From the Field Editor’s Blog

Despite a few road bumps, farmer-owned brewery is up and brewing

farmers brewing

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Despite delays caused by permitting and rain, Northern California rice producer and fifth-generation farmer Bill Weller finally began realizing his dream of producing farm-to-glass craft beers in his own brewery in January. The 40-barrel Farmers Brewing facility is located on the family’s farming operation north of Princeton, with Weller growing the medium-grain Calrose rice, ... Read More »

Despite COVID, work progresses on University of Arkansas’ NERREC

Tim Burcham, NERREC

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • If construction goes according to schedule, the University of Arkansas System’ Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center near Harrisburg will begin hosting rice field trials and experiments in 2021. This season, soil over much of the 600-acre facility was moved to level and grade fields. This facilitated installation of new drainage and irrigation systems. ... Read More »

An ode to rice field days

green bean and rice caserole

The rice field day circuit is different this year, and those of us who try to hit many of them may be having withdrawal symptoms. Sure, these events are a chance learn about the latest research at the various universities or at the California Rice Experiment Station. And with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, universities and the California Rice Experiment Station ... Read More »

Rice production stars in new children’s book, ‘Daddy’s Got Dirt’

daddy's got dirt book

Matthew Sligar wears many hats: California rice producer, video blogger, husband and father, to name a few. Now he can add children’s book author to his growing list of job titles. About three years after Sligar came up with the idea and began work on “Daddy’s Got Dirt – A California Rice Story,” the book is now on local store ... Read More »

Chocolate Lab gains a reputation at UA’s Pine Tree Station

panda with face mask

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Panda, a chocolate Labrador that calls the University of Arkansas’ Pine Tree Research Station home, has become somewhat of an unwitting social media celebrity. Although she doesn’t have her own Twitter account like Pedro, the #catsupervisor at the university’s Lonoke Extension Center, Panda is frequently featured in Pine Tree’s tweets. (To view the postings, ... Read More »

California Rice Field Day showcases varietal advancements

teresa de leon

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Rice breeders at the California Rice Experiment Station are on a roll, having released nine improved varieties in the past 10 years. And their success appears to be continuing as they have two lines — 12Y2175 and 14Y1006 — being considered for potential release in the next few years, said Virgilio “Butz” Andaya, director ... Read More »

Wayward cat finds new home, Twitter fans at UA’s Lonoke Station

jodi blankard

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • To describe Pedro as a social animal is an understatement. After all, the gray and white tabby has his own Twitter account, posting as @CatUAEX (LonokeUAEXCat) and using the hashtag #catsupervisor. He also has his own avatar – a graphic representation similar to a cartoon caricature – and is trying to prefect the selfie. ... Read More »

The ‘Year of Weedy Rice’

Michael Fruge, Adam Famoso

Infestations point out need for Provisia system to clean up fields. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • 2019 could very well be dubbed the “year of weedy rice” — at least in Southwest Louisiana. Even growers who have been diligent about rogueing Clearfield rice fields or rotating to soybeans have seen more weedy rice than usual. The jury is still ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter shows off its full pipeline of new varieties and hybrids

Jimmy hoppe honored

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The Louisiana State University AgCenter breeding program continues on a roll with the potential release of a new Clearfield long-grain variety as well as a conventional long-grain in time for the 2020 season. If that comes to fruition, they would be grown for seed next season and be available commercially in 2021. Also in ... Read More »