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Valley Irrigation acquires Mississippi-based PrecisionKing

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Valley, Nebraska-based Valley Irrigation has acquired the Benton, Mississippi-based ag-tech company, PrecisionKing, which focuses on moisture monitoring, pump control and remote sensing. “We are excited about this acquisition for many reasons,” says Darren Siekman, Valley vice president of water delivery and business development said in a news release. “It strengthens our footprint in the Mississippi Delta region and brings additional, ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice taps Kelly Robbins as new executive director

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• By Josh Hankins • The Arkansas Rice Federation board selected Kelly Robbins as the organization’s new executive director, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Lauren Waldrip, a partner at Campbell Ward, a Little Rock-based public affairs and public relations firm. Most recently, Robbins served as executive director for the Arkansas Petroleum Council and has previously served as executive vice president ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter’s Row Rice Field Day goes virtual July 27

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The Louisiana State University AgCenter plans to launch its Row Rice Virtual Field Day, July 27, on its Northeast Louisiana Row Rice YouTube channel. As its name implies, the virtual field day’s main topic will be row rice, but it also will include a crop update from AgCenter state soybean specialist David Mosely. Among the field day topics are: • ... Read More »

UCCE publishes 6 rice fact sheets, more on the way

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The University of California Cooperative Extension Rice Team has developed a series of fact sheets to simplify and convey information about important topics that they frequently discuss with growers and pest control advisers. Each fact sheet is two pages long, back to front. There are six so far: Fact Sheet #1: Nutrients in Rice Grain and Straw at Harvest Fact Sheet ... Read More »

Out of caution, Horizon Ag cancels July 8 Louisiana field day

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Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the region and out of an abundance of caution for farmer customers and retailers, Horizon Ag is canceling its 2020 Louisiana Field Day that had been scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, at Richard Farms near Kaplan, Louisiana. “While we look forward to this field day every year and the opportunity it ... Read More »

Adama discusses robust rice products pipeline

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Adama has rolled out two off-patent herbicides for rice this season and has two more planned for introduction next year, providing they receive registration. This season, the company introduced Vopak 3ME, a micro-encapsulated formulation of clomazone, and Zurax L, a liquid formulation of quinclorac. The products join Preface and Postscript, which are paired with ... Read More »

Dr. Bob Scott tapped to lead UArk Cooperative Extension

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Bob Scott has been named director of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service, the organization that delivers the education outreach portion of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s land-grant mission. Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, announced Scott’s appointment June 19. Scott starts his new position July 1, succeeding Rick Cartwright, who retires June 30. “We ... Read More »

California Rice Experiment Station cancels its August field day

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The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, which hosts the annual California Rice Field Day at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, has decided to cancel the event this year in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes the annual business meeting that is held as part of the field day. Historically, the California Rice Field Day has been held the ... Read More »

Erwin-Keith has named two long-grains licensed from UArk

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Erwin-Keith Inc. has named the two long-grain rice varieties it licensed from the University of Arkansas earlier this year. They will be marketed under the Progeny Ag brand and be called ProGold 1 and ProGold 2. Under the agreement, the university’s Division of Agriculture’s Foundation Seed Program will produce foundation seed annually for the two long grains. Erwin-Keith Inc./Progeny Ag ... Read More »

Horizon Ag plans Louisiana field day for July 8 near Kaplan

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Rice farmers will see and hear firsthand about the latest developments in the Provisia Rice System and new Clearfield variety CLL17, available for planting next season, at the 2020 Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day, July 8, near Kaplan, Louisiana. The field day will be at Richard Farms at 17720 Louisiana Highway 699, Kaplan, Louisiana, and begins with a field tour ... Read More »