Tag Archives: Water Management

Water Dominates the Rice Scene

Mike Davis – Pest Control Adviser, Helena Chemical Company Chico, Calif. Growing up, I worked on a hay and cattle ranch in Livermore, Calif., prior to attending Chico State University where I received a degree in Agricultural Science. After graduating, I spent 15 years as a PCA with a privately owned ag retailer where I learned about the rice business. ... Read More »

Adjust to the Weather, Manage Water Well

DR. JOHN SAICHUK LOUISIANA jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Several years ago I had a farmer in the rice verification program that was very successful growing upland crops, but felt he wanted to learn more about rice production. A few years later, his brother became a participant, and it was later told to me that the second brother asked the first what to expect ... Read More »

Rice fertility research

DR. JOHN SAICHUK LOUISIANA jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Fertility research is one of the oldest areas of agricultural research, which might insinuate there is little left to investigate. If that were true, we would not get so many questions from growers each year about rice fertility; these questions drive research Dr. Dustin Harrell has primary responsibility for rice fertility research in Louisiana. Several ... Read More »

Growers, researchers fine-tune irrigation practices

By Carroll Smith Editor Editor’s note: In the following article, the fields discussed by Ronnie and Michael Aguzzi and Earl Kline are on straight levee, land-leveled ground. The South typically enjoys an abundant water supply with its many rivers, lakes, ponds and bayous that are an integral part of the landscape. However, in some areas, the water table is declining ... Read More »

Water-use efficiency options

DR. JARROD T. HARDKE ARKANSAS Rice Extension Agronomist University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture jhardke@uaex.edu “Do I have an adequate water supply to irrigate the rice acreage I intend to grow?” This should be one of the first questions a rice grower asks before the season begins. For optimum rice production, we need sufficient water availability to be able to ... Read More »

Unleash Pivot Power

Missouri farmer finds a new way to bring rice into the rotation BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Dennis Robison, who farms in the Missouri Bootheel, is typically in a 50/50 rotation between rice and soybeans on 2,600 acres. For the most part, this rotation works well for him with the exception of a 45-acre field that has sandy, loamy soil in ... Read More »

Teamwork & Streamlining

Careful planning and an experienced staff are keys to success BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Sam and Jim Whitaker grew up farming with their mother and father, then took over the operation when their father retired. All total, this past year marked the brothers’ 19th crop. They farm thousands of acres of rice, soybeans, cotton and corn in southeast Arkansas. “Twenty ... Read More »

REACH Program

MSU showcases BMPs, making farms models of sustainability By Bonnie Coblentz MSU Ag Communications Much of agriculture’s success depends on effective water management, which must be done to keep both farmland and surrounding areas healthy. Agriculture was a $6.7 billion industry in Mississippi last year, and the state is on track to match that value in 2012. That makes agriculture ... Read More »

From dry planting to water-seeding.

Dr. John Saichuk Louisiana jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Last year I wrote an article on water management on March 29. Following is most of the first paragraph of that article. I had no idea at the time of how much of it would be accurate and how different it would be this year. “While I have not had any calls about salt water ... Read More »

Water Management

Following is a sampling of critical water management situations, the stage of the rice and recommended practices or precautions to help alleviate the particular situation. This information is part of the Arkansas Rice Production Handbook, published by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture. 1. After dry-seeding, no moisture for germination. The rice has not germinated. Flush as quickly as ... Read More »