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Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction seeks nominations for 2021 inductees

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

The Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction is now accepting nominations for its annual induction ceremony, which will be held March 4, 2021, in Baton Rouge. The nomination form can be obtained online at www.louisianaagriculturehallofdistinction.com or through any parish LSU AgCenter office. The deadline for receiving nominations is Dec. 1. The Hall of Distinction is a program of the Louisiana Radio ... Read More »

USA Rice seeks nominations for annual sustainability award

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• By Lydia Holmes • While this year may look very different in many ways, the sustainability efforts of the U.S. rice industry continue with renewed commitment. Take time to recognize the crop’s unique environmental qualities and the diligent men and women who improve rice’s sustainability every day by nominating them for the 2020 USA Rice Sustainability Award. The annual ... Read More »

RiceTec keeps hybrid focus but adds varieties

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • RiceTec is expanding its portfolio to include inbred rice lines – commonly called varieties — but the Alvin, Texas-based company plans to continue focusing on its core offerings of rice hybrids. The first varieties could be on the market as early as 2022, depending on how they perform in university and company field trials. ... Read More »

Valent USA launches seed treatment package featuring Zeltera fungicide

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Valent U.S.A. has launched the Zeltera Rice System, a seed treatment package that offers both above- and below-ground protection for rice seeds in the South and Mid-South production regions. A key to the program is the new Indiflin branded fungicide, which contains the active ingredient, inpyrfluxam. Recently registered by the Environmental Protection Agency, inpyrfluxam targets Rhizoctonia solani, including strobilurin-resistant strains. ... Read More »

3 ag chem wholesalers/retailers form joint venture as GreenPoint AG

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Agri-AFC, GreenPoint AG and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative have formed a joint venture combining their agronomy operations and will operate under the banner “GreenPoint AG.” The combination will include all operations of Agri-AFC LLC’s wholesale and retail business, GreenPoint AG’s retail business and Tennessee Farmers Cooperative’s wholesale agronomy business.a The combined GreenPoint AG is owned by three parent companies: Alabama Farmers ... Read More »

Gowan acquires distribution rights to Ricestar HT herbicide from Bayer

Gowan Co. LLC has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire the exclusive distribution rights to Bayer’s post-emergent rice herbicide, Ricestar HT. The agreement gives Gowan rights to the supply and supplemental distribution of the herbicide, effective Sept. 1, with all commercial sales and marketing responsibilities in the United States transferring from Bayer to Gowan, according to a ... Read More »

RiceTec hosts virtual field day that includes behind-the-scenes views

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Early in the growing season, RiceTec began producing a back-up plan for their traditional field day by recording the season. The result is a series of videos at https://fieldday.ricetec.com that provides some behind-the-scenes views, such as hybrid seed production, that field day attendees normally wouldn’t see. The videos include topics such as: • A message from RiceTec’s Global CEO • ... Read More »

Annual scholarship video contest features new sponsor, better prizes

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The annual National Rice Month Scholarship Video Contest is up and running with a new sponsor, American Commodity Co., and a revamped website full of information and tips on making and submitting a great video. Open to graduating high school students from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri or Texas, the contest asks students to create a video that in 3 ... Read More »

Horizon Ag adds 2 new Clearfield varieties to its 2021 offerings

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With rice harvest gaining speed in many areas and the crop making rapid progress in others, reports are coming in across the South regarding the strong performance of promising new Horizon Ag Clearfield and Provisia varieties. Farmers are already starting to call to book seed for 2021, said Dr. Tim Walker, Horizon Ag general manager. And the new Clearfield varieties, ... Read More »

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 »