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Meet Amy Beth Dowdy, 2020 Rice Consultant Of The Year

Amy Beth Dowdy grew up in a close-knit farming family in Stoddard County, Missouri, in the southeast corner of the Bootheel. “Daddy had a few fields of rice and Mama always said that gave us something to argue about at the dinner table,” she says. Soon after graduating from Mississippi State University with an agronomy degree, Dowdy landed a job ... Read More »

Horizon Ag Offers Its Strongest Lineup Ever for 2021

Every new season brings fresh opportunities and challenges for rice farmers. With planting on the horizon, it’s a great time to look at some of the key decisions you can make to ensure you are planning for success. It starts with choosing the right seed, one that offers the potential for high yields and excellent milling characteristics and grain quality, ... Read More »

Rice producer named to California Water Commission

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed three, including rice producer Kim Gallagher, to the California Water Commission. Joining her are Amy Cardalis, a member of the Yurok Tribe and its general counsel, and Fern Steiner, an attorney and member of the San Diego County Water Authority Board. They still have to be confirmed by the state Senate. The California Water ... Read More »

New Horizon Ag Clearfield® Varieties Fit Farmer Needs for Performance

Bernie, Missouri, farmer Zack Tanner has seen a lot of positive developments in Horizon Ag Clearfield® rice varieties over the years, thanks to ongoing university breeding and industry efforts. The latest rice variety releases available from Horizon Ag for the Clearfield Production System for rice, however, are particularly impressive with new varieties like CLL16, CLL17 and last year’s CLL15 pushing ... Read More »

New Horizon Ag Rice Varieties Improve Performance, ROI

With new Clearfield® rice varieties that challenge hybrid yields at a lower cost than hybrid seed, and the latest Provisia® variety to control weedy rice and herbicide-resistant red rice, Horizon Ag varieties are uniquely positioned to help rice producers improve performance and their bottom line in 2021. “Rice farmers have a lot to consider when it comes to planting next ... Read More »

RiceTec keeps hybrid focus but adds varieties

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • RiceTec is expanding its portfolio to include inbred rice lines – commonly called varieties — but the Alvin, Texas-based company plans to continue focusing on its core offerings of rice hybrids. The first varieties could be on the market as early as 2022, depending on how they perform in university and company field trials. ... Read More »

Composite board makers look for greener production methods

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Composite binders are important materials used in furniture, flooring and other consumer products, but they can pose health hazards. Now, Purdue University researchers have developed a lower-cost, sustainable and greener method for producing composite boards – a method that is already seeing growing support from major industry players. Fabrication of many composite boards requires the use of formaldehyde-based resin binders ... Read More »

Dr. Merle Anders honored with 2020 Field to Market Spotlight recognition

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• By Lydia Holmes • Dr. Merle Anders was honored recently as part of Field to Market’s 2020 Trusted Adviser Spotlight Series, recognizing his outstanding leadership in implementing innovative approaches to scale sustainable agriculture. Through his role with the USA Rice/Ducks Unlimited Rice Stewardship Partnership and his work as an independent crop consultant, Anders supports rice farmers across Arkansas in ... Read More »

New year, new varieties

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California releases a premium Calrose medium grain and a high-yielding long grain. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The California Cooperative Rice Research Foundation Inc. has approved the release of two new varieties from the Rice Experiment Station. The medium-grain M-211 and long-grain L-208 will be sold for seed production this season and available commercially for growers for the 2021 ... Read More »