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Museums Of Entomology

A well-curated collection is an efficient way to identify potential pests By Carroll Smith Editor As a rice farmer, if you’ve seen one rice water weevil, you’ve probably seen them all. However, when an insect shows up that farmers, consultants, Extension personnel, USDA or other industry folks don’t recognize, then it’s time to solicit the identification and diagnostic services of ... Read More »

Texas Ratoon Crop: 5 Tips For Success

Attention to detail bumps up second crop potential Several factors are critical to successful ratoon crop production. The earlier the ratoon crop matures, the higher its potential yield. Therefore, rapid stimulation of regrowth is an important factor. Apply the planned preflood nitrogen rate immediately after harvesting the main crop and flood it into the soil to stimulate regrowth. Keep soils ... Read More »

Industry News

CFBF Endorses LaMalfa For Congress As a state senator, Doug LaMalfa has remained true to his roots as a fourthgeneration rice producer and stood up to protect California’s farmers and ranchers, according to the California Farm Bureau Federation. Citing LaMalfa’s work to protect private property rights and increase the state’s water supply, CFBF has endorsed LaMalfa in his candidacy for ... Read More »

USA Rice supports new U.S. rice variety in Ghana

LSU AgCenter’s Jazzman enters this important market. By Jim Guinn VP, International Promotion USA Rice Federation As the fourth-largest exporter of rice, the United States faces stiff competition from the world’s leading rice exporters – Thailand and Vietnam. But as any good marketer will tell you, customers will flock to products that offer exceptional quality, and U.S. rice is in ... Read More »

A little lagniappe

By Carroll Smith Editor Lagniappe (lan-yap) is a Louisiana French term that means “something extra” and often unexpected – in a good way. While assembling this issue of Rice Farming, I realized that I had been the recipient of lagniappe this month and wanted to share it with our readers. The first instance appears in the cover story on pages ... Read More »

Master Rice Grower

New LSU AgCenter program emphasizes quality and sustainability By Bruce Schlutz LSU AgCenter Officials with the LSU AgCenter and the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry met on April 18 with representatives of the Kellogg Co. to work on details for a Master Rice Grower program that will encourage sustainable farming practices. “We are confident that this will be a ... Read More »

Industry News

Glyphosate-Resistant Ryegrass In Mississippi The severity of the glyphosate-resistant (GR) Italian ryegrass problem in Mississippi has varied from year to year, says Jason Bond, Mississippi State University Research/Extension weed scientist. “This year has been the worst year since the initial confirmation in 2005, and GR Italian ryegrass is spreading,” Bond says. “In the spring of 2011, there were 13 counties ... Read More »

California Update

Western Agricultural And Conservation Groups Form A New Coalition Representatives from agricultural and conservation groups have formed a coalition to advocate for balanced management of resources in the Western United States. Known as the Western Agriculture and Conservation Coalition, the new group will focus initially on advocating for measures in the federal Farm Bill conservation title. Steering committee members include ... Read More »

From dry planting to water-seeding.

Dr. John Saichuk Louisiana jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Last year I wrote an article on water management on March 29. Following is most of the first paragraph of that article. I had no idea at the time of how much of it would be accurate and how different it would be this year. “While I have not had any calls about salt water ... Read More »

Farm Bill 2012: What happens next?

Chairman Raun brings industry up-to-date on Farm Bill progress By Linda Raun Chairman USA Rice Producers’ Group USA Rice Federation As I write this piece to offer some clarity on what to expect in this year’s Farm Bill debate, a lot remains unclear. But, if I had to foreshadow what I think may happen, it would go along these lines. ... Read More »