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Dr. Merle Anders honored with 2020 Field to Market Spotlight recognition

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• By Lydia Holmes • Dr. Merle Anders was honored recently as part of Field to Market’s 2020 Trusted Adviser Spotlight Series, recognizing his outstanding leadership in implementing innovative approaches to scale sustainable agriculture. Through his role with the USA Rice/Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership and his work as an independent crop consultant, Anders supports rice farmers across Arkansas in ... Read More »

It’s OK to let the rice flood down

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• By Drew Gholson and Dan Roach • Alternate wetting and drying is a water-saving technology that farmers can use to reduce the amount of irrigation water used in rice fields without any yield penalty. In AWD, farmers allow the flood water to recede to a “muddy” state before re-flooding the field. The number of days of non-flooded soil between ... Read More »

The heat is on in California

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• By Dr. Steve Linscombe • California rice growers are watching their thermometers as much as they are observing their rice fields these days. Daily high temperatures are forecasted to be well above 100 degrees through Saturday in Colusa — located on the west side of the Sacramento Valley — reaching as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit on Friday. Temperatures ... Read More »

Dr. Bob Scott tapped to lead UArk Cooperative Extension

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Bob Scott has been named director of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service, the organization that delivers the education outreach portion of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s land-grant mission. Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, announced Scott’s appointment June 19. Scott starts his new position July 1, succeeding Rick Cartwright, who retires June 30. “We ... Read More »

California Rice Experiment Station cancels its August field day

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The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation, which hosts the annual California Rice Field Day at the Rice Experiment Station in Biggs, has decided to cancel the event this year in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. This includes the annual business meeting that is held as part of the field day. Historically, the California Rice Field Day has been held the ... Read More »

2020 is shaping up to be a bad rice water weevil year

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• By Nick Bateman, Gus Lorenz and Ben Thrash • We have received multiple phone calls over the past week about rice water weevils, and based on our observations, it is trending toward a bad rice water weevil year. This should come as no surprise with the mild winter we had this year. Many fields that have been flooded in ... Read More »

UA Pine Bluff teams with other agencies on feral hog program

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Feral hogs continue to be a major problem in Arkansas, causing more than $19 million yearly to the state’s agriculture industry alone, according the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. In addition to crop losses, feral hogs damage pastures, destroy wildlife habitat, pollute water and transmit disease to livestock and, in rare cases, to people. Feral hogs have been known to move ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter Rice Field Day goes virtual

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• By Bruce Schultz • UPDATED — The 2020 field day at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in Crowley will be held online only because of the challenges caused by the ongoing pandemic. The internet presentations by Rice Research Station faculty is now available for viewing at www.LSUAgCenter.com/ricefieldday. “This virtual field day will allow our scientists ... Read More »

Rice, vegetable grower Rick Roth named Florida Farmer of the Year

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Florida Farm Bureau Federation has named Rick Roth of Palm Beach County as the 2020 Florida Farmer of the Year. A vegetable, herb, rice, sugarcane and sod producer, Roth is also a member of the Florida House of Representatives. This prestigious honor is awarded to a recipient by a panel of judges based upon success in agricultural production, the implementation ... Read More »

Louisiana rice crop off to a good start

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• By Bruce Schultz • This year’s rice crop is progressing well, and the recent Tropical Storm Cristobal had little effect, an LSU AgCenter rice expert said at the Evangeline Parish rice field day June 11. AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell said March temperatures were warmer than normal and were ideal for young rice, but April brought three cold fronts ... Read More »