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Unity and leadership are the keys to success

Inclusion of all and respect for all create strength in the field By Jackie Loewer Chairman USA Rice Federation The U.S. rice industry is no stranger to challenges or threats, but we have a proven way forward that’s built on unity, inclusion, leadership and plain old hard work. Every season brings its usual challenges of weather, input costs and the ... Read More »

Rice farming reality show: Yea or nay?

By Carroll Smith Editor I always look forward to attending the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, which is held on the first weekend of March in Memphis. It’s a time to get a look at “all things ag,” visit with our readers and old friends who drop by the booth and meet new people who also share a passion for ... Read More »

Seed Treatments

Seeing is believing. Insect control and early season plant health pay dividends in the end. By Carroll Smith Editor Arkansas crop consultant Ron Baxley believes rice seed treatments are some of the better tools that have been made commercially available for the industry in a while. The two choices for 2012 are Dermacor X-100 and CruiserMaxx Rice. Also, in a ... Read More »

Managing Red Rice

Use preventive, cultural, chemical methods and crop rotation to control red rice. By Dr. Garry McCauley Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center Controlling red rice requires a program approach that uses good management – a combination of preventive, cultural and chemical methods in conjunction with crop rotation. Preventive measures include planting high-quality rice seed and using clean equipment and machinery ... Read More »

Most Wanted: Mexican Rice Borer

Sneaky Texas pest seeks succulent hideout in Louisiana rice fields By Carroll Smith Editor Although American newspaper editor Horace Greeley made famous the quote, “Go West, young man,” the Mexican rice borer (MRB), a troublesome pest for Texas sugarcane and rice producers, obviously did not get the memo. Instead, the MRB – a type of stem borer – headed east, ... Read More »

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 »