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Laura’s wind, rain deal blow to harvested rice in Louisiana

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• By Bruce Schultz • Rice farmers without electricity across southwest Louisiana are struggling to save their rice crop in storage. Farmer Paul Johnson of Bell City had a good rice crop harvested long before Hurricane Laura hit the Louisiana coast Aug. 27. He stored his grain at a dryer facility in Thornwell, but the storm blew parts of the ... Read More »

Gowan acquires distribution rights to Ricestar HT herbicide from Bayer

Gowan Co. LLC has entered into an agreement with Bayer AG to acquire the exclusive distribution rights to Bayer’s post-emergent rice herbicide, Ricestar HT. The agreement gives Gowan rights to the supply and supplemental distribution of the herbicide, effective Sept. 1, with all commercial sales and marketing responsibilities in the United States transferring from Bayer to Gowan, according to a ... Read More »

RiceTec hosts virtual field day that includes behind-the-scenes views

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Early in the growing season, RiceTec began producing a back-up plan for their traditional field day by recording the season. The result is a series of videos at https://fieldday.ricetec.com that provides some behind-the-scenes views, such as hybrid seed production, that field day attendees normally wouldn’t see. The videos include topics such as: • A message from RiceTec’s Global CEO • ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura takes a toll on Louisiana agriculture

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• By Bruce Schultz • Although definitive results won’t be available for a few days, the effects on agriculture appear to be less destructive than most people feared before Hurricane Laura struck, but forests and residences sustained significant damage. Blair Hebert, LSU AgCenter agent for sugarcane in the Bayou Teche area, said cane plants have been blown down, or lodged, ... Read More »

Laura’s wicked winds twist soybeans, flatten rice in Arkansas

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• By Mary Hightower • Bryce Baldridge, a Lawrence County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, heard the warnings Thursday night. “They said a tornado was headed for Bono which is where I live,” he said on Friday. “My daughter got the dog and headed for the bathtub,” Baldridge said, adding that he was ... Read More »

Rice growers check for damage from Laura, make repairs

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Since September 2005, Hurricane Rita has been southwest Louisiana’s reference for measuring the severity of weather events.  Yesterday, thanks to Hurricane Laura, this area received a new reference point and a wound from which it will take some time to recover. The city of Lake Charles felt the brunt of the storm, although the port and the rail facility there ... Read More »

There’s still time to sign up for the California Rice Yield Contest

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If you grow rice in California and think you have what it takes to harvest high yields, consider entering the University of California’s annual rice yield contest. Not only could you earn bragging rights, but you also could be in the running for the grand prize of a John Deere Gator. In years past, about 90% of the sign-ups came ... Read More »

Louisiana farmers prepare for Hurricane Laura

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• By Bruce Schultz • Farmers are preparing for Hurricane Laura by getting their crops out of the fields and moving livestock away from coastal areas. A previous storm that hit the Cameron Parish coast almost 15 years ago is being used as a reference with expectations Laura will bring a devastating storm surge. “It’s looking like Hurricane Rita,” said ... Read More »

Hurricane could confound crawfish production

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• Richard Bogren • Widespread flooding from Hurricane Laura could affect crawfish production for the upcoming season, but the extent of any damage will depend on whether crawfish producers are able to get the unwanted water off their fields in a timely manner. When storm-related flood waters cover pond levees in July, August or September, crawfish have no choice but ... Read More »