Tag Archives: water conservation

Kellogg’s grant to Nature Conservancy helps fund irrigation timers

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As part of Kellogg’s Better Days commitment to support 1 million farmers by the end of 2030, the company is collaborating with The Nature Conservancy to provide efficient water irrigation resources to Arkansas rice farmers. Thanks to a $165,000 grant from Kellogg, The Nature Conservancy installed irrigation timers on 30 farms to manage water use on approximately 15,000 acres of ... Read More »

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 »

It’s OK to let the rice flood down

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• By Drew Gholson and Dan Roach • Alternate wetting and drying is a water-saving technology that farmers can use to reduce the amount of irrigation water used in rice fields without any yield penalty. In AWD, farmers allow the flood water to recede to a “muddy” state before re-flooding the field. The number of days of non-flooded soil between ... Read More »

Bragging rights

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UArk’s ‘Most Crop Per Drop’ contest encourages growers to try water-saving technology with prizes. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • For the past two years, the University of Arkansas has prodded growers of rice, corn and soybeans to try new irrigation technologies they might not otherwise use and to reduce water use smartly through its “Most Crop Per Drop” Contest. ... Read More »

Nature Conservancy teams with Kellogg’s to give away pump timers

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With financial support from Kellogg’s, The Nature Conservancy plans to give away and install Murphy pump timers to rice producers within Arkansas’ Cache River watershed. The region, centered around Newport and Walnut Ridge, is an area both groups are targeting to increase conservation practices, said Guilherme Prezotti, Delta project manager for The Nature Conservancy. As part of the conservation effort, ... Read More »

University of Arkansas opens second annual irrigation yield contest

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The 2019 Arkansas irrigation yield contest, “Most Crop per Drop,” is open for entries. “We are conducting a conservation yield competition measuring yield and water use for rice, soybeans and corn,” says Chris Henry, University of Arkansas associate professor. The contest is meant to encourage irrigation best management practices, such as computerized hole selection, sensor based irrigation scheduling and surge ... Read More »

Ducks Unlimited names former Florida ag commissioner as CEO

Adam Putnam

Memphis, Tennessee-based Ducks Unlimited has named former Florida agriculture commissioner Adam Putnam as its new CEO, effective April 1. DU’s current CEO, Dale Hall, will remain in place to help with the transition until his retirement on June 30. As ag commissioner, Putnam served in one of four statewide elected positions. He led the nation’s largest state Department of Agriculture ... Read More »

Northern California’s Rominger Farms feted for conservation practices

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Bruce and Rick Rominger, partners in Rominger Farms of Winters, California, were honored recently by the National Association of Conservation Districts for their conservation practices as producers. The brothers, who have a diverse operation that includes rice, received the Hugh Hammond Bennett Award for Conservation Excellence Farmer award at the association’s recent annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Named after ... Read More »

Going for the win

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Multi-pronged water conservation efforts help growers score ‘more crop to the drop.’ • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Founded in 1892 by John and Emma Morris, Morris Farm near Carlisle, Arkansas, is the oldest commercial rice operation in the state. Richard and Matt Morris, fourth- and fifth-generation descendants, respectively, have embraced water-saving technology during the past several years to steward finite ... Read More »