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Arkansas’ new truth-in-labeling law targets rice imposters

Vicky Boyd

The Arkansas Legislature recently passed a measure that sets strict definitions for a host of agricultural products, including rice, and requires food companies to accurately label their products. Gov. Asa Hutchison subsequently signed it into law, creating Act 501. The state legislation is an offshoot of efforts by USA Rice federally to have the Food and Drug Administration establish a ... Read More »

Arkansas growers play catch up during first relatively dry week

Arkansas field prep

Throughout the Arkansas Delta, growers have eyed the first relatively dry week of weather since last September with cautious optimism. Stewart Runsick, staff chair for the Clay County Cooperative Extension Service office, says many growers in his area were able to do some of the first tillage of the season — work that, in most years, would’ve been checked off ... Read More »

Medium grains Titan and Jupiter each has pros and cons

• By Jarrod Hardke • There has been a fair amount of discussion about medium-grain selection between Titan and Jupiter this spring. Titan and Jupiter each have their own pros and cons. Based on head-to-head comparison, the yield potential is virtually identical (Figure 1) when looking at Producer Rice Evaluation Program (PREP) small-plot trials in 2017-2018. Titan gets the slight ... Read More »

Rain, rain, go away!

muddy Arkansas rice field

For many Arkansas farms, the view is the same: water, mud and more water. “With many areas still struggling to dry out from wet weather over the past couple of months, there isn’t much good news over the next week,” the National Weather Service at Little Rock said on March 8. “Rainfall amounts could exceed 3 inches across the southeastern ... Read More »

Wet winter delays field prep, making early rice planting less likely

January rainfall totals

Continuously wet conditions further delayed field preparation throughout much of Arkansas this week, as intermittent rains continue to saturate soils in the state. At production meetings organized by the University of Arkansas in January and February, both growers and agronomists noted the delay in field preparation for the 2019 planting season. Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, ... Read More »

Going for the win

matt morris checks flow meter

Multi-pronged water conservation efforts help growers score ‘more crop to the drop.’ • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Founded in 1892 by John and Emma Morris, Morris Farm near Carlisle, Arkansas, is the oldest commercial rice operation in the state. Richard and Matt Morris, fourth- and fifth-generation descendants, respectively, have embraced water-saving technology during the past several years to steward finite ... Read More »

2018 Arkansas rice production marks recovery from 2017 flooding

early season arkansas rice harvest

Even if the fall of 2018 marked the “harvest that never ended,” Arkansas growers managed to pull enough rice from the land to mark a 30 percent increase over 2017’s disastrous numbers, which reflected the severe spring flooding of that year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released state-by-state crop and stock reports, the first new ... Read More »

Year of extremes took a toll on Arkansas rice and soybeans

arkansas rice awaits harvest

A year of weather extremes — from a hard-frozen winter to a summer of drought to seemingly endless rains in the fall — took its toll on both rice and soybean, two of Arkansas’s top crops. Rice, however, emerged from the fray in notably better shape. “It’s probably been the most problematic year out of the last several,” says Jeremy ... Read More »

Isbells named Arkansas Farm Family of the Year

Chris and Judy Isbell

Chris and Judy Isbell of Humnoke, Arkansas, were named the 2018 Arkansas Farm Family of the Year at the recent Arkansas Farm Bureau’s annual convention. They will now compete with 10 southeastern state winners in the 2019 Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year program in Moultrie, Georgia, in October 2019. The Isbells say they are humbled to receive ... Read More »

Researchers: Fertilizer choice can affect methane-producing organisms in soil

sampling rice fields for methane

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture rice research may lead to more sustainable crop production in the state and around the world. The quest for increased sustainability in agriculture and other industries includes examining greenhouse gases and how they’re generated. In the United States, only a small fraction of greenhouse gases are attributed to agriculture – 8.6 percent, according ... Read More »