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U.S. makes first rice sale to China

u.s. rice sales to china

• By Sarah Moran • After decades chasing the enormous China market, a sale of U.S. rice was confirmed last week. “This sale marks a turning point for the U.S. rice industry and its relationship with China as the it is the first ever of U.S. rice to a private importer and is truly historic as it sets the stage ... Read More »

Match fungal disease to best fungicide application timing

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• By Yeshi Wamishe and Jarrod Hardke • Drs. By Yeshi Wamishe, Extension rice pathologist, and Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist, provide the optimum fungicide timing window for various fungal diseases below. You also can download this information and more by clicking Blast: For neck and panicle blast, two applications may be required for maximum suppression with the first at ... Read More »

Don Groth receives inaugural LSU rice research chair

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• By Bruce Schultz • The Louisiana Rice Research Board provided an additional $500,000 earmarked for research during the recent annual LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station field day at Crowley. Those funds bring the total to $1.5 million set aside from Colombian Free Trade Agreement money that must be designated for rice research in Louisiana. Interest generated ... Read More »

Tim Burcham named director of Arkansas’ Northeast Rice Research Center

Dr. Tim Burcham

Tim Burcham will be stepping up his duties with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture as director of its planned Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center. Burcham was previously dean of the Agriculture College at Arkansas State University and held a joint appointment with the Division of Agriculture. ASU in Jonesboro is one of the campuses that works ... Read More »

USDA planting report shows higher-than-expected Arkansas rice acres

young rice, crittenden county, arkansas

The strangeness of Arkansas’ rain-soaked planting season sloshed over into Friday’s National Agricultural Statistics Service Acreage report, with the agency saying it would be collecting additional information on the state’s soybeans and cotton. NASS said that in July, it would collect information on crops in 14 states, including a recount on soybeans and cotton in Arkansas, since neither had reached ... Read More »

USDA acreage report shows just 6% decrease in planted rice acres

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its planted acreage estimates June 28, and it showed 2.76 million acres of planted rice, a 6% decrease from 2018 planted acres. The area estimated for harvest this season is 2.71 million acres, down 7% from last year. Given the weather challenges during planting, the report surprised many. “On one hand, it wasn’t surprising ... Read More »

Rice farmers recognized for sustainability, innovation

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• By Mark Isbell • Field to Market, the Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture, recently convened in Chicago for its summer plenary and to announce the 2019 Farmer Spotlights, an award recognizing innovative farmers engaging in continuous improvement and using Field to Market’s Field Print Calculator. Each month Field to Market highlights one of the Farmer Spotlights with a press release ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter shows off its full pipeline of new varieties and hybrids

Jimmy hoppe honored

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The Louisiana State University AgCenter breeding program continues on a roll with the potential release of a new Clearfield long-grain variety as well as a conventional long-grain in time for the 2020 season. If that comes to fruition, they would be grown for seed next season and be available commercially in 2021. Also in ... Read More »

‘Sedge-pocalypse’ hits Arkansas

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Sedges have exploded across Arkansas in 2019 throughout different cropping systems. Additionally, a variety of unique sedge species have made themselves known this year, and others have popped up in areas where sedges have not previously been an issue. These unique sedges are problematic as not all are created equal when it comes to controlling them with different herbicides. Add ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host 72nd annual rice field day in Beaumont, July 11

beaumont experiment station

“Texas Rice – Embracing Innovation” is the theme for the 72nd annual Texas Rice Field Day, July 11, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Beaumont. The event is free and open to the public. Field tours begin at 8 a.m., followed by an indoor program at 10:45 a.m and a noon barbecue luncheon. Morning field tours ... Read More »