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Variety Highlights

Arkansas rice experts collect and share reliable data Editor’s note: To view the Rice Information Sheet No. 170 in its entirety, including all of the tables, go to www.uaex.edu and search for Arkansas Rice Performance Trials, 2009-2011 or contact your local University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension office. Choosing a variety is generally based upon past experience, seed availability, agronomic traits ... Read More »

A Banquet For Ducks

Flooded rice fields help feed the majority of the nation’s wintering dabblers By Mike Brasher, Mark Petrie and John Tirpak Three regions collectively support more than half of all wintering dabbling ducks in the United States: The Lower Mississippi Alluvial Valley (LMAV), the Gulf Coast of Louisiana and Texas and the Central Valley of California. It’s no coincidence that these ... Read More »

Industry News

USDA economic survey set for January through April The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will spend the next several months contacting farmers and ranchers across the nation to conduct the Agricultural Resource Management Survey (ARMS). The results of this survey will serve as a baseline for numerous federal policies and programs that affect U.S. farms and ... Read More »

Specialists Speaking

Make wise variety decisions DR. NATHAN BUEHRING MISSISSIPPI nathanb@ext.msstate.edu With continued rising production costs and market volatility at an alltime high, rice producers have to be as productive as possible, and there is no room to come up short in terms of production. In this article, I would like to highlight some of the new cultivars that are available in ... Read More »

U.S. House establishes congressional Rice Caucus

Bipartisan group has representatives from all rice-growing states By Reece Langley VP Government Affairs USA Rice Federation Representative Rick Crawford (RAR) said it best, “Rice is a unique industry, which faces its own set of challenges and opportunities. With a new Farm Bill being written next year, I wanted to gather together representatives from other rice-producing districts to ensure the ... Read More »

‘Herding cats’ scenario not an option in 2012

By Carroll Smith Editor Many years ago in my first career as a high school teacher, I had the opportunity to direct the senior play at the school where I taught. I was young, enthusiastic and, in my mind, could envision a musical of Broadway proportions that we could easily pull off. When the playbooks came in and auditions began, ... Read More »

Running The Shovel

The daughter of a Delta rice farmer shares a sense of place By Alexandra Failing Our home, near Indianola, Miss., is smack in the middle of three fields with a little country road running in front of it. I’ve always loved the Delta – the flatness of it, the smell of the earth and the plants. You have space to ... Read More »

Louisiana & Texas Release Long-Grain Varieties

University breeders introduce four new conventional lines By Carroll Smith Editor The names of three of the four new conventional varieties coming out of the rice breeding programs at LSU AgCenter and Texas A&M are tied to rivers that are familiar irrigation sources for area rice producers – Mermentau, Colorado and Antonio. The fourth variety, an aromatic called Della-2 is ... Read More »

Texas Tenacity

Husband and wife duo tackle the tough issues By Carroll Smith Editor Editor’s note: El Campo, Texas, rice producers Linda and L.G. Raun, Jr. recently sat down with Rice Farming magazine to share their expertise on the state and federal levels on farm policy and the local and state levels on water policy. Linda currently serves as the USA Rice ... Read More »