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International conference highlights the need to remain proactive against weedy rice. • By Luis Espino • This February, I had the opportunity to travel to Pelotas, Brazil, to attend the Seventh International Temperate Rice Conference. The meeting brings together temperate rice-producing countries to share information on rice issues and ongoing research. Attendees included rice scientists from Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Italy, ... Read More »

Despite wet conditions, water use remains a hot topic

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As I write this column (March 19), we historically have had at least one rice field planted in Mississippi or are beginning to plant the last week of March. But this year, I fear we will not get the first rice planted until the first week of April due to prolonged wet conditions. Speaking of wetness, the topic for this ... Read More »

Groundwater: out of sight but not out of mind

Vicky Boyd

Buried deep below the soil surface, groundwater may be out of sight. Increasingly, though, the natural resource is anything but out of mind. Several efforts, both voluntary and regulatory, are ongoing to try to reduce groundwater overdraft and increase recharge. How these will affect agriculture remains to be seen and may not be known for years to come. Arkansas completed ... Read More »

COVID-19 will test us, but we will not falter

These are difficult times for us all, to be sure. As I write this, sitting not in my office with a view of the Washington Monument but rather in my home in suburban Maryland, I can’t help but think how much our lives have changed in just one week. I’m trying to imagine what conditions will exist as you read ... Read More »

Safety first

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Prevention is key to avoiding grain bin rescues. Knowing what to do in a bin entrapment emergency also is crucial. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Before Wayne Dulaney’s crew entered a grain bin near Clarksdale, Mississippi, in January, he reminded them of safety measures: wear harnesses attached to safety lines connected to the bin and have one person stay ... Read More »

How to manage rice with a limited water supply

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• By Bruce Linquist • In the past few weeks, we have been getting updates from someNorthern California irrigation districts that water allocations have been reduced in some areas. We have provided some information in past years that will still be relevant this year. During drought years, water deliveries are often restricted. If that is the case, then “what is ... Read More »

UArk launches 2020 ‘Most Crop Per Drop’ irrigation yield contest

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Do you think you know how to irrigate and stretch your water supply? If so, enter the University of Arkansas’ “Most Crop Per Drop” contest. Unlike regular yield contests that simply look at how many bushels you can produce per acre, this contest involves how many bushels you produce per acre-inch of water used. The winner may not have the ... Read More »

Wet weather at planting slows Missouri growers

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• By Emily Woodall • Sporadic sunny skies after three months of steady rain have made planting a mixed bag in Missouri rice country. On Blake Gerard’s operation in nearby Cairo, Illinois, they planted their first rice acre of the year earlier this week. “We were blessed with some dry weather, three days of sunshine, and it was 80 degrees ... Read More »

UArk takes a hard look at COVID-19 impacts on state’s economy

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• By Mary Hightower • Arkansas agriculture and the state’s rural areas may face the potential for significant disruption in supply chain, labor and government services due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a multi-sector economic impact released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The 15-page report, released Friday, provides an overview of potential ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter surveys crawfish producers about COVID-19 impacts

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The Louisiana Farm Bureau and the Louisiana State University AgCenter are working together to study the impacts that COVID-19 is having on the Louisiana crawfish industry. This survey is being used to collect needed information to quantify the impact of COVID-19 with factual data. It is extremely important that we get timely participation of this survey to strengthen the efforts ... Read More »