We can only hope recent cold reduced overwintering pests

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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 »

John Deere launches weed-detecting spray system

John Deere See & Spray

John Deere has launched See & Spray, a system that detects green plant material on fallow ground to activate the system. Once weeds are detected by the camera, a signal is sent back to the controller. Once the controller identifies an area of the field that’s green, a signal is sent across the boom to activate on specific nozzles. The ... Read More »

California experiences 5th straight month below average precipitation

california snowpack sampling

The California Department of Water Resources recently conducted the third manual snow survey of the season at Phillips Station west of Lake Tahoe. The manual survey recorded 56 inches of snow depth and a snow water equivalent of 21 inches, which is 86% of average for this location. The snow water equivalent measures the amount of water contained in the ... Read More »

Paving The Way To Profitability

• SPONSORED CONTENT • The Helena Agri-Enterprises research group in the West is a true, third-party contract research organization. For example, if a basic manufacturer wants to develop a product and potentially bring it to market to help farmers be more profitable, they can contract us to do the trial work. The rice research we conduct begins with product characterization ... Read More »

Natural Fit In Pinpoint Flood System

• SPONSORED CONTENT • In my area, rice farmers use different methods to plant rice — dry planting and water seeding. Starting clean is rule No. 1 in any rice planting system. An early spring burndown on winter vegetation is usually easy to accomplish but be sure to follow labeled plant-back restrictions for the products you apply. In a water-seeded ... Read More »

Intensified rice system helps increase production while cutting emissions

vietnam farmers

The System of Rice Intensification has been named as a 2020 climate policy “breakthrough” for government initiatives in Vietnam to increase agricultural production there while reducing methane emissions from rice paddies. SRI was recognized by Apolitical, a peer-to-peer learning platform for sharing government policy ideas, as one of the most beneficial climate policies that can mitigate climate change or enable ... Read More »

Rice mills didn’t escape the great deep freeze of 2021

snow plow at producers rice

• By Michael Klein • The rice industry was reeling from severe weather in 2020 – the most named hurricanes to hit the United States ever and devastating wildfires out West. Optimists felt the new year would bring better everything, including weather. Two months in, they are sorely disappointed as punishing winter weather pounded much of the country and all ... Read More »

Bureau forecasts reduced water deliveries to Northern California

Shasta Dam

Based on  below-average statewide snowpack, the Bureau of Reclamation recently announced reduced water allocations for nearly all Central Valley Project water contractors. Deliveries could change depending on precipitation received during the next few months, said Ernest Conant, Reclamation regional director. The California Department of Water Resources reports that as of Feb. 21, statewide average snow water content in the Sierra ... Read More »