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Giving back

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Texas rice grower Jacko Garrett continues to ‘share the harvest’ through his charitable efforts. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • For more than three decades, Danbury, Texas, rice producer Jacko Garrett has been growing rice specifically to donate to the Houston Food Bank. Along the way, he has enlisted the help of other growers and obtained donations from agricultural chemical ... Read More »

Rice mills didn’t escape the great deep freeze of 2021

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• By Michael Klein • The rice industry was reeling from severe weather in 2020 – the most named hurricanes to hit the United States ever and devastating wildfires out West. Optimists felt the new year would bring better everything, including weather. Two months in, they are sorely disappointed as punishing winter weather pounded much of the country and all ... Read More »

Texas rice producers donate 11,000 pounds of rice for the holidays

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Struggling families in a 21-county area served by the Central Texas Food Bank will have something to be thankful for this Christmas as the Western Rice Belt Conference Committee donated 11,000 pounds of rice. Committee members, who farm in an area served by Wharton, Matagorda and Colorado county offices of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, decided to make the donation ... Read More »

Webinars scheduled for annual state outlook and research reports

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• By Lesley Dixon • In lieu of in-person meetings at the now-canceled 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference, the annual state outlook and research reports will be held live via webinar.  The bedrock of the Outlook Conference and the culmination of a year in the rice industry, these reports provide updates, research and analysis from land grant universities in all ... Read More »

Louisiana growers continue to assess Hurricane Laura damage

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• 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

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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 »

Food grains show steadiness amid COVID-19 commodity troubles

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Texas wheat and rice producers could see opportunities as food grains show steadiness amid calamity for other commodities, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, said food grains have avoided much of the “complete wreck” market disruptions have made of commodities like corn, cotton, beef and crude oil. As dairy operators ... Read More »

Most Texas growers have wrapped up planting; conditions near ideal

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• By Steve Linscombe • Rice planting is progressing rapidly in the Texas rice production belt with some producers finishing earlier than normal. L.G. Raun, who farms near El Campo, planted his entire crop (CL151) in a three-day span from Feb. 29-March 2. “Other than a few herbicide application skips, the crop looks very good,” Raun said. On Monday, he ... Read More »

NRCS sets deadlines to sign up for EQIP in Texas

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The Natural Resources Conservation Service in Texas has set the first funding application deadline of April 3 for the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. If additional financial assistance funds are still available, a second funding application deadline will be scheduled for May 15. Applications are taken year-round for NRCS programs, but deadlines are announced to rank and fund eligible conservation projects. ... Read More »

Get the jump on planthoppers

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Begin scouting early to catch the pest before it can cause significant yield loss. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • For three out of the past five years, growers and consultants have found the rice planthopper in scattered fields of second-crop rice south and west of Houston, Texas. Dr. Mo Way, Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist, has told growers and ... Read More »