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Arkansas Rice Field Day returns to field-tour format

jarrod hardke

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 »

Arkansas launches feral hog reporting system

wild hogs

The Arkansas Feral Hog Eradication Task Force has established an anonymous reporting system to gauge just how many of the swine pests are in the state and how the current hog-removal efforts are faring. These easily accessible reporting forms are available to report wild hogs killed or wild hogs sighted and can be completed within minutes whenever feral hogs are ... Read More »

Arkansas entomologists work to refine armyworm treatment thresholds

fall armyworms

Fall armyworms, a common pest of soybeans, pastures and lawns, have developed a taste for rice, and Extension entomologists are working on management methods to help producers. Gus Lorenz and Nick Bateman, Extension entomologists with the University of Arkansas, say answers to grower questions aren’t as simple as they’d like. “We’re starting to get a lot of phone calls about ... Read More »

Row rice gains ground in Arkansas

row rice

In parts of Arkansas, the signature sweeping curves of rice field levees are being replaced by straight rows, a change that can provide significant cost savings for growers. Most of the rice in Arkansas is grown in controlled floods. The curved levees follow the field contours, enabling growers to maintain water levels and keep roots submerged. Fields are irrigated using ... Read More »

Parent company closes Colusa, California, sweet rice mill

pgp sweet rice

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 »

RiceTec plans to hold Arkansas Field Day, Aug. 7, in Harrisburg

RiceTec's new naming system

RiceTec will show off several new technologies during its Arkansas Field Day, Aug. 7, at the company’s Arkansas Business Center, 15329 Highway 1 in Harrisburg. The afternoon program will showcase new products RiceTec plans to bring to the market within the next two years. Among those are FullPage hybrids, which have been bred to tolerate IMI herbicides. They will be ... Read More »

Time for California growers to start scouting for weedy rice

weedy rice in california

Now that clean-up herbicide applications are finishing, it is a good time to start thinking about weedy rice. If your field has a history of weedy rice, start scouting for watergrass-looking weeds. Check patches of surviving grass. If the plants have no ligule, they are watergrass. If a ligule is present, they are rice (cultivated or weedy). Also check the ... Read More »

Solar technology is heating up in Arkansas agriculture

solar panels

Fields across Arkansas seem to be sprouting solar panels as multiple growers take advantage of the one thing they can count on: the sun. Solar energy is catching on with Arkansas farmers, which is a trend that is very promising for the state, says Rick Cartwright, head of the Cooperative Extension Service for the University of Arkansas System Division of ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter showcases breeding efforts at field day

Adam Famoso LSU AgCenter

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The Louisiana State University AgCenter rice breeding program isn’t resting on its laurels after the successful release of PVL01, the first variety with tolerance to Provisia herbicide. In the pipeline are PVL108, which makes up for some of the shortcomings of PVL01, as well as a number of conventional varieties and hybrids. Breeders were joined ... Read More »