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According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, Memphis District, "The Grand Prairie Area Demonstration Project (GPADP) is a comprehensive water management plan designed to protect and preserve the Alluvial and Sparta Aquifers. This project also allows the continued irrigation of current agricultural crops and reduces further depletion of ground water aquifers, while continuing to provide critical benefits for the millions of waterfowl, which annually migrate through the region. The reservoir for this farm will provide about eight inches of water for the producer. The other foot of water that he will need will come from the pump station. "For all practical purposes, the farmer is using his existing irrigation system," Carman says. "We are adding to the normal availability of the water. We do not put any water into natural ditches. The water from the pump station will come directly into the farmer's tailwater recovery system." The other foot of water that he will need will come from the pump station. “For all practical purposes, the farmer is using his existing irrigation system,” Carman says. “We are adding to the normal availability of the water. We do not put any water into natural ditches. The water from the pump station will come directly into the farmer’s tailwater recovery system.” Read More »

Leadership: A ‘Long-Range Perpesctive’

Warren G. Bennis says, “Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality” and describes a leader as having a “long-range perspective.” Bennis is known as an American scholar, organizational consultant, an author and an expert in the field of leadership studies. He has been an advisor to several United States presidents, including John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, and ... Read More »

Lakeland Planting Co.

Mississippi Delta growers keep rice in the mix After graduating from Mississippi State University (MSU), Chico and Pete Williams returned to the family farming operation near Hollandale, Miss. Their grandfather, Leo Williams established the farm in the early 1940s and was later joined by his son, Leo Williams, Jr. They were primarily cotton, cattle and soybean farmers at the time. ... Read More »

First 20 Days After Planting Are Key

By Paul Squires Squires Ag Consulting, Inc. Yuba City, CA I worked on several rice farms while in college and as a field scout for John Taylor Fertilizers. During my last year of college, I acquired my PCA license and started to build a reputation and client list. The one word that describes how I got into the business of ... Read More »

On-The-Farm Rice Drying

Management techniques differ from commercial drying By Dennis Gardisser and Johnny Saichuck Drying and storing rice on the farm can be an excellent marketing strategy. The way that rice is handled during the drying and storage process will determine its quality at the point of sale, thereby influencing its value. Rice should be quickly dried down to a moisture level ... Read More »

Navigable Waterways

When is a hammer not a hammer, but still a hammer? Most of us would agree that our government has a unique way of couching its rules and regulations, sometimes in a manner that many of us might find a little confusing. Back in the late 1980s, a U.S. airman brought to his commander’s attention that the government appeared to ... Read More »

Take Care Of Your Crop From Start to Finish

By Linus Regan GreenPoint Ag Morse, LA After graduating from Louisiana State University in 1979, I farmed rice, soybeans, crawfish and raised cattle for 28 years. In 2006, I went to work for a southwest Louisiana agricultural retail business, which later became known as GreenPoint AG. Today, I consult primarily on rice and soybeans. Although the rice crop got off ... Read More »

Water for Rice

2014 conditions may influence acreage, production practices By Carroll Smith, Editor Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” Even today, this statement holds true, especially for rice production in the United States. The presence of too little or too much water influences rice acreage and, in some cases, the way farmers approach production practices. ... Read More »

Texas Ag Law Blog

Tiffany Dowell, Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension Service economist and agricultural law specialist in College Station, has seen her Texas Agriculture Law Blog gain popularity due to timely topics addressing issues affecting landowners across the Lone Star State. “I continue to field many questions over the phone or at workshops dealing with oil and gas leases, as well as water law ... Read More »

Arsenic in Rice

By Bruce Schultz, LSU AgCenter Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter agronomist at the Rice Research Station near Crowley, is participating in a multi-state study on arsenic in rice to determine if levels of the element are higher in different varieties and to see if varied flooding methods affect arsenic content. “Can we change the water management practices to alter the uptake ... Read More »