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2 rice producers among Arkansas Farm Family of the Year district winners

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The eight district winners in the 72nd annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program have been selected, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner, which will be  announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel in North ... Read More »

Moisture fuels a blast epidemic: Plan to scout for leaf blast

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• By Yeshi Wamishe • There is already dew in the mornings and rain is in the forecast. Even with planting being later this year, it may still be time to start scouting for leaf blast in susceptible rice, particularly in the event of frequent rains, overcast days and slow wind. Remember leaf blast can start at any stage of ... Read More »

University of Arkansas receives $292,017 4R research grant

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The University of Arkansas was one of five academic institutions to share nearly $2.7 million in grants to conduct field research and demonstration projects to evaluate and promote 4R Nutrient Stewardship. The concept consists of using the right source of fertilizer, at the right rate, at the right time and in the right place. The Fertilizer Institute’s Foundation for Agronomic ... Read More »

Fungicide seed treatments are worth it if seedling diseases are present

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• By Yeshi Wamishe • Field history is a major factor when considering to use fungicide seed treatments. If your field has a history of seed rot and seedling diseases (mostly blight and seedling death), it is highly possible you’re dealing with a seedling disease complex caused by fungi and other microbes, of which Rhizoctonia solani is part of. Remember ... Read More »

Dual duty

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Combination seed treatments may kill two weevils with one blow. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • A weevil that prefers drier ground and typically frequents rice levees has begun damaging furrow-irrigated rice, thanks in part to a lack of permanent flood in the upper portions of the fields. At the same time, producers of row rice — as the system ... Read More »

University of Arkansas launches one-stop-shop for rice info

The University of Arkansas has created Rice Advisor, a one-stop-shopping-type webpage where producers can find Arkansas rice-related information and calculators in one location. Unlike many websites that are built for desktop computers and shrunk to fit smartphones or tablets, Rice Advisor was designed specifically for smartphones and tablets. The site serves as a landing spot for DD50 login, calculators for seeding ... Read More »

Jennifer James elected to Riceland’s Board of Directors

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When Jennifer Hare James joined the Riceland Foods’ Board of Directors, May 1, representing District 5, she became the first woman to do so in the cooperative’s 98-year history. James, who farms rice, soybeans and corn with her family near Newport, Arkansas, had served on Riceland’s Northeast District Drier Council board since 2003. “Always kind of in the back of ... Read More »

Let the sunshine in

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Solar systems help growers cut electric bills while raising their environmental stature. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Chris Isbell, a partner in a family-owned farming operation near Humnoke, Arkansas, looks at his 300-kilowatt solar-generation system as just another crop. “Essentially, we’re farming the sun anyway,” he says. “Any crop you raise is just a power plant for the sun. ... Read More »

Arkansas rice production bounces back in 2018 from 2017

Arkansas rice harvest near Hazen

After a bruising 2017, in which substantial spring flooding cost growers in the state an estimated $175 million in lost production and damaged acreage, rice growers saw higher production in 2018 than in any of the three previous years, according to an April 4 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report, published by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics ... Read More »

Take these steps to prepare for possible fertilizer shortages

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• By Trent Roberts • With current Mississippi River levels above flood stage along all of Arkansas’ eastern border, there are increasing concerns that limited barge traffic combined with reduced access to Arkansas ports may tighten fertilizer stocks during periods of high use. Current river depth at Memphis is at 30 feet and falling: however, there is still a significant ... Read More »