Industry News

California State Water Project announces 10% initial water allocation

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The California Department of Water Resources announced an initial State Water Project allocation of 10% for the 2020 calendar year. The initial allocation is based on several factors, such as conservative dry hydrology, reservoir storage, and releases necessary to meet water supply and environmental demands, according to a news release. State allocations are based on conservative assumptions and may change ... Read More »

2020 Seed Guide

2020 rice seed guide

Review these proven and new releases for the upcoming season The 2019 season was trying, with wet conditions from the 2018 harvest carrying over into spring planting. Take time to catch your breath and reflect on what cultivars performed well — all things considered — and what ones weren’t quite there. Also take time to collect soil samples so you’ll ... Read More »

J.R. Simplot Co. to acquire Pinnacle Ag

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The J.R. Simplot Co., a privately held food and agribusiness company headquartered in Boise, Idaho, has agreed to acquire all of the interests in Pinnacle Agriculture Enterprises LLC and its subsidiaries. The acquisition will bring together two distributors of agricultural crop inputs and related services. The target acquisition close date is in early 2020. “By combining our geographic footprint and ... Read More »

Rice conservation efforts earn Field to Market sustainability award

Field to Market: The Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture recently honored recipients of the 2019 Sustainability Leadership Awards on the eve of the fifth annual Sustainable Agriculture Summit. The awards are given to farmers, organizations and individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership through efforts to advance continuous improvement in the sustainability of U.S. commodity crop production. For the first time, the ... Read More »

Horizon Ag, BASF once again offer 0% financing on their products

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To support their farmer-customers, Horizon Ag has partnered with BASF and John Deere Financial to offer fixed 0% APR financing on Horizon Ag seed and BASF crop protection products for the upcoming crop year. Eligible products include: Select Clearfield varieties such as CL111, CL151, CL153, CL163, CLL15, CLM04 and CLJ01, followed by Clearpath herbicide or Newpath herbicide. Select Provisia varieties ... Read More »

Arkansas Cooperative Extension spotlights new aromatic at downtown event

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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will showcase its newest aromatic rice variety at Downtown on the Farm from 12-6 p.m., Oct. 27, at the River Market Pavilions and First Security Amphitheater in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas The free event, hosted by Arkansas Rice and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, will highlight Arkansas agriculture and ... Read More »

Horizon Ag launches new Clearfield medium grain, CLM04

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Horizon Ag has launched CLM04, a new Clearfield medium-grain that will be commercially available to growers for the 2020 planting season. Developed by Dr. Xueyan Sha at the University of Arkansas Rice Research and Extension Center, CLM04 has shown tremendous yield potential and stability, improved blast tolerance compared to Jupiter, and milled grain characteristics similar to those found in Jupiter ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction seeking nominations

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 26, 2020, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish Louisiana State University AgCenter Extension office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Nov. 22. The Hall of Distinction is a program of the ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter plans crawfish workshops

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The Louisiana State University AgCenter will host five crawfish meetings in south Louisiana to help producers get ready for the upcoming season. “Pond management, including water and vegetation management, are among the topics that will be addressed,” said Mark Shirley, LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant crawfish specialist. Shirley and Greg Lutz, also an LSU AgCenter and Louisiana Sea Grant ... Read More »

MU plans $6.5 million investment in ag research centers, including Fisher

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright

University of Missouri officials plan to make a $6.5 million investment in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes 15 facilities statewide. Among them is the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, which focuses on rice, cotton and irrigation. The investment will enhance the university’s ability to share next-generation agricultural technologies developed by MU researchers with Missouri’s farmers and ranchers. ... Read More »