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iPhones and Androids and apps, oh my!

By Carroll Smith Editor From telegraphs to text messages and rotary dials to keypads, when it comes to phones, we’re not in Kansas anymore, Dorothy. Cell phones not only have revolutionized the way we communicate but also how we live our lives and do our jobs via cell phone applications, or apps, as they’ve been dubbed by all the cool ... Read More »

California Seedsmen

Father and son team raise seed rice for local growers By Carroll Smith Editor In the California rice industry, 1912 is particularly significant because it marks the state’s first commercial rice production in Butte County. In 1914, the Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) was founded in Richvale and has since grown to several hundred farmer members. Its three lines ... Read More »

Water Management

Following is a sampling of critical water management situations, the stage of the rice and recommended practices or precautions to help alleviate the particular situation. This information is part of the Arkansas Rice Production Handbook, published by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. 1. After dry-seeding, no moisture for germination. The rice has not germinated. Flush as quickly as ... Read More »

Ship It To Me

Kellogg Company sees Louisiana Rice Mill, LLC as a ‘strategic supplier’ By Carroll Smith Editor For any industry to run smoothly and profitably, each facet has to understand the roles and goals of all the other facets. And the rice industry is no different. For example, breeders develop varieties; farmers grow the crop; millers mill the grain and sell it ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited Receives Conservation Achievement Award

Ducks Unlimited (DU) Inc. is the recipient of the USA Rice Federation’s Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award, which recognizes the organization’s leadership in and contributions to U.S. wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The award honors those whose exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation benefit natural resources and wildlife significantly, with those values and benefits being extended to the local, state ... Read More »

NRCS Receives CRC’s Circle Of Life Award

Top leaders from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) were on hand recently to receive the California Rice Commission’s Circle of Life Award for their pioneering work to help improve wildlife habitat in the state’s rice fields. The Circle of Life Award recognizes people and organizations that provide outstanding assistance to California rice. This year’s honor involves the NRCS’ ... Read More »

Specialists Speaking

Multiple strategies for weed control Dr. John Saichuk Louisiana jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Most of the time when the subject of weed control in rice – or any crop for that matter – comes up, the first thoughts are of herbicides; what to use, rate, how much will it cost and so on. At a field demonstration recently, Dr. Eric Webster told producers ... Read More »

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 »