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Rotate Herbicides To Help Avoid Resistance

Matteoli brothers

• SPONSORED CONTENT • My brother, Jon, and I got our start in the late 1980s when the farm economy was in a decade-long slump. Commodity prices were below cost of production, interest rates on capital were in the double digits, land prices had hit rock bottom and farm foreclosures were skyrocketing. These unfortunate factors created the opportunity for the ... Read More »

Reduce Competition For Nutrients, Water

Alex Dean

• SPONSORED CONTENT • In the summer of my junior year in high school, I started working with Arkansas crop consultant Eddy Cates. He kept me around while I was in college and even guaranteed me work in the winter pulling soil samples. After graduating from Arkansas State University, I worked for him full-time for a couple years and then ... Read More »

Arkansas’ new truth-in-labeling law targets rice imposters

Vicky Boyd

The Arkansas Legislature recently passed a measure that sets strict definitions for a host of agricultural products, including rice, and requires food companies to accurately label their products. Gov. Asa Hutchison subsequently signed it into law, creating Act 501. The state legislation is an offshoot of efforts by USA Rice federally to have the Food and Drug Administration establish a ... Read More »

Arkansas steps up fight against rice pretenders, but FDA still lags

For the past several years, we have been taking on rice pretenders — that’s food marketed as some new-fangled rice that contains no rice at all. And last month, pretenders were dealt a heavy blow, thanks to a common-sense bill passed by the Arkansas Legislature that promotes truth in labeling of agricultural products. The bill establishes a standard of identity ... Read More »

Let the sunshine in

A.J. Hood solar

Solar systems help growers cut electric bills while raising their environmental stature. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Chris Isbell, a partner in a family-owned farming operation near Humnoke, Arkansas, looks at his 300-kilowatt solar-generation system as just another crop. “Essentially, we’re farming the sun anyway,” he says. “Any crop you raise is just a power plant for the sun. ... Read More »

Rain hinders rice planting in Louisiana

drill seeding rice near crowley

Heavy rainfall has been a challenge as rice farmers strive to get their 2019 crop planted. Farmers were able to get much of their crop planted during almost three weeks of dry weather, but rainfall during the first week of April has created an obstacle for farmers who needed to complete the rest of their planting. Todd Fontenot, Louisiana State ... Read More »

Arkansas rice production bounces back in 2018 from 2017

Arkansas rice harvest near Hazen

After a bruising 2017, in which substantial spring flooding cost growers in the state an estimated $175 million in lost production and damaged acreage, rice growers saw higher production in 2018 than in any of the three previous years, according to an April 4 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report, published by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics ... Read More »

Researchers get to the root of weedy rice’s aggressiveness

weedy rice roots

Weedy rice is neither wild rice nor commercial rice, but instead rice gone rogue that has shed some traits important to people. It also is an incredibly aggressive, potentially detrimental weed that pops up almost everywhere rice is grown, and it can reduce crop yields by more than 80 percent if it invades a field. Researchers from Washington University in ... Read More »

Take these steps to prepare for possible fertilizer shortages

fertilizer spreading

• By Trent Roberts • With current Mississippi River levels above flood stage along all of Arkansas’ eastern border, there are increasing concerns that limited barge traffic combined with reduced access to Arkansas ports may tighten fertilizer stocks during periods of high use. Current river depth at Memphis is at 30 feet and falling: however, there is still a significant ... Read More »

2019 planted rice acres expected to decline 3%, says NASS report

custom planting

Planted rice acres for 2019 are only expected to decline about 3 percent from 2018, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Services’ Prospective Plantings Report released March 29. Altogether, growers say, they plan to plant 2.87 million acres this year compared to 2.946 million acres in 2018. Growers in the top three rice-producing states — Arkansas, California and Louisiana — ... Read More »