ROXY rice rocks in trials

kent mckenzie, roxy rice

Work moves forward on herbicide-tolerant California medium-grain production system. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, in conjunction with Albaugh LLC, continues work to bring the herbicide-tolerant ROXY Rice Production System to market. Researchers at the grower-owned Rice Experiment Station identified a gene in 2014 that imparts tolerance to oxyfluorfen herbicide and are developing varieties ... Read More »

2021 is presenting its own challenges to the rice industry

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Last year had unpredictable ups and downs. Unprecedented hurricane and fire seasons wracked both the South and Northern California, international shipping logistics have been disrupted and some of our largest foreign markets are still reeling from the impact of COVID-19. The pandemic isn’t over quite yet, and of course the weather doesn’t follow anyone’s orders. But with the arrival of the ... Read More »

Don’t just water. Irrigate!

MIRImultiple-inlet rice irrigation

In recent years, the focus of irrigation management in rice has taken on a whole new twist. The increase in furrow-irrigated rice, or row rice, has now surpassed 15% of the rice acres in Arkansas. While this practice has the potential to reduce irrigation demand, it is not always the case depending on the situation. Irrigation is often not needed ... Read More »

Not too much, not too little but just right

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Nitrogen management can help control rice diseases and boost quality. • By Bob Johnson • Knowing how much nitrogen to apply to rice, and when, is the key to good yields and to managing diseases such as blast and stem rot. Too much fertilizer can encourage either of these important diseases, farm advisors say. Scaling back to just enough can ... Read More »

‘You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone’

Vicky Boyd

In the song “Big Yellow Taxi,” Joni Mitchell sings, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” The COVID pandemic has reinforced this notion. Many things we used to take for granted, like in-person grower meetings and field days, disappeared overnight. As social creatures, most humans need personal interactions. We tried to ... Read More »

Rice fungicide seed treatment: To apply or not apply?

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• By Yeshi Wamishe and Jarrod Hardke • It is often important to ask why and when it is required to use a fungicide seed treatment for rice. Your field history is a big factor in your decision. If your field had a history of seedling death caused by water molds such as Pythium spp (Figure 1) or seedling blight ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter short grain is main ingredient in Louisiana-brewed sake

wetlands sake in cans

• By Bruce Schultz • Short-grain rice developed by the Louisiana State University AgCenter has been planted for a New Orleans company to make sake, a traditional Japanese beverage that is becoming more popular in the United States. The Pirogue variety was planted on 31 acres at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station on April 6 by Rick Zaunbrecher, ... Read More »

New low-glycemic rice helps curb obesity and diabetes

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• By Herry Utomo, Ida Wenefrida and Bob Butcher • Diabetes is a worldwide problem affecting more than 463 million people (9.3% of world population). In the United States alone, more than 34.2 million people have diabetes (10.5% of the U.S. population), and 88 million people aged 18 years or older have prediabetes (34.5% of the adult U.S. population). Worldwide, ... Read More »

Feral pig baits showing promise

feral hog bait

• Kenneth Gautreaux • Feral pigs are a nuisance in many areas of the country, causing billions of dollars in damage. Scientists with the LSU AgCenter and the LSU Department of Chemistry are working on a bait and delivery system to help reduce the population of feral hogs. Glen Gentry, LSU AgCenter feral hog specialist, and John Pojman, a chemistry ... Read More »