Tag Archives: Production

USRPA update

Producer organization continues to focus on viable export markets. By Dwight Roberts President and Chief Executive Officer, USRPA The old saying, “There are no two years alike,” rarely fails to be true, and 2013 is certainly shaping up to be another unique version. Record cold spring weather, frozen Farm Bill progress and China: What next? With one in five of ... Read More »

Bad timing for ‘chill out’ weather

By Carroll Smith Editor “It was a dark and stormy night” was first penned by English novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton in the opening sentence of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford, according to Wikipedia – an online encyclopedia. Now, in 2013, Bulwer-Lytton’s words popped into my head more than once this spring, but with a little different twist: “It was a wet ... Read More »

New Tools Prove Helpful To Farmers

Rusty Hestir Hestir Rice Service DeWitt, Ark. After attending the University of Arkansas, I worked for Ag Plans of DeWitt and later for Rice Management, Inc. of DeWitt before starting my own agriculture consulting business, Hestir Rice Service, in 1992. I mainly specialized in rice, but I have expanded my consulting to rice, soybeans, corn and milo. 2012 was a ... Read More »

Young Guns

Rice farming’s rewards and challenges in today’s environment By Carroll Smith When Trey Daniel, Brandon Rodgers and Jason Smith entered Arkansas State University (ASU), the three young men joined a fraternity and enjoyed the camaraderie and support of being among a group of likeminded people. After graduation, they went home to farm and soon realized that quite a few of ... Read More »

Good Planning And Early Planting

LANCE RAMTHUN CROP SOLUTIONS, LLC JONESBORO, ARK. (CONSULTS IN CRAIGHEAD, LAWRENCE, POINSETT AND MISSISSIPPI COUNTIES) When my dad began consulting in rice in 1980, we moved to Hoxie, Ark., which is a rice and soybean farming community. Rice and the consulting occupation was all I ever knew growing up. While I was at Arkansas State, I interned with a local ... Read More »

California Dreamin’

Rice farmers reflect on family, wildlife and their love of the land The California Rice Commission posts blogs on its Web site by California rice farmers and others associated with the industry. The first two blogs featured here are by Sandy Denn, who, along with her husband Wally, owns and operates Snow Goose Farms near Willows in Glenn County. The ... Read More »

Plan Early For Weed Control

DANNY MOORE MOORE’S PEST MANAGEMENT, INC. MARION, ARK. (CONSULTS IN NORTHEAST ARKANSAS) I started scouting cotton while still in high school as a part-time employee with Tom Davis (Biology teacher) in 1980. After college, in 1990 I started my own consulting service checking only cotton. Today, we are a full service consulting business checking all other crops grown in our ... Read More »

Smallflower Umbrella Sedge on zero-grade

SAM ATWELL MISSOURI Agronomy Specialist atwells@missouri.edu At our annual Missouri Rice Producers Conference in February, we had topics on resistant weeds, rice weed control recommendations for flood, furrow and pivot rice. Fertilizer recommendations, soil testing and the economic application of nitrogen and other fertilizers to rice were presented. Variety selection, special rice, insects, diseases, marketing, water issues, the aquifer and ... Read More »

Walk On The Wild Side

California rice breeder pursues his passion By Carroll Smith Editor In 1972, while studying plant genetics at the University of California, Davis, new graduate student Ken Foster became intrigued with wild rice but never thought that it would become a part of his life’s occupation. At that time, wild rice was new to cultivation, in general, and especially to California. ... Read More »

Texas Tenacity

Husband and wife duo tackle the tough issues By Carroll Smith Editor Editor’s note: El Campo, Texas, rice producers Linda and L.G. Raun, Jr. recently sat down with Rice Farming magazine to share their expertise on the state and federal levels on farm policy and the local and state levels on water policy. Linda currently serves as the USA Rice ... Read More »