Tag Archives: missouri

Riceland Foods launches water-saving initiative

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Through the Ingrain Good initiative, Riceland Foods and its farmer members aim to reduce water use in rice production by 250 billion gallons by 2025 in Arkansas and Missouri. The co-op and its members plan to do this through the promotion, adoption and implementation of efficient irrigation tools and techniques, according to a news release. Water-use efficiency has been a ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Wet weather at planting slows Missouri growers

drilling seeding rice missouri

• By Emily Woodall • Sporadic sunny skies after three months of steady rain have made planting a mixed bag in Missouri rice country. On Blake Gerard’s operation in nearby Cairo, Illinois, they planted their first rice acre of the year earlier this week. “We were blessed with some dry weather, three days of sunshine, and it was 80 degrees ... Read More »

Saturated soils in Missouri set the stage for spring flooding

flood outlook map

The stage is set for more spring flooding in Missouri, said University of Missouri Extension climatologist Pat Guinan. “A lot will depend on the weather patterns that set up over the region in the next few weeks,” he said. Missouri farmers, still reeling from 2019 weather woes, face a greater than 50% chance of moderate flooding on mainstream rivers and ... Read More »

Pride of the Bootheel

hayti fire department

Missouri farmer wins $25,000 ‘Transform My Community’ grand prize for the Hayti Fire Department • By Carroll Smith, Cotton Farming Editor • Aug. 12, 2009, started out like any other late summer day for Pam and David Dowdy, who farmed in the Missouri Bootheel with their son, Matt. They were unloading grain bins and hauling corn to the river, so ... Read More »

Researchers turn up the heat to prepare for global warming

Vicky Boyd

When you start looking at historical weather data, Arkansas and the rest of the Southeast haven’t seen a significant overall temperature increase since the early 20th century. What has changed in Arkansas and parts of the Southeast is how those temperatures are distributed, according to information from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association National Centers for Environmental Information. Although the ... Read More »

MU plans $6.5 million investment in ag research centers, including Fisher

MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright

University of Missouri officials plan to make a $6.5 million investment in the Missouri Agricultural Experiment Station, which includes 15 facilities statewide. Among them is the Fisher Delta Research Center in Portageville, which focuses on rice, cotton and irrigation. The investment will enhance the university’s ability to share next-generation agricultural technologies developed by MU researchers with Missouri’s farmers and ranchers. ... Read More »

USDA grant allows SEMU to buy drone and high-tech camera

drone at Southeast Missouri State University

Southeast Missouri State University’s Department of Agriculture and the Economic and Business Engagement Center have been awarded a $51,000 Rural Business Development Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to establish an agricultural advanced digital technology initiative. The initiative is part of an effort to incorporate technological advancements into agriculture operations within the region. Southeast has used the funding to ... Read More »