Tag Archives: Weed Control

High turnout expected for Row Crop Short Course

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The 2018 Mississippi State University Row Crop Short Course will feature speakers from seven states covering topics ranging from nematode management in cotton and soybeans to the potential effects of new tariffs on the state’s agricultural industry. The MSU Extension Service and Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station will host the course at the Cotton Mill Conference Center in Starkville, ... Read More »

Horizon Ag, BASF partner to offer zero-percent financing on purchases

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A new program built on the multi-use account through John Deere Financial will offer Southern rice producers zero percent APR financing on purchases of Horizon Ag Clearfield and Provisia rice seed and BASF crop protection products for 2019. Eligible rice seed varieties from Horizon Ag include Clearfield varieties CL111, CL151, CL153, CL163, CL172, CL272 and CLJ01 followed by Clearpath or ... Read More »

Just the facts ma’am — publication provides cover crop info

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University of Arkansas researchers have published the first fact sheet in a series about using cover crops. The crops, typically grown in the off season or winter, help save water, manage weeds and improve soil. “While cover cropping is not a new concept, crop rotations, management practices and types of crops grown have changed a lot in the last 30 ... Read More »

Texas rice growers see near-record yields, good grain quality

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Texas rice farmers are seeing near-record yields of good quality grain, and many are considering a second harvest, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research experts. Dr. Lee Tarpley, AgriLife Research crop physiologist, Beaumont, says despite a few problems for some growers, a near-record yield is expected for producers who planted their fields early in spring. Producers in the state’s rice-growing ... Read More »

Mississippi rice production expected to be up from 2017, thanks to more acres

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Mississippi growers will produce about 20 percent more rice this year, thanks in part to additional acres planted over 2017’s total. Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, says early forecasts predict national yields near last year’s 7,400 pounds per acre. “National acreage is up about 20 percent. In Mississippi, the increase is slightly more at ... Read More »

Be on the lookout for new watergrass in California

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University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisor Whitney Brim-Deforest has been to several farm calls in the past few weeks about an unknown grass weed. Between last season and this, she has seen seven fields that appear to have bad infestations of a new watergrass species (Echinochloa spp.). “We are unsure of the exact identification yet, but we know it ... Read More »

Is it weedy rice or an imposter? UC has some answers

Rice is beginning to head in the California rice-production area. As you scout your fields, keep weedy rice in mind. In the past few weeks, University of California Cooperative Extension farm advisers have received 10 suspect samples. Of these, two have been confirmed as weedy, three are being investigated and the rest have been ruled out. They have also talked ... Read More »

Arkansas rice field day highlights research, hot production issues

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • More than 250 rice producers, consultants and allied ag industry representatives packed tour trailers during the  University of Arkansas’ recent rice field day at the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart. Departing from the Rice Expo format, which included brief research center tours as well as activities for urban residents, this year’s rice field ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter shows off row-rice trials in Rayville

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Farmers heard about the benefits and challenges of growing furrow-irrigated rice at a recent Louisiana State University AgCenter row-rice field day. The event was held at the Elliot Colvin Farm near Rayville, where the LSU AgCenter has one of three research fields in a project funded by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. The other two sites are in Tensas and ... Read More »

Hot, dry weather conspired against Arkansas grass control this season

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Tom Barber, Extension weed scientist for the University of Arkansas System, says unusual rainfall patterns made this season a rough one for many Arkansas crops. “This is the grassiest rice crop we’ve seen in a while, but it’s also been a difficult year for many crops,” he says. “We had a lot of rain early, and then by May it ... Read More »