Working Together to Maximize U.S. Rice Quality

By John Anderson – Farmers Storage, Inc., Essex, Mo. Rice quality, specifically chalk, has been the buzz phrase lately with buyers and farmers both. In recent years, the quality of U.S. rice has not been as attractive to buyers in Central America. However, the U.S. has the best farmers in the world, along with some of the best technology, which ... Read More »

Impact of Increase in Rice Acreage and Supplies

When examining the current market situation for rice, there seem to be two different sets of supply and demand fundamentals whether considering shortterm market movement or longer-term, new crop price prospects. In the short term, the supply and demand conditions suggest relatively tight supplies. Despite experiencing record yields in 2013, many in the market suggest that much, if not most, ... Read More »

Walking in Memphis

By Carroll Smith Editor You don’t have to strap on your blue suede shoes to travel to Memphis for the 2014 Mid-South Farm and Gin Show, but it might be a good idea to throw some comfortable walking shoes in your suitcase. With more than 400 exhibitors packed into and outside the Cook Convention Center, this year’s show promises to ... Read More »

Bang the Trade Drum Loudly

USA Rice seeks fair and equitable trade for our industry Now that the Farm Bill is behind us, the U.S. rice industry adds renewed focus to a key priority – trade. Producer, miller and export leaders will meet in Washington at the end of this month for the annual USA Rice Government Affairs Conference (GAC), which will cap a month ... Read More »

Choose Herbicides & Apply Correctly

Eric Benzel – Pest Control Adviser, Big Valley Ag Services, Gridley, CA While attending California State University-Chico, I worked for the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Butte County conducting rice research. After graduation, I obtained my license and became a rice PCA. Last year, right out of the gate, we had cooperative spring weather. It was dry, so ... Read More »

Invest in Money Making Inputs

Joey York – Crop Production Services Inc., Des Arc, AR I have been on and around a farm for most of my life. After graduating from Arkansas State University, I came back to the family farm at Little Dixie for a while, then went to work for a local retailer. During that time, I had the opportunity to train alongside ... Read More »

Fertility Management

Fertilizer — not too much, not too little DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist This month’s topic is fertility management. As you know, I’m a bug fella, so I’m no expert on fertility management, although I do know N, P and K are increasingly expensive. Since the majority of Texas rice farmers produce both a main and ... Read More »

Two New Clearfield Varieties Released

Two New Clearfield Varieties Released LSU AgCenter has announced the release of two new Clearfield rice varieties, an improved Jazzman and a medium grain, according to Steve Linscombe, rice breeder and director of the Rice Research Station. Both will be available for seed production this year and commercial production in 2015. Clearfield rice varieties can tolerate herbicides that kill red ... Read More »

Family Legacy

California brothers represent four generations of rice with the fifth generation not far behind By Carroll Smith Editor Criss Jami, an American poet, essayist and existentialist philosopher quotes, “Unlike wealth, there is an infinite value in legacy.” And a family legacy in the form of a life-giving grain such as rice, is the epitome of immeasurable worth. “I’m a fourth ... Read More »

Quality Predictability And Reliability

My father, Cesar Corrales Ines, founded Arrocera Los Corrales S.A. (ALCSA) in 1972 as a white and parboiled rice milling operation. I’m the second generation in the business and have been involved since 1989. We have been importing rice for about 20 years from the USA. Although the main staple food in Guatemala is corn because of our strong Mayan ... Read More »