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Wet spring weather delays Mississippi rice planting

msu rice field trials

The third week of March is usually the beginning of rice planting season in Mississippi, but fields were not dry enough to hold tractors until May in most locations. Many growers were still scrambling to get rice in the ground by early June due to unusually high rain amounts in the first quarter of 2019. While more than 90 percent ... Read More »

2019 Mid-South rice planting season appears to be running in slow motion

mississippi rice tunica

The 2019 rice planting season seems like it’s running in slow motion. Nationwide, slightly more than half of the anticipated acres had been planted as of May 12, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress report. That compares to 81 percent at the same time in 2018. Bobby Golden, Mississippi State University Extension rice agronomist, says growers in ... Read More »

MSU hires new irrigation specialist

Mississippi State University has hired Drew Gholson as an assistant professor and the irrigation specialist with the MSU Delta Research and Extension Center and the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer Water Center. He began his new job April 1 and replaces Jason Krutz, who was promoted to lead the Mississippi Water Resources Research Institute. Gholson earned his bachelor’s in rangeland ... Read More »

MSU opens Ag Water Research Center, seeks grower participation

MSU Ag Water Research Center

The Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service have joined together to open a new research center focused on water management in the Mississippi Delta. The Agricultural Water Research Center, housed on the MAFES West Farm near Stoneville, will serve growers in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Missouri region, said Jeff Johnson, head of the ... Read More »

MSU revises Insect Control Guide

2019 MSU insect guide

Sure to be a best-seller, Mississippi State University’s “2019 Insect Control Guide for Agronomic Crops” is available for free download from https://bit.ly/2tahYVv. The 129-page manual contains insect-related information on the gamut of Delta crops, ranging from rice to soybeans and cotton. In addition to the latest label information, the guide also includes insecticide performance ratings that compare registered products’ efficacy on ... Read More »

MSU research sheds light on row-rice yields

row rice field yields

• By Bobby Golden and Dan Roach • Producing rice in a “rowed-up” manner as other row crops such as corn, soybean and cotton, was a foreign concept just a couple of years ago. Row rice or furrow-irrigated rice was initially investigated by Mississippi State University researchers as an alternative to conventional flooded rice production in the 1980s. Some of ... Read More »

Some fall-applied residuals may injure following year’s rice crop

Italian ryegrass

Although fall-applied residual herbicides are recommended to control glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass, some can be detrimental to the following year’s rice crop, according to recently published research. Involved in the project were Ben Lawrence, a Mississippi State University graduate student; Dr. Jason Bond, MSU weed scientist; Henry Edwards, MSU graduate student; and Dr. Bobby Golden, MSU Extension agronomist. The researchers looked ... Read More »

Mississippi rice production expected to be up from 2017, thanks to more acres

Read Kelly, MSU entomology student

Mississippi growers will produce about 20 percent more rice this year, thanks in part to additional acres planted over 2017’s total. Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, says early forecasts predict national yields near last year’s 7,400 pounds per acre. “National acreage is up about 20 percent. In Mississippi, the increase is slightly more at ... Read More »

MSU schedules Rice Field Day for Aug. 2 in Stoneville

Bobby Golden

Mississippi State University will hold its annual Rice Producer Field Day, Aug. 2, at the Delta Research and Extension Center near Stoneville beginning at 3:30 p.m. After a brief welcome at the Capps Center, trailers will depart for the field tour. Among the topics to be covered are rice agronomy, weed control, entomology, pathology and breeding. This year’s field day ... Read More »