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Masters of conservation

Voluntary program helps Louisiana producers improve natural resource management while bolstering sustainability and economics. By Vicky Boyd Editor Richard Fontenot, who farms with his brother, Neal, near Ville Platte, La., looks at the Louisiana Master Farmer Program as an integral part of their operation’s succession plan. “It enhances some of your conservation efforts and allows you to be a little ... Read More »

Rice Quality Matters: to Horizon Ag

“Horizon Ag continues to be committed to improving rice quality, working with our public breeding partners as well as rice buyers to develop better-quality varieties that bring value not only to the end buyers and end users, but to the farmer as well.” – Tim Walker Since 2011, Horizon Ag has helped drive an industry-wide discussion and effort to improve ... Read More »

Entering 2016

USA Rice Sets Key Priorities for the New Year. By Betsy Ward President and CEO USA Rice Federation Our most successful USA Rice Outlook Conference ever is freshly behind us and a new year is stretching out before us, so this seems like a good time to lay out some of our key priorities for 2016. International Trade With nearly ... Read More »

Will ‘Godzilla’ of an El Niño be a boon or a bust?

Vicky Boyd

In this day and age when the Kardashians can pass for entertainment and a reality TV star can run for president, it’s no surprise that the current El Niño has been dubbed “Godzilla” because of its potential star power. Although much of the attention has been focused on how this weather event will help California’s lingering drought, it also is ... Read More »

A man of many hats

Charley Mathews Jr. takes a detail-oriented approach to growing rice, dryer operations and industry leadership. By Vicky Boyd Editor For Charley Mathews Jr., growing a high-quality rice crop profitably and efficiently is only part of the equation. The 49-year-old Marysville, Calif., producer says he also feels compelled to repay the industry for time investments made by others before him. “The ... Read More »

Industry News

Texas Rice Grower Nabs Farm Bureau Awards Timothy and Lindy Gertson, who grow rice, sorghum, soybeans and wheat near Lissie, Texas, were named winners of the 2015 Texas Farm Bureau Outstanding Young Farmer & Rancher competition at the group’s recent annual meeting in Arlington. Although Timothy is a fifth-generation rice farmer, he didn’t sit back and wait to inherit the ... Read More »

Effective Weed Control Crucial For Good Crop

Hans Herkert Growers Ag Service Yuba City, Calif. B.S., Ag Business, Chico State University Licensed Pest Control Adviser Certified Crop Adviser Member of California Association of Pest Control Advisers Vice president of CAPCA Sutter Buttes Chapter Board of directors, Yuba-Sutter Farm Bureau Has consulted for five years on rice, walnuts, tomatoes, prunes, wheat, beans, alfalfa and sunflowers Enjoys working, duck ... Read More »

Nutrient Stewartship

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California Growers Will Need to Log Nitrogen Use as Part of a Statewide Ag Water Quality Program. By Vicky Boyd Editor Beginning this year, California rice producers will have to comply with the requirements of the Irrigated Lands Regulatory Program, a water quality program implemented as waste discharge requirements. California rice continues with a commodity-specific program based on years of ... Read More »

Rice Outlook Recap

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Take a look at what you missed at the 2015 Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans. If you weren’t able to attend the recent 2015 Rice Outlook Conference in New Orleans, Rice Farming editor Vicky Boyd has compiled some of the highlights, including new products that were featured in the conference expo. Delta Plastics offers free multiple-inlet planning software Delta ... Read More »

Specialist Speaking

Select Hybrids, Varieties for Profitability Dr. Jarrod Hardke Arkansas Rice Research Entomologist, University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service jhardke@uaex.edu Given current economic conditions, each decision has a major impact on having a positive return for the season, and it all starts with rice cultivar selection. While minimizing risk, we also need to maximize our profit potential. Plant several different cultivars ... Read More »