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Don’t guess. Soil test!

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There are several nutrients we should pay close attention to when it comes to rice production. Along with nitrogen, the most important nutrients to monitor include phosphorus, potassium, sulfur and zinc. When I make farm visits to evaluate nutrient problems, the culprit is generally one of these five. Visual observation of nutrient deficiency symptoms is one tool used to diagnose ... Read More »

Pretty in pink

checking bucket traps

Bucket traps aid University of Arkansas research into new row-rice pest, control measures. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • University of Arkansas entomologists continue their quest to learn more about the rice levee billbug, a weevil pest that until recently only caused occasional issues for levee rice. With the increasing popularity of row rice — also called furrow-irrigated rice — ... Read More »

Roaring toward new trade deals

People have been calling this new decade “The Roaring ’20s.” With the way things have been moving forward on the international trade front, that certainly seems to be the case. New trade developments at the end of 2019 and the beginning of 2020 are pushing ahead, and the U.S. rice industry is poised to benefit from international markets as never ... Read More »

New plant-based lobbying groups bear watching

Vicky Boyd

On its surface, the announcement that a new group has formed to lobby on behalf of plant-based consumers and business may seem innocuous enough. After all, rice is a plant that enjoys popularity not only for its worldwide dietary contributions but also for its positive environmental footprint here in the United States. But read further, and the goals of the ... Read More »

CLL17

CLL17 Clearfield

New Clearfield long grain from the LSU AgCenter boasts improved yields and disease package. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The Louisiana State University AgCenter has released CLL17, a new early season, semi-dwarf, long-grain, Clearfield rice variety for registered seed production this season. It will be available commercially to growers through Horizon Ag in 2021. From the breeding program of ... Read More »

Weary of another wet winter, Arkansas rice growers watch for a dry window

jarrod hardke, grower meeting

When it comes to deciding between planting rice, soybean or other crops in 2020, it’s not just a question of markets and futures contracts. For many growers, it’s a question of when the ground will be dry enough to work. “I’ve got one rice grower in my county,” said Kevin Van Pelt, agricultural agent for the Conway County Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

RiceTec renews support of USA Rice-DU Stewardship Partnership

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Rice Tec has renewed its support for the USA Rice-Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership with a commitment of $150,000 through 2022. “RiceTec and DU are both focused on solutions for producers that lead to greater on-farm profits and therefore a more sustainable rice industry,” Dr. Brian Ottis, director of supply management for RiceTec, said in a news release. Special funding ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers hear optimistic rice outlook

betsy ward, mike strain

• By Bruce Schultz • Farmers heard about several optimistic developments in the international rice trade at the 2020 meeting of the Louisiana Rice Council and Louisiana Rice Growers Association recently. Betsy Ward, USA Rice CEO, said Brexit has the potential to increase sales to the British market without the restrictions of the European Union. “We’re optimistic we can open ... Read More »

NRCS opens sign-up period for Louisiana conservation assistance

ducks in a winter-flooded rice field

The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Louisiana announced the 1st signup period for applications for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program and Regional Conservation Partnership Program in fiscal year 2020 ends on March 6. Financial assistance through these programs is available to help farmers and landowners plan and implement conservation practices to improve water quality, build healthier soil, improve grazing and ... Read More »

Plan to attend an upcoming Arkansas irrigation school

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Arkansas crop producers who want to get better control of their water use during the 2020 growing season will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation and water management schools. Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said the class size and curriculum of each school is designed for ... Read More »