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LSU AgCenter economist sees favorable rice price outlook

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• By Bruce Schultz • A Louisiana State University AgCenter economist had good news for rice farmers at the Vermilion Parish rice field day, June 11. “Optimism is high that with recaptured market share in core markets, the outlook for rice is positive from a price standpoint,” says Michael Deliberto. He told farmers American rice has become more competitive, which ... Read More »

Scout for rice growth stage when you scout for rice diseases

• By Yeshi Wamishe • Preventative measures including land preparation, variety selection, seed treatment, timing for planting, nutrient and water management are key to suppressing most rice diseases. Implementing best cultural practices typically results in a healthy, flourishing crop. Under ideal growing conditions, the correct timing for management actions may be missed. Scouting for growth stages at the same time ... Read More »

USDA plans to relocate NIFA, ERS to Kansas City

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture will relocate to the Kansas City region from the Washington, D.C., area. The other areas that had been considered were North Carolina and Indiana. “Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City region provides a win win – maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer ... Read More »

Start scouting for hydrogen sulfide toxicity in rice

hydrogen sulfide toxicity

• By Yeshi Wamishe • If have fields with a history of hydrogen sulfide toxicity which led to a condition called autumn decline as in Figure 1 and 2, you need to begin scouting two weeks after establishing permanent flood. Healthy roots appear clean or even reddish, but not black. Black roots can indicate a potential problem. Although root blackening ... Read More »

Wet spring weather delays Mississippi rice planting

msu rice field trials

The third week of March is usually the beginning of rice planting season in Mississippi, but fields were not dry enough to hold tractors until May in most locations. Many growers were still scrambling to get rice in the ground by early June due to unusually high rain amounts in the first quarter of 2019. While more than 90 percent ... Read More »

Influx of insect pests complicates Mid-South growing season

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As if Mid-South producers don’t have enough on their minds with rutted fields, flooding and late planting, now an influx of insect pests has made their lives even more difficult. And it’s not limited to just one crop, either. Cotton “This has been one of the lightest thrips we’ve experienced in a long time,” says Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist for ... Read More »

6 considerations for preflood nitrogen for rice

Preflood application of urea+NBPT to rice.

• By Trent Roberts, Rick Norman and Jarrod Hardke • Preflood nitrogen (N) applications in rice are very important for setting yield potential in rice as two of the three yield components (tiller number and seeds per panicle) are set by the preflood N. The efficiency of preflood N uptake in rice is influenced by many factors including N source, ... Read More »

Canadian ag agency approves FullPage rice system

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Canadian Health Agency’s Feed and Food Divisions have approved the FullPage Rice Cropping Solution from RiceTec and Adama that will allow unrestricted planting of and harvesting of FullPage rice products. The production system represents a new generation of improved imidazolinone — or IMI — herbicide tolerance in rice seed. The two primary FullPage hybrids released for 2020 are RT7321 FP ... Read More »

University of Arkansas receives $292,017 4R research grant

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The University of Arkansas was one of five academic institutions to share nearly $2.7 million in grants to conduct field research and demonstration projects to evaluate and promote 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The concept consists of using the right source of fertilizer, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. The Fertilizer Institute’s Foundation for Agronomic ... Read More »

After tough start, Louisiana rice crop looks promising

adam famosa, lsu agcenter

• By Bruce Schultz • The Louisiana rice crop is having a challenging year, but good weather in June could result in a decent harvest, according to the LSU AgCenter rice specialist. “Don’t expect a record yield,” Dustin Harrell said at field day held May 27 near Iowa in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. At a field day on May 30 in ... Read More »