The 2021 publications include: • MP44 — Recommended Chemicals for Weed and Brush Control. • ... Read More »

Louisiana Master Farmer Program graduates 2020 class

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The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, a Louisiana State University AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, recently graduated its 2020 class. Five new Master Farmer certifications as well as 14 recertifications were awarded  recently during a virtual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Also, Mead Hardwick of Tensas Parish was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. To become ... Read More »

MSU’s Drew Gholson to lead Alluvial Aquifer Research Center

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Dr. Drew Gholson has been appointed coordinator of the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research, a jointly created and cooperative organization established by Mississippi State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The center’s mission is to conduct research and provide information for issues surrounding water-use for agriculture and natural resources in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. ... Read More »