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Take Proactive Stance Against Weeds

Last year, we struggled coming out of the gate with all the rainfall we experienced. It was a challenge to get a rice stand in some fields, which resulted in a lot of replanting. After we finally got the crop up, we battled weeds pretty hard. In our area, we have barnyardgrass, weedy rice and a lot of tighthead (Amazon) ... Read More »

Outstanding in their field

dr. mo way

RTWG Awards Luncheon recognizes peers for exemplary work. Every two years, rice researchers from around the United States and even the globe get together for the Rice Technical Working Group. This year, the two-day event was hosted by Mississippi State University and held recently in Orange Beach, Alabama. During the awards luncheon, researchers recognize peers who have made outstanding contributions ... Read More »

University of Arkansas licenses 2 long-grain varieties to Erwin-Keith

RU1701084

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has licensed two commercially released rice varieties to an Arkansas seed company that will market them to growers in time for the 2021 growing season. The long-grain rice varieties, RU1701081 and RU1701084, will be available from Erwin-Keith Inc./Progeny Ag, based in Wynne. “RU1701081 has traditional long-grain cooking quality, low chalk and can ... Read More »

Stay alert

weedy rice

Continue to keep eyes peeled for weedy rice in California fields. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The amount of California rice ground infested with weedy rice hovers around 14,000 acres, leading experts to believe that pest control advisers and growers are carefully scouting for the pest. And they hope the diligence continues. “We had three new sites (in 2019), ... Read More »

Sustainable practices help pave the way ahead

row rice

It’s hard to believe it’s almost spring, and we’re charging forward into another crop year. No doubt as you have been preparing for planting season, you’ve been reflecting on the successes and challenges of previous seasons and applying those practical lessons on your farm. Sustainability goals help offer new solutions every year, saving farmers money, time and resources, and resonating ... Read More »

Biennial rice meeting spurs open exchange of research info

Vicky Boyd

Every two years, rice researchers and allied industry representatives from around the United States and even the globe get together for a meeting of the minds at the Rice Technical Working Group. For two days, they share research results and discuss future studies focusing exclusively on rice. This year, more than 300 attended the 38th annual RTWG, which was hosted ... Read More »

From the ground up

john deere 8RX

John Deere, Case IH show off new products designed with efficiency in mind at the World Ag Expo. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • With acre upon acre of outdoor and indoor exhibits, the World Ag Expo near Tulare, California, offers growers three days to see manufacturers’ latest wares as well as proven products. John Deere and Case IH were ... Read More »

Tight stocks, positive market set the tone for this season

drill seeding rice near crowley

• By Kurt Guidry • The improvement in rice prices over the last half of 2019 and the start of 2020 certainly has created a great deal more optimism in the rice industry. While it likely took longer than most would have preferred, the reduction of available supplies with the smaller 2019 crop coupled with stronger export prices being seen ... Read More »

Optimize crop fertility with soil sampling, urease inhibitors

Early season fertility is crucial to producing a profitable, sustainable rice crop. Of utmost importance is to take soil fertility samples as directed and send them to a reputable lab for analysis. If you have not done this, do it now. If you plan to ratoon crop, you must include this option in your overall fertility management program. You should ... Read More »

COVID-19 disrupts world rice marketing

field prep

• By Peter Bachmann • The coronavirus pandemic, officially known as the “COVID-19” outbreak, has seemingly reached every corner of the globe and affected nearly every aspect of life since news of it hit the press in mid-January. International trade has been no exception to the disruptions. Cargo ships continue to chug across our oceans and barges continue to travel ... Read More »