Tag Archives: Water Management

Numbers don’t lie – industry has made huge sustainability gains

Vicky Boyd

To say you’re sustainable is one thing. But to put numbers to that statement — and numbers that show substantial improvement in using resources more efficiently — is quite another. USA Rice recently released the executive summary of its “2018 U.S. Rice Industry Sustainability Report” that cataloged the industry’s improvements during the past 36 years. We’re not talking small gains, ... Read More »

Going for the win

matt morris checks flow meter

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 »

University of Arkansas to host several water management/irrigation schools

Chris Henry irrigation school

Arkansas crop producers who want to get a better handle on water use in 2019 will have several opportunities through a series of irrigation/water management schools. “The schools are small groups with short instruction and include practical exercises,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and water management engineer for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Surge/soil moisture sensor schools ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter releases 2018 rice variety survey results

cart in a rice field

Dustin  Harrell, Louisiana State University AgCenter agronomist and Extension rice specialist, has released a detailed compilation of the varieties and hybrids planted and grown in the state during the 2018 season. New to this year’s data are water management practices, including furrow-irrigated race and alternate wetting and drying. Harrell was helped in this monumental effort by Extension agents in rice-producing ... Read More »

An early herbicide mistake can plague you all season

Texas rice

We know some of you do a lot of fall/winter tillage to control weeds. However, a spring burndown herbicide application or tillage just prior to seeding can help achieve a clean seedbed. Practicing a stale seedbed can also help reduce the weed seedbank and lead to less weed pressure into the season. Read More »