Tag Archives: Production

Weed Spectrum And Timeliness Are Key

Growing up on a rice farm that my dad, John, and uncle, Reggie, operated in Acadia Parish, La., influenced my decision to pursue agriculture as a career. After graduating from McNeese, I started treating seed for G&H Seed Co. in Crowley. Four years ago, I had the opportunity to move out of the warehouse and into the field as a ... Read More »

It’s wait and see on the 2017 Louisiana crawfish season

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Crawfish may spend a good part of their life in water, but flooding at the wrong time could affect reproduction and survival. One of the keys to the 2017 season will be how fast producers are able to pump recent floodwaters, along with accompanying predacious fish, off their ponds. Read More »

Improved Water Outlook For CA Rice

I was raised in Yuba County on a walnut and prune ranch, so a career in agriculture was a natural fit. I’ve spent the past 16 seasons as research manager and Pest Control Adviser at Butte County Rice Growers Association. My team and I manage the John Nichols Memorial Research Farm – a BUCRA-owned, 50-acre rice testing facility dedicated to ... Read More »

Use Inputs Wisely To Boost Return On Investment

I began scouting cotton in 1994 while attending Arkansas State University. In 1996-97, I worked for Don Benson, an independent consultant, in Marinna, Ark., who also checks rice. After starting my own business — Southern Heritage Cotton Co. — in 2002, I have checked rice ever since. Today, I consult on rice, cotton, soybeans, corn, milo and peanuts, mostly in Lee ... Read More »

FDA proposes arsenic standards for rice baby cereals

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The Food and Drug Administration is moving forward with new standards for levels of inorganic arsenic in infant rice cereals. In what the agency calls a draft guidance to the industry, it is proposing a threshold of 100 parts per billion of inorganic arsenic. Read More »

Potential For Good Crop in 2016

Early in my career, I worked for a company that offered a product line in conjunction with consulting services. I enjoyed the scouting so much that after a few years, I formed my own company, Tomlinson Crop Services. In 2015, the weather was uncooperative during planting season, followed by a period of wet, cool conditions. Surprisingly, when harvest arrived, rice ... Read More »

A Program Approach to Weed Control

My career in the rice industry began in mid-1997 when the company that I was working for registered Stam brand propanil in California. In 2001, the company was purchased by Dow AgroSciences, which had a portfolio of rice products. For many years, I was a Sales Representative for Dow AgroSciences and just recently assumed the role of Market Development Specialist. ... Read More »

Customize Herbicide Programs In 2016

Winston Earnheart, Ph.D. Earnheart Agricultural Consultant Service Tunica, Miss. I grew up in the small Mississippi Delta town of Tunica — 35 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., and 6 miles east of the Mississippi River. My father and four of his brothers farmed mostly cotton, soybeans and wheat in Tunica County. I got into cotton pest management at the early ... Read More »

Bye, Bye Birdies

The EPA recently registered a non-lethal bird-repellent seed treatment for rice. The news traveled swiftly among producers, who have seen firsthand the damage birds can cause to newly seeded rice fields. Read More »

Manage Inputs For Top Yields At Harvest

Jim Quackenbush Pest Control Adviser, Wilbur-Ellis Co. Chico, Calif. When it was time for me to choose a career path, I didn’t have much in mind. In the mid 1970s, I attended a career day at Butte College where a pest control adviser was the guest speaker. From then on, I was hooked! After graduating from Chico State University, I ... Read More »