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Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame seeks nominations

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The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame is seeking nominations from the public for its next class. The nomination deadline is Nov. 1. The Agriculture Hall of Fame recognizes Arkansans who have contributed significantly to the state’s largest industry, while spotlighting their contributions to the state’s economic development. Since its first class was selected in 1987, a total of 164 men ... Read More »

Nominate an ag leader for the 2019 Louisiana Ag Hall of Distinction

Louisiana Hall of Distinction

Nominations for inductees into the 2019 Louisiana Agriculture Hall of Distinction are being accepted now through Nov. 19. Selected individuals will be recognized during a banquet at L’Auberge Hotel in Baton Rouge on March 7, 2019. The nomination form can be obtained by clicking here or through any parish Louisiana State University AgCenter Extension office.​ A joint effort of the ... Read More »

Arkansas rice producers appear to have dodged a bullet from Gordon

Arkansas rice harvest near Hazen

Arkansas farmers accelerated harvest operations in the wake of excessive rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, and those who are under way are making good crops. The Arkansas rice harvest is about 60 percent complete and seems to have survived the storm-related rains, says Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. ... Read More »

International Rice Festival fetes rice and crawfish producer Gerard Frey

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The 82nd International Rice Festival will recognize Gerard Frey as the 2018 Farmer of the Year during the event, Oct. 18-21, in Crowley, Louisiana. Frey was born and raised in the rural community of Shortbread, northeast of Iota in Acadia Parish, Louisiana. He is a fourth-generation farmer, and fourth and youngest child of Sylvester and Helen Reiners Frey. Frey has ... Read More »

California Rice Research Board honors retired farm adviser ‘Cass’ Mutters

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The California Rice Research Board recently honored Randall “Cass” Mutters with its annual Rice Industry Award. The recognition, presented at the California Rice Field Day, recognizes and honors an individual from any segment of the rice industry who has made outstanding contributions. “This is an honor to present this to Cass, who really needs no ... Read More »

California Rice Experiment Station partners with Albaugh on ROXY Rice

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The California Rice Experiment Station has found a partner in Albaugh LLC to help bring their ROXY  herbicide-tolerant rice system to market. The agreement with the Ankeny, Iowa-based marketer of post-patent crop protection materials is the culmination of several years of effort to identify a registrant and partner by the California grower-owned organization. It was ... Read More »

Texas rice growers see near-record yields, good grain quality

Texas rice

Texas rice farmers are seeing near-record yields of good quality grain, and many are considering a second harvest, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research experts. Dr. Lee Tarpley, AgriLife Research crop physiologist, Beaumont, says despite a few problems for some growers, a near-record yield is expected for producers who planted their fields early in spring. Producers in the state’s rice-growing ... Read More »

Mississippi rice production expected to be up from 2017, thanks to more acres

Read Kelly, MSU entomology student

Mississippi growers will produce about 20 percent more rice this year, thanks in part to additional acres planted over 2017’s total. Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, says early forecasts predict national yields near last year’s 7,400 pounds per acre. “National acreage is up about 20 percent. In Mississippi, the increase is slightly more at ... Read More »

With harvest past midway in Louisiana, yields look good

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The 2018 rice harvest in southwest Louisiana is past the halfway point, and Louisiana State University AgCenter agents say farmers are pleased. “Yields have been good, and it seems overall to be a very good crop,” says Jeremy Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent in Acadia Parish. “Overall, it seems like the yields have been very good.” Dry weather allowed most farmers ... Read More »