Tag Archives: Quality & Yield

Hybrid Rice Update

By Brian Otis, Ph. D. RiceTec Hybrid rice is changing the way rice is grown in America for the better. Hybrids gained an initial foothold in the U.S. market in 2003 and have achieved an average market growth of almost 40 percent per year over the past 10 years. Hybrid rice was quickly embraced by growers for its significant gain ... Read More »

Men With A Plan: Bootheel Missouri rice producers farm by what pays

By Carroll Smith Editor When Chris Berry began farming with his father, Ronnie told him that he had two rules. “Don’t rent any scrap ground and farm by the pencil. Farm by what pays.” Ronnie originally started farming with his brother, Richard, and they followed those same rules for many years. Today, Ronnie and Chris operate under two separate companies, ... Read More »

Ag economist analyzes rice and soybean markets

By Dr. Kurt Guidry LSU AgCenter From a fundamental supply and demand situation, the rice market continues to show signs of improvement. In its March supply and demand report, the USDA once again lowered ending stocks for the 2012/13 marketing year based on stronger export demand expectations for the remainder of the marketing year. Looking at the demand side of ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

Aquatic insects in rice

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu In rice fields, many insects are aquatic and obtain oxygen by absorbing this dissolved gas directly from the water through their integument, by surfacing and taking a bubble of air with them underwater or by trapping air among fine hairs on the undersides of their abdomens. Speaking of aquatic insects, I ... Read More »

Quality Begins At The Farm Level

JOE MENCER RICE PRODUCER LAKE VILLAGE, ARK. U.S. rice used to be known as the best quality rice in the world. Today, we are losing that reputation. If we are going to keep this industry alive, we’ve got to address the quality issue. In my experience, when buyers are grading rice, they are looking for low chalk, good milling yield ... Read More »

Foliar-Applied Nutritional

Healthier plants result in higher yield potential, milling quality Healthier rice plants cope much better with stresses such as diseases and inclement weather, resulting in higher yield potential and milling quality. And more rice producers are improving their plant health with HeadSet, a foliar-applied nutritional that increases chlorophyll production for higher plant metabolism and photosynthesis. For example, Arkansas grower David ... Read More »

The Legacy Lives On

Sixth generation California rice farmer thinks outside the box BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Many years ago, John Browning was one of the first people to raise rice in the heart of the Sacramento Valley. Today, his great grandson, Fritz Durst, is a sixth generation rice farmer on his mother, Jean Armstrong Durst’s, side and fifth generation rice farmer on his ... Read More »