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Would a rice by any other name still smell as sweet?

Vicky Boyd

Numbers don’t lie. For the 2018-19 rice marketing year, imports are expected to comprise more than 24 percent of domestic rice use — a record, according to figures from U.S. Department of Agriculture ag economist Nathan Childs. Of that, most will be Thai jasmine. Just 20 years ago, imports made up about 8 percent of domestic use. Although some of ... Read More »

Clean fields

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Extremely grassy season put the new Provisia Rice System to the test • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Growers with resistant weedy rice who planted the first commercial Provisia rice variety in 2018 say the decision was a “no-brainer,” even though they knew it had a slightly lower yield potential. The alternative would have been either suffering significant yield loss due ... Read More »

Growers have new tools in their toolbox for 2019

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We have been fortunate to see new products on the market for rice over the past few years. These products have put more tools in the toolbox for us to use to manage our rice crop. In 2018, we saw three new herbicides (Loyant, Gambit and Provisia), one new herbicide premix (RiceOne), one fungicide (AmistarTop) and of course, the new ... Read More »

The Farm Bill gets in under the wire

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After more than two years of work, discussing and debating policies and ironing out the kinks, the 2018 Farm Bill has finally been passed and signed into law, and it’s due largely in part to the perseverance and hard work of USA Rice members. You told us what you needed from the Farm Bill, and we took it to Capitol ... Read More »

Southwest Louisiana meetings provide production advice to farmers

2019 Crowley LSU AgCenter winter rice meeting

• By Bruce Schultz • In a series of meetings in southwest Louisiana, Louisiana State University AgCenter experts offered farmers advice for growing their 2019 crop. Farmers met recently in Welsh, Abbeville, Ville Platte and Crowley only a few weeks from the start of planting season. AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso says a new line of Provisia rice, PVL108, in development ... Read More »

California rolls out new Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program

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The California Rice Commission has been working closely with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife to establish rules for new California Winter Rice Habitat Incentive Program. These rules, published in the Department’s Public Solicitation Notice, establish the provisions for receiving and evaluating grower/landowner applications and how the habitat contracts will be administered. The PSN provides the most detailed information ... Read More »

University of Arkansas to host several water management/irrigation schools

Chris Henry irrigation school

Arkansas crop producers who want to get a better handle on water use in 2019 will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation/water management schools. “The schools are small groups with short instruction and include practical exercises,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Surge/soil moisture sensor schools ... Read More »

UA rice processing expert among 5 named to Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame

Dr. Terry Siebenmorgen

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame plans to induct five individuals whose leadership and service have brought distinction to the state’s largest business sector. The newest class includes retired University of Arkansas educator Dr. L.B. (Bernie) Daniels of Fayetteville; Ed Fryar of Rogers, the founder of Ozark Mountain Poultry; UA professor Dr. Donna Graham of Fayetteville; UA distinguished professor Dr. ... Read More »

Mark your calendars for the 67th Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, March 1-2

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

The 67th annual Mid-South Farm & Gin Show is set for March 1-2 at the Cook Convention Center in Memphis, Tenn. The two-day event offers attendees the opportunity to see what’s new in the industry and hear from respected leaders, according to Timothy Price, show manager. “We are expecting a bumper crop of new products and services at the 2019 ... Read More »