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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 »

iPhones and Androids and apps, oh my!

By Carroll Smith Editor From telegraphs to text messages and rotary dials to keypads, when it comes to phones, we’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. Cell phones not only have revolutionized the way we communicate but also how we live our lives and do our jobs via cell phone applications, or apps, as they’ve been dubbed by all the cool ... Read More »

California Seedsmen

Father and son team raise seed rice for local growers By Carroll Smith Editor In the California rice industry, 1912 is particularly significant because it marks the state’s first commercial rice production in Butte County. In 1914, the Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) was founded in Richvale and has since grown to several hundred farmer members. Its three lines ... Read More »

Water Management

Following is a sampling of critical water management situations, the stage of the rice and recommended practices or precautions to help alleviate the particular situation. This information is part of the Arkansas Rice Production Handbook, published by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. 1. After dry-seeding, no moisture for germination. The rice has not germinated. Flush as quickly as ... Read More »

Ship It To Me

Kellogg Company sees Louisiana Rice Mill, LLC as a ‘strategic supplier’ By Carroll Smith Editor For any industry to run smoothly and profitably, each facet has to understand the roles and goals of all the other facets. And the rice industry is no different. For example, breeders develop varieties; farmers grow the crop; millers mill the grain and sell it ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited Receives Conservation Achievement Award

Ducks Unlimited (DU) Inc. is the recipient of the USA Rice Federation’s Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award, which recognizes the organization’s leadership in and contributions to U.S. wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The award honors those whose exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation benefit natural resources and wildlife significantly, with those values and benefits being extended to the local, state ... Read More »

NRCS Receives CRC’s Circle Of Life Award

Top leaders from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were on hand recently to receive the California Rice Commission’s Circle of Life Award for their pioneering work to help improve wildlife habitat in the state’s rice fields. The Circle of Life Award recognizes people and organizations that provide outstanding assistance to California rice. This year’s honor involves the NRCS’ ... Read More »