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Walk On The Wild Side

California rice breeder pursues his passion By Carroll Smith Editor In 1972, while studying plant genetics at the University of California, Davis, new graduate student Ken Foster became intrigued with wild rice but never thought that it would become a part of his life’s occupation. At that time, wild rice was new to cultivation, in general, and especially to California. ... Read More »

Industry News

Valley Irrigation Adds Tire Pressure System Valley Irrigation is now offering the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) as part of its control technology product line. TPMS is not only the first product in the mechanized irrigation market to monitor tire pressure on center pivot irrigation equipment, but also is a proud recipient of a 2012 World Ag Expo Top 10 ... Read More »

Maintain the ‘Gold Standard’ reputation of U.S. long-grain

USA Rice members aim to secure marketability and competitiveness By Robert Cummings Chief Operating Officer USA Rice Federation USA Rice Federation members took on a new multi-year challenge in February 2011 to bolster the marketability and competitiveness of U.S. long-grain rice in domestic and international markets. The Rice Marketability and Competitiveness Task Force aims to secure the future marketability of ... Read More »

Through the looking glass

By Carroll Smith Editor In reflecting on my travels through northern California and a good bit of its rice country, I am reminded of author Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There. Alice, a young girl, tries to imagine what the world looks like on the other side of the mirror. As she touches the mirror’s ... Read More »

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 »