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LSU AgCenter field day features row rice research

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• By Bruce Schultz • An LSU AgCenter research project at the Mer Rouge farm of Jason Waller was the setting for the northeast Louisiana row rice field day on July 18. The practice of row rice is gaining new converts because of its potential water savings and flexibility. The project being conducted by AgCenter agent Keith Collins includes conventional ... Read More »

Some Arkansas rice, soybean growers face latest twist in a difficult year

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While most of Arkansas may have escaped the worst of what Hurricane Barry augured in potential wind and rain, crops in many areas are struggling to move past the primary and secondary effects of the latest twist in an already difficult year. Rice Isolated rice fields in the state bore some of Barry’s brunt throughout the week. Jarrod Hardke, Extension ... Read More »

DOL proposes streamlining of H-2A guest-worker program

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The U.S. Department of Labor has published a Federal Register notice that it plans to start rulemaking to amend the agricultural guest-worker program to streamline the application process. Farmers who use the H-2A program have long complained of the cumbersome and lengthy application process. Several producers in South Louisiana use it to obtain workers for the crawfishing season. For growers ... Read More »

Hurricane Barry floodwaters affected Southwest Louisiana crops

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Barry had a minimal effect on Louisiana croplands, but its aftermath left a narrow strip of flooding rain that will cause damage. Some soybeans were flooded, and rice was submerged in areas that received heavy rain. There were reports of lodged sugarcane and some damage to corn. “For the most part, rice in the ... Read More »

Aug. 8 Pine Tree Field Day features comprehensive soy, rice tours

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Soybean seeding rates, effects of urea application on soy protein concentration and how drones are used in multiple inlet irrigation in rice are among the topics included in the tours set for the Aug. 8 field day at the Pine Tree Research Station. “We are offering two very comprehensive tours, one each for soybean and rice,” said Shawn Clark, director ... Read More »

Row rice system gains interest in Louisiana

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• By Karol Osborne • More than 50 agricultural producers and industry representatives interested in furrow-irrigated rice, also called row rice or upland rice, attended the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station row rice and soybean field tour on July 9 in St. Joseph. “We are set up for cotton, corn and beans, and if there is an opportunity to diversify ... Read More »

Mark your calendars for the Arkansas Rice Field Day, Aug. 2, in Stuttgart

2018 U ark rice field day

Weed management, furrow irrigation and drone use in agriculture are all on the agenda Aug. 2 for the annual Rice Field Day being hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart. “We are packing a lot of tech and research updates into our two, two-hour tours this year,” said ... Read More »

Learn more about rice at Arkansas’ Rice College, Aug. 1

2017 Arkansas rice college

The University of Arkansas will hold a half-day rice college, Aug. 1, at the Rice Research & Extension Center in Stuttgart. Among the highlights are: • Crop consultants, industry personnel and producers will see current research on many of the production challenges Arkansas rice producers are experiencing today. • Presentations from University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture personnel and ... Read More »

Batten down the hatches! Barry could pose triple threat to Arkansas

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Arkansas’ rice crop, delayed by a wet spring and bludgeoned by high heat, is now facing a triple threat from Tropical Storm Barry, whose remnants are expected to drop heavy rain on the eastern side of the state on Sunday. A forecast map issued by the National Hurricane Center on Thursday, July 11, showed potential rainfall totals ranging from 4 ... Read More »

Rice Foundation seeks applicants for 2020 Rice Leadership Program

2019 rice leadership class

The Rice Foundation is accepting applications for the 2020 Rice Leadership Development Program. Rice producers or industry-related professionals between the ages of 25 and 45 are eligible to apply for the program. The application deadline is Sept. 20. The Rice Leadership Development Program provides a comprehensive understanding of the rice industry, with an emphasis on personal development and communication skills. ... Read More »