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Ag banks increased lending

By Carroll Smith Editor For many farmers, securing a production loan for the upcoming year is a critical part of the process to make sure the growing season runs smoothly and the bills get paid. The Louisiana Farm Bureau Federation recently provided some good news on this topic that I think all farmers will appreciate. Following are some excerpts from ... Read More »

Blasting Rice Blast

By John Cartwright With the discovery of overwintering blast next door in Louisiana, Arkansas rice growers should scout their fields early in the season to nip any potential infections in the bud, said Yeshi Wamishe, Extension plant pathologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. A Louisiana plant pathologist issued a February report warning of blast lesions on ... Read More »

Young Guns

Rice farming’s rewards and challenges in today’s environment By Carroll Smith When Trey Daniel, Brandon Rodgers and Jason Smith entered Arkansas State University (ASU), the three young men joined a fraternity and enjoyed the camaraderie and support of being among a group of likeminded people. After graduation, they went home to farm and soon realized that quite a few of ... Read More »

Industry News

California IPM Information The third edition of Integrated Pest Management for Rice is now available. The publication’s informative color photographs of pests and their damage, line drawings, tables and figures are valuable aids in the diagnosis and treatment of common rice pests. New in this edition, readers will find information on: Exotic pests in rice; detecting, confirming and managing herbicide ... Read More »

Aquatic insects in rice

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu In rice fields, many insects are aquatic and obtain oxygen by absorbing this dissolved gas directly from the water through their integument, by surfacing and taking a bubble of air with them underwater or by trapping air among fine hairs on the undersides of their abdomens. Speaking of aquatic insects, I ... Read More »

Start Strong To Finish Strong

ROBB DEDMANPRO AG CONSULTING, INC. RISON, ARK. In 1990, I worked as a rice scout for Dr. Nathan Slaton, who, at the time, was a county agent with the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. After graduating from college, I went to work in retail, but I always wanted to be a consultant. In 2002, I had the opportunity to become a ... Read More »

Quality Begins At The Farm Level

JOE MENCER RICE PRODUCER LAKE VILLAGE, ARK. U.S. rice used to be known as the best quality rice in the world. Today, we are losing that reputation. If we are going to keep this industry alive, we’ve got to address the quality issue. In my experience, when buyers are grading rice, they are looking for low chalk, good milling yield ... Read More »

Thinking outside the box

BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR The origin of the phrase “thinking outside the box” is typically attributed to the Nine Dots Puzzle, pictured below. Three rows of three dots are inside a box. The challenge is to connect the dots with four straight lines without picking up your pencil. As it turns out, the solution to the puzzle involves going outside ... Read More »

Foliar-Applied Nutritional

Healthier plants result in higher yield potential, milling quality Healthier rice plants cope much better with stresses such as diseases and inclement weather, resulting in higher yield potential and milling quality. And more rice producers are improving their plant health with HeadSet, a foliar-applied nutritional that increases chlorophyll production for higher plant metabolism and photosynthesis. For example, Arkansas grower David ... Read More »

The Legacy Lives On

Sixth generation California rice farmer thinks outside the box BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Many years ago, John Browning was one of the first people to raise rice in the heart of the Sacramento Valley. Today, his great grandson, Fritz Durst, is a sixth generation rice farmer on his mother, Jean Armstrong Durst’s, side and fifth generation rice farmer on his ... Read More »