Intrepid receives section 18 for California armyworms

armyworm sweep net

The California Department of Pesticide Regulation has granted a section 18 emergency use exemption for Intrepid 2F insecticide from DowDuPont to control armyworms in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties. The registration comes just in time as armyworm numbers are beginning to pick up in Northern California rice fields. University of California Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

University of Arkansas names Nathan Slaton Ag Experiment Station assistant director

Nathan Slaton

Nathan Slaton, head of the Arkansas Soil Testing Lab, has been appointed assistant director of the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station effective July 1. “I am thrilled about Dr. Slaton’s willingness to become a full-time member of the Agricultural Experiment Station’s administrative team,” Jean-Francois Meullenet, director of the experiment station, said Thursday in announcing the appointment. “Nathan’s experience in production agriculture ... Read More »

Beaumont field day to highlight emerging technologies, organic production

beaumont experiment station

“Emerging Technologies for Texas Rice” will be the theme for the 71st annual field day, July 12, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research Center at Beaumont, 1509 Aggie Drive. The free event begins with field tours at 8 a.m., an indoor program at 10:45 a.m. and a noon barbecue luncheon. The afternoon organic field tour begins at 1 p.m. and ... Read More »

Three rice operations among eight Arkansas Farm Families of the Year

Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

Eight family farms, including three rice operations, were named district winners in the 71st annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year Program. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner to be announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon in North Little Rock. The winning farm family will represent Arkansas at the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt ... Read More »

Delta Council elects new officers

Delta Council logo

At its recent annual meeting at Delta State University in Cleveland, Mississippi, the Delta Council announced a new president and seven vice presidents who will serve for the coming year. This year’s president is Woods Eastland of Indianola. A retired CEO of Staplcotn, he has served on numerous national agricultural boards and commissions. Woods also served as chairman of the ... Read More »

California Rice Commission seeks board nominations

California Rice Commission logo

The California Rice Commission is seeking nominations to fill open seats on its board of directors. The following seats are open by district: • District 1 (Butte County) – 2 member; 3 alternate • District 2 (Colusa County) – 2 member; 4 alternate • District 3 (Glenn, Tehema and north) – 2 member; 3 alternate • District 4 (Yuba, Sutter) ... Read More »

Where’s the rice?

I recently attended the Field to Vase Dinner held on the grounds of the California State Capitol in Sacramento. Not only was the event a feast for the senses, but it also allowed California’s cut flower industry to showcase its incredible array of flowers, sustainability and family run operations. As part of the dinner, attendees  feasted on lamb produced just ... Read More »

Arkansas rice still on track despite rollercoaster spring weather

Arkansas rice

As the nation’s No. 1 rice producer, Arkansas can have an outsized effect on U.S. rice production one year to the next, depending on fates largely tied to the weather. And 2018 is shaping up to be anything but simple — or predictable. “The rice crop looks great at the moment, but it’s been a difficult season,” says Jarrod Hardke, ... Read More »

University of Arkansas plans new northeastern rice research station

University of Arkansas logo

As rice acreage expands in Arkansas, the University of Arkansas is working on a research center to enhance production techniques and best management practices for the grain in areas north of Interstate 40 and west of Crowley’s Ridge. “Our immediate need is to have a research farm on the type of soils now home to rice production in northeast Arkansas,” ... Read More »

The 4 R’s: Reading, writing, ‘rithmetic and rice

branding demonstration at Union Livestock Inc.

I recently sat in on one day of the San Joaquin County Farm Bureau’s four-day Ag in the Classroom program. Now in its 32nd year, it is designed to educate the educators about the importance of ag in the county and of the job opportunities the industry can offer students down the line. Many of the participants, who grew up ... Read More »