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Texas FFA students learn about rice through contest

Vicky Boyd

When you think about FFA, images of blue jackets, livestock showing and judging, public speaking and leadership may come to mind. Chances are rice is not among those. But the long-running Ruben Stringer Memorial Texas Rice Education Contest is designed to spark FFA students’ interest in the Texas rice industry east of Houston, says Mike Broussard, a vocational agriculture teacher ... Read More »

2019 Variety/Hybrid Roster

Review these proven and new releases for the upcoming season By watching the numbers tick off your yield monitor during harvest or counting the number of trailers coming out of your fields, you likely were beginning to consider what varieties to plant in 2019. What ones did well in particular fields and what ones weren’t up to expectations? These easy-to-use ... Read More »

LACA annual February ag tech conference features improved format

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The Louisiana Agricultural Technology & Management Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association will be held Feb. 11-13, 2019, at Paragon Casino Resort in Marksville, Louisiana. Jay Mahaffey will be featured in the pre-conference symposium on Monday morning, Feb. 11, talking about good agronomics and decision making in grain crops and cotton. Attendance in this symposium will be limited, ... Read More »

Some fall-applied residuals may injure following year’s rice crop

Italian ryegrass

Although fall-applied residual herbicides are recommended to control glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass, some can be detrimental to the following year’s rice crop, according to recently published research. Involved in the project were Ben Lawrence, a Mississippi State University graduate student; Dr. Jason Bond, MSU weed scientist; Henry Edwards, MSU graduate student; and Dr. Bobby Golden, MSU Extension agronomist. The researchers looked ... Read More »

California’s Lundberg Family Farms recognized for conservation efforts

lundberg Family farms

Lundberg Family Farms of Richvale, California, was selected as the recipient of the 2018 California Leopold Conservation Award. It is presented annually by the Sand County Foundation, Sustainable Conservation and the California Farm Bureau Federation. Named in honor of renowned conservationist Aldo Leopold, the award was created by the Sand County Foundation to recognize exceptional farmers, ranchers and foresters. It ... Read More »

CO2 fumigant receives 2(ee) for burrowing rodents

Eliminator IGI fumigation system

IGI Carbon Dioxide, which previously had been registered for fumigating pests of stored grain, recently received a Section 2(ee) recommendation for burrowing rodents. It is used with the Eliminator application probe designed specifically to treat pests in underground burrows and tunnels. “The door is now open for pest control operators to add burrowing rodent control to their list of available ... Read More »

Farm broadcasters honor Louisiana’s Don Molino for industry leadership

The National Association of Farm Broadcasters have named Don Molino of the Voice of Louisiana Agriculture Radio Network as its Farm Broadcaster of the Year. The award, which was presented at its recent annual convention in Kansas City, recognizes “individuals who have proven their abilities in broadcasting, have shown true commitment to the industry through their actions and their promotional efforts, ... Read More »

Purdue researcher develops handheld plant health sensor

A Purdue University professor has built an innovative handheld sensor that gives plant scientists and farmers a more precise way to measure crop health while gathering up-to-the-minute data that state and federal officials and others will find valuable. Jian Jin, an assistant professor in Purdue’s Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, hopes his hyperspectral-imaging device will be used widely by ... Read More »

Rice in carry-on bags sets off airport TSA inspectors

rice in carryon bag

Every time I’ve flown through an airport in the U.S. Rice Belt lately, my carry-on bags have been pulled aside and searched as I went through airport security. No, I wasn’t packing a weapon, carrying explosives or even toting liquids in larger than 3.4-ounce bottles. Scofflaw that I am, I was bringing bags of rice through the airport. Each time, ... Read More »