Rotate Chemistry, Irrigation Methods

• SPONSORED CONTENT • I am a California Pest Control Adviser and fourth-generation farmer in northern California. We grow rice, dairy, corn and alfalfa. While working on the family farm, I received my PCA license and joined Simplot Crop Solutions seven years ago. Because we had dry weather last year, some rice was planted early, and we continued planting into ... Read More »

Early Post Emergence Timing Is Essential

• SPONSORED CONTENT • Because my family farmed, I have been around agriculture my entire life. In 2001, I started Gifford Crop Consulting, and my son, Miles, will join the business fulltime in May after graduating from Arkansas State University. My wife, Rachel, understands our business and is very supportive. My daughter, Meg, helps with the paperwork and pitches in ... Read More »

Siri, turn off pump

precisionking auto turnoff

Research examines potential water savings of automated and remote irrigation systems. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Nowadays, computer and smartphone technology allows users to monitor home security, adjust thermostats, and automatically turn on and off lights and appliances while they’re away. Drew Gholson, a Mississippi State University Extension irrigation specialist, is conducting farm-scale research trials to determine whether growers ... Read More »

A change of mindset

Jay Seale

For effective weed control, treat row rice as you would any other row crop. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • To successfully control weeds in furrow-irrigated rice ­— also known as row rice — growers will need to change from treating it like a flooded crop to managing it like they would any other row crop. That means overlapping residual ... Read More »

USA Rice continues to support worldwide rice-based food aid

us rice food aid

If there’s any wisdom we can glean from the unprecedented events of the past year, it’s how important it is to support each other and our communities and come together during tough times. The U.S. rice industry takes that lesson to heart, both in our own backyards and beyond our borders. International food aid was one of our greatest cumulative ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter researcher aims to pinpoint disease resistance gene in rice

jonathan richards

• By Bruce Schultz • A Louisiana State University AgCenter plant pathologist will use a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to pinpoint the location of a gene in rice that could help farmers control a potentially devastating plant disease. “Our goal is to characterize the resistance to narrow brown leaf spot at the genetic and functional level,” ... Read More »

Still flying after 100 years

Vicky Boyd

Crop dusting had its roots in 1921 when Lt. John A. Macready piloted a modified Curtis JN-6 Super Jenny while passenger Etienne Dormoy dispensed lead arsenate from a crude metal hand-cranked hopper bolted to the plane’s fuselage. C.R. Nellie, an Ohio Department of Agriculture entomologist, had come up with the idea for crop dusting to control sphinx moth larvae in ... Read More »

We can only hope recent cold reduced overwintering pests

aerial application

Southeast Texas experienced a severe cold snap lasting almost a week beginning about Valentine’s Day. The temperatures (both high and low) were well below freezing for several days. Some Texans were still without power and water the week of Feb. 22. ‘I don’t know how the weather affected our Texas rice farmers, but possibly storage facilities, stored rice and farm ... Read More »

Domestic rice markets continue to shine as exports lag

rice shelves at grocery store

• By Kurt Guidry • As we head into planting season for the 2021 rice crop, the current cash rice market in Louisiana has remained supported in the $20 to $21 per-barrel range ($12.35 to $12.96 per hundredweight). A 500,000 acre increase in 2020 plantings resulted in a nearly 23% increase in total rice production. But tight stocks to start ... Read More »

Producers Rice, solar firm ink deal to build solar project

More than 18 months in the works, Producers Rice Mill and Scenic Hill Solar finally received approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to build a 26-megawatt DC solar power plant combined with up to 40 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity. When completed, it will be the largest commercial solar plant and battery storage system in the state. The project ... Read More »