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Ratoon acreage continues to increase

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu This year about 130,000 acres of rice were planted in Texas – similar to the 2012 planting. For both years, most rice farmers along the Colorado River in Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda Counties were not able to tap this important source of irrigation water due to a continuing drought. However, rainfall ... Read More »

Herbicide And Fertility Programs

Rusty Elston Elston Crop Management, Inc. Cheneyville, La. Something inside always excited me about agriculture. I worked for Dr. Grady Coburn, who has a consulting business in Cheneyville, for 21 years. I am extremely thankful for the training that I received. He really taught me a lot. In 2003, I opened my own consulting business – Elston Crop Management, Inc. ... Read More »

Focus On Weeds & Fertility

Focus On Weeds & Fertility Greg Pylman Pest Control Adviser, Wilbur-Ellis Company Willows, California I grew up on a small farm in the Delta. After graduating from Chico State, I had an opportunity to enter the fertilizer industry. I took the required proficiency exam to obtain a Pest Control Adviser license, went into sales at a fertilizer business, then joined ... Read More »

Identity Preservation: The key is selling the customer what he wants to buy.

By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer, USRPA The U.S. rice industry spent years, decades, building a reputation for high-quality shipments to both domestic and export buyers. The superior quality of our rice resulted in prices to growers being higher than in competitor origins. Our rice was the best, and buyers paid a premium for it. That reputation suffered ... Read More »

Representing 122 years of rice

By Carroll Smith Editor The Rice Awards program, sponsored by Horizon Ag, Rice Farming magazine and USA Rice Federation highlights three honorees for their contributions to the success of the rice industry via the Rice Farmer of the Year, the Rice Industry Award and the Rice Lifetime Achievement Award. On page 18, the beginning of the Rice Lifetime Achievement Award ... Read More »

Impressive lineup offered for upcoming growing season

Variety/Hybrid 2014 Roster It goes without saying that variety/hybrid selection is one of the most important decisions that a rice farmer has to make during the winter planning time. Following are quite a few offerings for 2014. Consider your farm field-by-field when making choices for the upcoming season. The following information about these rice varieties/hybrids and their characteristics was provided ... Read More »

Maintaining Rice Quality Begins At The Farmer Level

“In all of the commodities, when a new issue presents itself, resolving it starts at the farmer level. This is what we are facing today regarding the quality of U.S. rice.” – Ronnie Berry Ronnie and Chris Berry Rice producers Bootheel Missouri Father-and-son team, Ronnie and Chris Berry, farm separately in Bootheel Missouri but share many of the same ideas ... Read More »

Hybrid Rice Update

By Brian Otis, Ph. D. RiceTec Hybrid rice is changing the way rice is grown in America for the better. Hybrids gained an initial foothold in the U.S. market in 2003 and have achieved an average market growth of almost 40 percent per year over the past 10 years. Hybrid rice was quickly embraced by growers for its significant gain ... Read More »

Market Update

By Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter After not having a supply and demand report from the USDA in October due to the government shutdown, the November World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report was highly anticipated by many of the commodity markets. For rice, the biggest changes made to the supply and demand situation were an increase in expected 2013 production ... Read More »