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tim burcham

Work continues on University of Arkansas’ NERREC, with trials planned for 2021. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • If construction goes according to schedule, the University of Arkansas’ Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center near Harrisburg will begin hosting a limited number of field trials and experiments in 2021. Recently, ground was broken on a machinery shop that will include ... Read More »

A nontraditional December fit for 2020

david lacour, katie maher

Under normal circumstances as the year draws to a close, we would be gathering at the USA Rice Outlook Conference to learn, celebrate, and spend time with friends and colleagues from the industry around the country. Of course, these aren’t normal circumstances. Public health concerns and travel restrictions have prevented us from getting together this time around, but it can’t ... Read More »

New and improved

PVL03 rice

Third Provisia rice variety boasts strong blast resistance, longer kernel. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • If all goes as planned, Horizon Ag hopes to have enough seed of the new Provisia PVL03 rice variety to plant a very limited number of commercial acres in 2021. Significantly more seed should be available for the 2022 season, said Horizon Ag General ... Read More »

‘My sincerest gratitude to all’ as I leave MSU

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This space is generally provided to wrap-up the season and reflect on the attributes that aided production as well as the many setbacks that were encountered and eventually overcome on our way to producing the 2020 crop. I find it very difficult to collect my thoughts on what was a very different year for multiple reasons, mostly since this will ... Read More »

Rice market remains resilient but could face headwinds later in 2021

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• By Kurt M. Guidry • Despite several challenges in 2020, the rice market has been resilient and has remained fairly stable. The first challenge was the large increase in acres in 2020, most of which were in long grain. Total acres harvested this season are estimated at just under 3 million acres, roughly 21% more than in 2019. A ... Read More »

‘Semper Gumby’ took on new meaning in 2020

Vicky Boyd

The Marines have a motto, “Semper fidelis,” which means always faithful or always loyal. A twist on that is “Semper Gumby,” the motto of Marine parents that means always flexible, according to a former coworker whose son served. Considering the strange twists and turns this year has taken, those Marine parents may be onto something. Farming has always required flexibility ... Read More »

Webinars scheduled for annual state outlook and research reports

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• By Lesley Dixon • In lieu of in-person meetings at the now-canceled 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference, the annual state outlook and research reports will be held live via webinar.  The bedrock of the Outlook Conference and the culmination of a year in the rice industry, these reports provide updates, research and analysis from land grant universities in all ... Read More »

Terry Siebenmorgen leaves global legacy in rice industry innovation

terry siebenmorgen

• By Mary Hightower • Terry Siebenmorgen was known around the globe for his work in rice processing, but closer to home, he was treasured by co-workers and friends alike for his optimism, unflinching support and kindness. Siebenmorgen passed away Sunday following a battle with cancer. He was 63. He is survived by his wife, Patty, sons Justin and Ryan, ... Read More »

2021 LSU AgCenter Rice Varieties and Management Tips guide

2021 LSU rice varieties guide

The Louisiana State University AgCenter’s 2021 Rice Varieties and Management Tips publication handles information likely to become dated in a short time, such as changes in varieties, pest management products and other recently developed production practices. Projected cost and return information are also very important in management decisions. Additional information can be found in the Crop Enterprise Budgets publication, which ... Read More »

Horizon Ag, BASF again team on 0% APR financial programs

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Once again, Horizon Ag and BASF, in association with John Deere Financial and Rabo AgriFinance, are offering rice farmers two 0% APR financial programs for seed and crop protection products for the 2021 season. “Having the ability to secure 0% financing for seed and herbicide products is not just a good deal for farmers who need the financing for that ... Read More »