Rice Advice Mid-South

Weed Control Is Key In Missouri Rice

David (left) and Wes Howard

My brother, Wes, and I grew up on a cotton and soybean farm in the Bootheel of Missouri. I worked for a consultant after my dad quit farming in 1999, and Wes did custom spraying for eight years. In 2008, I started Heartland Crop Consultants, and Wes and I became partners in the business in 2011. The 2017 rice crop ... Read More »

Toolbox Packed With Effective Herbicides

Elmer Smith Crop Production Services Heth, Arkansas

SPONSORED CONTENT I had my first experience with rice when I worked as a research intern with a crop protection company the summer before I graduated from the University of Arkansas. After that, I scouted rice for retail companies and joined Crop Production Services in July 2017. As of April 1, I have been involved with this crop for 28 ... Read More »

Seeing Loyant Work is Believing

SPONSORED CONTENT After hearing good things about Loyant herbicide, Hunter Carter — who farms with his brother, Drew — was able to see firsthand how it performed on their own operation last season. The Carters were part of a handful of producers who participated in the Field Forward Program and experienced Loyant herbicide before it was registered. And the Carters ... Read More »

Broad-Spectrum Control Is A Game-Changer

I grew up on a farm in Sunflower County and in the late 1980s married Michelle Gentry, whose father Jerry Gentry also was a farmer. I started helping him with their operation and began farming with my father-in-law full time in 1990. Today, we farm rice, soybeans and cotton at G&G Farms #2 in Linn, Mississippi. We’ve had yield-destroying barnyardgrass ... Read More »

Follow Through On Weed Control

After graduating from Louisiana State University, I moved back home to Crowville, La., and worked for a seed and chemical retailer for about five years. In 2010, some friends and I started a consulting business, and then I ventured out on my own to form Peters Crop Consulting. In 2016, our area experienced historic rain and flooding in March, followed ... Read More »

Strive For Early Season Weed Control

Joey Branch

As soon as I could legally drive a truck, Arkansas crop consultant Danny Moore hired me to work for him, which I did for 10 years. We checked a lot of rice during that time. In 2008, I joined ProAg Services LLC, an independent consulting business owned by Brent Lassiter, in Newport, Ark. Last year was rough for Arkansas rice ... Read More »

Be Proactive, Positive To Achieve Success

Brad Ouzts

Growing up, I learned a lot from my father who was a crop consultant and a professor at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. He taught me about damaging weed and insect pests and which products to use to control them. He also taught the chemical courses at Merigold Flying School in Merigold, Miss. Meeting the pilots and observing the ... Read More »

Program Focuses On Barnyardgrass

I grew up on a small farm in Lynn, Ark., where my dad, Howard Brannon, grew rice, soybeans and grain sorghum. While we spent time together, he taught me about agriculture, especially how to fix equipment. After observing one of our rice consultants working with the crop, I decided to pursue this profession as well. I graduated from Arkansas State ... Read More »

Weed Spectrum And Timeliness Are Key

Growing up on a rice farm that my dad, John, and uncle, Reggie, operated in Acadia Parish, La., influenced my decision to pursue agriculture as a career. After graduating from McNeese, I started treating seed for G&H Seed Co. in Crowley. Four years ago, I had the opportunity to move out of the warehouse and into the field as a ... Read More »

Use Inputs Wisely To Boost Return On Investment

I began scouting cotton in 1994 while attending Arkansas State University. In 1996-97, I worked for Don Benson, an independent consultant, in Marinna, Ark., who also checks rice. After starting my own business — Southern Heritage Cotton Co. — in 2002, I have checked rice ever since. Today, I consult on rice, cotton, soybeans, corn, milo and peanuts, mostly in Lee ... Read More »