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Logistics, water supplies affect California rice planting

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• By Ching Lee • Ideal planting conditions should have allowed rice farmers throughout the Sacramento Valley plenty of time to prepare and seed their fields this spring, But short supplies of a liquid fertilizer have slowed their progress, leaving some of them scrambling to make last-minute adjustments. Most rice farmers use aqua-ammonia, a key source of nitrogen for their ... Read More »

UArk publishes ‘Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook’

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Furrow-irrigated rice has been gaining ground, increasing from less than 1% to 10% of total rice acreage in Arkansas in the past five years. The “Arkansas Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook” provides research-based information about selecting cultivars, establishing stands, and managing fertility, weeds, disease, insects and irrigation. It also provides information about budgeting and crop insurance, which became available for furrow-irrigated rice ... Read More »

Louisiana rice crop off to good start, prices up

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• By Bruce Schultz • Rice prices have rebounded, and the Louisiana 2020 crop is off to a good start. Louisiana State University AgCenter economist Michael Deliberto said there are several reasons why the economic outlook for rice is positive. “There is no doubt that supplies are tight and demand has been good. These are the highest U.S. prices in ... Read More »

Researchers use buried drip irrigation to winnow out drought-tolerant genetics

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Like people, some plants handle stress better than others. Now, in a recent issue of Agronomy, a team of Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and university scientists report their identification of U.S. rice varieties with the right “genetic” stuff for coping with reduced water use. Their efforts dovetail with a trend toward water-saving measures that some growers are implementing in not ... Read More »

Food grains show steadiness amid COVID-19 commodity troubles

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Texas wheat and rice producers could see opportunities as food grains show steadiness amid calamity for other commodities, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, said food grains have avoided much of the “complete wreck” market disruptions have made of commodities like corn, cotton, beef and crude oil. As dairy operators ... Read More »

California Farm Bureau survey spotlights COVID-19’s impact on ag

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Lost markets and lost off-farm income related to the COVID-19 pandemic have proven doubly difficult for many California farmers and ranchers, according to a survey by the California Farm Bureau Federation. More than half of the farmers responding to the voluntary survey said they had lost customers or sales due to COVID-19, and nearly half said they or someone in ... Read More »

University of Arkansas publishes ‘Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook’

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The University of Arkansas recently published the “Arkansas Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook” that is available online. This new publication is aimed at providing recommendations for the increasingly popular rice-production system that irrigates rice much like other row crops — running water down the furrow. Also known as row rice, the system accounted for more than 100,000 acres — or more than ... Read More »

NRCS opens rice-only conservation program for SW Louisiana

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service is accepting applications for the 2020 Conservation Stewardship Program as part of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program efforts led by the USA Rice–Ducks Unlimited Stewardship Partnership. This special CSP initiative is specifically for rice producers. The Gulf Coast CSP special sign-up assists landowners and rice producers who voluntarily implement conservation and management practices that aim ... Read More »

Aqua-ammonia vs. liquid urea – Round 2

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• By Bruce Linquist • Following my blog post about a week ago (see below) about using urea or aqua-ammonia (aqua), a number of people have been asking to see the data. The study was conducted in 2017 at the Rice Experiment Station. Aqua and liquid urea were applied at three rates (50, 100 and 150 lb N/ac). Both N ... Read More »

Dry weather aids fast start to rice planting in California this season

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• By Bruce Linquist • This morning, I was out with several members of our research team on the northwest side of the Sacramento Valley planting a variety trial. The grower we were working with had just finished planting all of his rice acreage (1,200 ac) yesterday (April 30). Pretty amazing how fast the rice is getting in this year. ... Read More »