MSU hosts virtual soil moisture monitor showcase

moisture sensor showcase

Row-crop growers and consultants now have an online resource for objective information on soil moisture monitoring systems. The Mississippi State University Extension Service and the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research have jointly launched a virtual showcase of 11 soil moisture monitoring systems currently installed at the Delta Research and Extension Center. This program is a part of the Row-Crop ... Read More »

USDA grant supports multi-disciplinary study of crop residue burning

open-field burning

Researchers at four higher education institutions have begun work on a federally funded project that will focus on determining better management techniques for burning crop residues. The project director is Dr. Aaron M. Shew, assistant professor and R.E.L. Wilson Chair of Agricultural Economics in Arkansas State University’s College of Agriculture. He is working with researchers from the University of Arkansas, ... Read More »

Cold nighttime temps during booting may affect rice yields

• By Bruce Linquist • The period between panicle initiation (PI) and heading is critical with respect to grain formation. During this time, cold temperatures can result in pollen sterility as the plants go through meiosis. Pollen sterility results in blanking. Nighttime temperatures below 58 degrees Fahrenheit can result in sterility. The figure below shows the relationship between average low ... Read More »

Moldenhauer named interim head of UA’s Stuttgart rice research station

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Karen Moldenhauer had already announced her June 30 retirement when Bob Scott, director of the Rice Research and Extension, said he needed to visit with her. Moldenhauer, a professor and rice breeder for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture since 1982, knew what was coming. After all, Scott had just accepted an offer to become director of Arkansas’ ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter’s Row Rice Field Day goes virtual July 27

lsu agcenter row rice field day

The Louisiana State University AgCenter plans to launch its Row Rice Virtual Field Day, July 27, on its Northeast Louisiana Row Rice YouTube channel. As its name implies, the virtual field day’s main topic will be row rice, but it also will include a crop update from AgCenter state soybean specialist David Mosely. Among the field day topics are: • ... Read More »

Changing of the guard as USA Rice elects news leadership

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• By Deborah Willenborg • USA Rice, The Rice Foundation, the USA Rice Millers’ Association and the USA Rice Merchants’ Association elected new chairs for their respective board of directors during recent annual meetings held via video conference calls. All newly elected officers will assume their two-year posts Aug. 1. USA Rice’s new chair, Bobby Hanks, CEO of Supreme Rice ... Read More »

Now’s the time to think about planting crawfish forage

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If you are planning on planting rice for crawfish forage, the best time to plant is in late July or the first week of August, says Mark Shirley, Louisiana State University AgCenter crawfish aquaculture and coastal resources specialist. Last summer, researchers conducted  a planting date trial to determine the optimal time to plant rice for crawfish. The objectives were to ... Read More »

COVIC-19 prompts 1-year pause to Rice Leadership Program

2018-20 rice leadership development program class

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Normally in mid-July, Steve Linscombe would be mailing out brochures that promote the upcoming Rice Leadership Development Program and that seek rice industry applicants. But like so many events and programs this year, the leadership program has been disrupted by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, says Linscombe, who heads the Rice Foundation, which oversees the ... Read More »

UCCE publishes 6 rice fact sheets, more on the way

ucce rice fact sheet

The University of California Cooperative Extension Rice Team has developed a series of fact sheets to simplify and convey information about important topics that they frequently discuss with growers and pest control advisers. Each fact sheet is two pages long, back to front. There are six so far: Fact Sheet #1: Nutrients in Rice Grain and Straw at Harvest Fact Sheet ... Read More »

Out of caution, Horizon Ag cancels July 8 Louisiana field day

horizon ag field day

Due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the region and out of an abundance of caution for farmer customers and retailers, Horizon Ag is canceling its 2020 Louisiana Field Day that had been scheduled for Wednesday, July 8, at Richard Farms near Kaplan, Louisiana. “While we look forward to this field day every year and the opportunity it ... Read More »