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rock town distillery

Arkansas rice stars in bourbon from Little Rock’s Rock Town Distillery • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • By definition, bourbon whiskey must be made in the United States and be at least 51% corn, but that means 49% can be other grains. For Phil Brandon, founder of Rock Town Distillery in Little Rock, Arkansas, the natural choice for one of ... Read More »

Put to the test

craig hamm, marcus pousson

FullPage hybrids performed as expected during challenging 2019 season • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Despite challenging conditions, RiceTec’s FullPage herbicide-tolerant rice system performed as expected during the 2019 season with improved imidazolinone tolerance and agronomic traits similar to current Clearfield rice hybrids. The Alvin, Texas-based hybrid rice development company had about 20 farm-scale FullPage demonstrations planted from South Texas ... Read More »

Program provides leadership succession planning

Vicky Boyd

As I looked out at the attendees of the recent rice leadership program alumni dinner in Little Rock, Arkansas, I couldn’t help but notice how many of today’s leaders were graduates of the program. Possibly even more heartening was the large number of young people who had recently completed the program and were poised to take on industry leadership rolls. ... Read More »

Despite wet winter, UC yield contest winners still cut 100-plus cwt/acre

UCCE yield contest

• By Bruce Linquist • In 2015, University of California Cooperative Extension started the UCCE Rice Yield Contest as a pilot study in Butte County. The contest has now expanded to include all of the Sacramento Valley.Because of potential regional yield differences, the valley was divided into regions (1-NE, 2-NW, 3-S) using the Sacramento River and Highway 20 as dividing ... Read More »

University of Arkansas releases new Clearfield long grain for seed production

CLL16

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor •  The University of Arkansas has released CLL16 — a new Clearfield long-grain variety — for seed production in 2020. It will be available commercially to growers in 2021. From the breeding program of Dr. Karen Moldenhauer, the variety has the taller upright architecture of many of her other releases. CLL16 plant height averages 36 ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter experts offer tips on upcoming season

Adam Famoso LSU AgCenter

• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers preparing for the 2020 crop heard recently from LSU AgCenter experts about what they should be considering before they get into the fields. The meetings were held in Welsh, Vidrine and Crowley, and more are scheduled. Don Groth, resident coordinator of the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station, said the medium-grain ... Read More »

California producers to vote on assessment increase in June

California Rice Commission logo

After review of projected monitoring and reporting costs along with fees for the state’s rice waste discharge requirements, the California Rice Commission board decided in December to begin the process for an industry vote to increase the assessment cap. Currently, it is set at 15 cents per hundredweight, and the board decided to seek a 20 cent cap. The commission ... Read More »

Researchers go back to the future in search of rice traits

collecting samples

• By Bruce Schultz • The LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is collaborating with a Cornell University-based project aimed at studying the ancestors of what became the modern rice plant. Researchers hope the work will uncover useful traits from the wild lines of rice that have been lost through domestication. Three wild strains of rice from China, ... Read More »

National Ag Law Center offers guidance on solar leases

A.J. Hood solar

With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns. The National Agricultural Law Center has published two guides to help landowners navigate solar leases. “The Farmland Owner’s Guide to Solar Leasing” and “Understanding Solar Energy Agreements” are meant ... Read More »

U Ark entomologists work on new armyworm defoliation thresholds

fall armyworm

Severe defoliation in rice from a large flight of fall armyworms in 2016 led researchers with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture to develop a new defoliation threshold, said Nick Bateman, assistant professor and crop entomologist. It is common to see fall armyworms, a defoliating caterpillar pest, in pastures and fields, he said. Defoliation is the removal of ... Read More »