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Louisiana growers continue to assess Hurricane Laura damage

lodged rice

• By Steve Linscombe, Josh Hankins and Emily Woodall • It’s been a week since Hurricane Laura made landfall in the rice country of southwest Louisiana, carving a path of destruction with winds and rain that then moved on through neighboring states to the north. Effects on the 2020 rice crop are still being assessed to determine the extent of ... Read More »

Rice growers check for damage from Laura, make repairs

mangled bins

Since September 2005, Hurricane Rita has been southwest Louisiana’s reference for measuring the severity of weather events.  Yesterday, thanks to Hurricane Laura, this area received a new reference point and a wound from which it will take some time to recover. The city of Lake Charles felt the brunt of the storm, although the port and the rail facility there ... Read More »

Mississippi rice crop looks promising as harvest approaches

MSU variety trials

Rice harvest is approaching in the Mississippi Delta, and early signs point to good yields in 2020. Bobby Golden, rice specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service and an assistant professor with the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, said the condition of the state’s estimated 150,000 acres of rice looks “very good” as growers prepare to fill their ... Read More »

Drier weather helps Mississippi growers catch up

mississippi rice planting

Row crop growers in Mississippi used a relatively dry May to make up for planting time lost earlier in the spring due to wet weather and soggy fields. As of May 24, planting progress for the state’s four major row crops was slightly behind their five-year averages but ahead of where it was at that time in 2019. According to ... Read More »

Safety first

grain bin rescue training

Prevention is key to avoiding grain bin rescues. Knowing what to do in a bin entrapment emergency also is crucial. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Before Wayne Dulaney’s crew entered a grain bin near Clarksdale, Mississippi, in January, he reminded them of safety measures: wear harnesses attached to safety lines connected to the bin and have one person stay ... Read More »

Mississippians invited to celebrate rice, Sept. 20, at annual Rice Tasting

mississippi rice tasting luncheon

Mississippi’s 259 rice-producing farms rank the state No. 5 nationally in rice production, a fact highlighted in September when Mississippians are urged to “Think Rice.” They also are invited to celebrate rice and bring awareness to this important row crop at the Annual Delta Rice Tasting Luncheon in Cleveland. The event will be held Sept. 20 at the Delta State ... Read More »

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 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 »