Tag Archives: Weed Control

Let’s breathe a collective sigh of relief that the trying 2015 season is over

Dr. Jarrod T. Hardke Arkansas Rice Extension Agronomist University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service jradke@uaex.edu If I had told growers in January that they should plant their rice in May to achieve the best yields and that mid-April would be terrible, I’d have been laughed out of every room. But I would’ve been right. Against long-term trends that say “the ... Read More »

Rice Advice: BD Fontenot

B.D. Fontenot Crop Production Services Eunice, La. • B.S., Agronomy, University of Southwestern Louisiana • Certified Crop Consultant • Consults on rice and soybeans • Has consulted for 25 years • Very active in the Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association (LACA) • Married to wife, Laurie. One son: Jacques (wife, Shelley). Two grandchildren: Rose, 5; and Finn, 4 • Enjoys colt ... Read More »

Early Weed Control Helps Protect Yields

  Matt Huston Wilbur-Ellis Company Woodland, Calif. I grew up on a pear ranch in Placerville. During the summer months, while attending UC Davis, I worked for a company in Yuba City consulting on tree crops. After college, I landed a job at John Taylor Fertilizers in Sacramento. There were very few orchards in the area, so I quickly learned ... Read More »

Specialist Speaking

Dr. Jarrod Hardke Arkansas Rice Research Entomologist, University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service jhardke@uaex.edu Later planting increases disease risk A wet spring leading to delayed planting results in plenty of issues in rice. Beyond the concerns of potential yield reductions and a late harvest, later planting typically increases the chances of running into increased disease problems. Late planting increases the ... Read More »

Reduce Cost, Not Quality

Passion, preparedness and perseverance pay off John Durand’s father was one of nine children raised in the agriculture industry. He farmed for a short time but left to start a construction company – the only sibling to break from the family business. However, Durand chose the path of generations before him. As a kid, he spent time each summer on ... Read More »

Working With New & Existing Herbicides

  Hunter Perry Field Scientist, Dow AgroSciences Greenville, Miss. I grew up in Greenville, Miss., in the early to mid-90s when all major chemical companies had field stations in the local area. Working on two stations during the summers was a natural attraction to someone like me who loved being outdoors. At the conclusion of my Ph.D., I was presented ... Read More »

No. 1 Goal: Growing Premium Quality Rice

Drew Dirks AgriSource Maxwell, Calif. I grew up the son of a rice farmer in the Sacramento Valley and, at a young age, developed a love for spending time in the field. From planting to harvest, there were always new challenges to be addressed. While attending Chico State University, I had an opportunity to work on researching new ways to ... Read More »

Specialist Speaking

Dr. M.O. “MO” Way Texas Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu Control 6-legged pests When I discuss topics other than insects, I get a little nervous, but, finally, this month, I get to talk about six-legged critters! For starters, let me emphasize the importance of scouting and explicitly following pesticide label instructions. If you do not hire a crop consultant, you must ... Read More »

Rotate And Mix Herbicide MOAs

Josh Cartwright Bear River Supply, Inc. Rio Oso, Calif. My hands-on experience with rice began with a summer job at Bear River Supply – a part of Butte County Rice Growers Association (BUCRA) – while I was attending junior college. Later, I was fortunate enough to be hired full-time after graduating from Chico State. Working with the PCAs at Bear ... Read More »

Prepare for Challenges in 2015

Richard Costello Boeuf Delta Ag Services Northeast Louisiana While in college, I interned with Jack McDaniel, an independent consultant at the time, and enjoyed it even though the hours were long. I also did two internships with a crop protection company on a research farm and liked the research end of the industry. As I continued my education, I met ... Read More »