The industry has had enough changes for a while

Vicky Boyd

Change is inevitable, they say, and with the start of 2021 comes a number of shifts. Dr. Mo Way, who for 38 years has been at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Beaumont, will retire and ride into the sunset with wife Jeanie in February. The university already has posted a job notice for an assistant professor of rice ... Read More »

Rollercoaster ride

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Arkansas’ 2020 season had its ups and downs but finished on a profitable note. • By Ryan McGeeney • It almost goes without saying that 2020 will be a year to remember — even if many across the country may already be dreaming up ways to forget it. For Arkansas rice growers, the year proved to carry burdens both familiar ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter experts review 2020 rice season

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• By Bruce Schultz • Two Louisiana State University AgCenter rice experts gave their perspectives on the past growing season in Louisiana during a recent online presentation for the 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference. The event is usually held in one of the six rice-producing states — it was scheduled for Austin, Texas, in 2020 — but it was held ... Read More »

Up, up and away

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Drone technology moves to next level, measuring field elevation for cut sheets, levee placement and MIRI calculations. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Scott Matthews, who farms in Northeast Arkansas, likes to describe his continued quest for improving water-use efficiency and yields as “conservation irrigation.” “Where you’re standing right here is a critical groundwater area, and when I say that, ... Read More »

Varietal choices, new varieties and certified seed

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In California, most farmers grow medium-grain varieties. The commercially available medium Calrose rice varieties meet the high quality and yield standards for California. Varietal selection is one of the first and most important decisions a rice grower will need to make each year. In making a decision, first consider the maturity class that fits into your farming operations and climatic ... Read More »

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmers express doubts on ‘carbon farming’

Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

• By Kevin Hecteman • Plans to convert nearly 200,000 acres of California’s Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta farmland into rice production or tule-based carbon farms are being greeted with skepticism among representatives of Delta farmers. The Delta Conservancy, a state agency, has partnered with environmental organizations and universities on pilot projects aimed at stopping or slowing ongoing land subsidence in the ... Read More »

Corteva Agriscience plans California grower meetings, Feb. 3 and 10


Corteva Agriscience plans to hold two California rice grower meetings via Zoom this season rather than the usual in-person get-togethers. One is scheduled for 9-11 a.m., Feb. 3, and the second one, a repeat, will be held from 9-11 a.m., Feb. 10. Each one is free, but you must preregister to receive a link to the Zoom conference. The agenda ... Read More »

MU alerts FDA about potentially toxic pet food, prompting recall

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Following an alert by a University of Missouri veterinary toxicology expert working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled some of their Sportmix brand of pet food Dec. 30, 2020. It expanded the recall Jan. 11. The FDA launched a formal investigation to identify all Sportmix pet ... Read More »

UCCE slates virtual winter rice meeting for Feb. 11

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The University of California Cooperative Extension plans to hold its annual winter rice meetings as a virtual event Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.-noon PST. Continuing education credits are pending from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). The cost is $10, and you must preregister to receive a Zoom link. Here is the agenda: 9:00-9:10              ... Read More »

New GSI storage bin dealership opens in Jonesboro, Arkansas

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A new GSI dealership, Innovative Grain Systems, has opened in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to serve farmers in a 300-mile radius and commercial grain operations throughout the Mid-South Innovative Grain Systems offers a full line of steel grain storage bins, hopper tanks, high-efficiency dryers and grain handling accessories from GSI, an Agco brand, according to a news release. The dealership management team ... Read More »