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MSU revises Insect Control Guide

2019 MSU insect guide

Sure to be a best-seller, Mississippi State University’s “2019 Insect Control Guide for Agronomic Crops” is available for free download from https://bit.ly/2tahYVv. The 129-page manual contains insect-related information on the gamut of Delta crops, ranging from rice to soybeans and cotton. In addition to the latest label information, the guide also includes insecticide performance ratings that compare registered products’ efficacy on ... Read More »

LSU-bred high-protein rice brings value, nutrition

LSU AgCenter Herry Utomo evaluates high-protein rice

More than 750 million people don’t get enough nutrients from their food, and more than two-thirds of those live in places that consume a lot of rice. Can rice bred for extra protein be the answer? “There are hundreds of millions of people around the world who depend on rice and eat it three times a day, but their access ... Read More »

FSA plans to reopen offices, add services during shutdown

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All Farm Service Agency offices nationwide will reopen shortly to provide additional administrative services to farmers and ranchers during the government shutdown. The announcement by U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue came after select FSA offices provided limited hours of service Jan. 17, 18 and 22. Those offices as well as others nationwide will be open beginning Jan. 24, but not ... Read More »

UPI changes name to UPL NA

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King of Prussia, Pennsylvania-based United Phosphorus Inc., also known as UPI, changed its name to UPL NA Inc. Jan. 1 to better reflect its global corporate identity. The change also comes after several recent acquisitions, including the June 2018 purchase of Arysta LifeScience for $4.2 billion. UPL, based in Mumbai, India, has a presence in more than 130 countries and ... Read More »

MSU research sheds light on row-rice yields

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• By Bobby Golden and Dan Roach • Producing rice in a “rowed-up” manner as other row crops such as corn, soybean and cotton, was a foreign concept just a couple of years ago. Row rice or furrow-irrigated rice was initially investigated by Mississippi State University researchers as an alternative to conventional flooded rice production in the 1980s. Some of ... Read More »

#RideWithRice

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USA Rice truck tour gives away free rice cookers to help dispel fears of cooking rice. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • USA Rice took to the road this fall to promote the virtues of U.S.-grown rice and try to demystify cooking of the grain. As part of the #RideWithRice program, USA Rice staff in a bright green decorated pick-up truck ... Read More »

Commitment to the land

Durands 4R's

Louisiana brothers embrace the 4R’s to nurture soil and improve production • By Vicky Boyd Editor • Even before the term “sustainable” was popular, the Durands had adopted production practices that conserved and enhanced the natural resources on their rice and crawfish operation in St. Martin Parish, southeast of Lafayette, Louisiana. Over the years, the Durands have received multiple awards for ... Read More »

Would a rice by any other name still smell as sweet?

Vicky Boyd

Numbers don’t lie. For the 2018-19 rice marketing year, imports are expected to comprise more than 24 percent of domestic rice use — a record, according to figures from U.S. Department of Agriculture ag economist Nathan Childs. Of that, most will be Thai jasmine. Just 20 years ago, imports made up about 8 percent of domestic use. Although some of ... Read More »

Growers have new tools in their toolbox for 2019

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We have been fortunate to see new products on the market for rice over the past few years. These products have put more tools in the toolbox for us to use to manage our rice crop. In 2018, we saw three new herbicides (Loyant, Gambit and Provisia), one new herbicide premix (RiceOne), one fungicide (AmistarTop) and of course, the new ... Read More »