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    July 23, 2013
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    AgFax Rice Review: Heading Getting Underway; Keep Watch for Diseases, Stink Bugs

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    By Ernst Undesser, AgFax Web Editor

    Markets/Trade

    • The Arkansas Farm Bureau reports that U.S. rice futures posted wide gains, though tough export competition could limit upside potential.
    • Oryza.com reports the Philippines is on its way to become self-sufficient in rice production, with expectations of only 187,000 tons this year, mostly for buffer stock. Government irrigation projects are expected to increase domestic production by 146,000 tons this year.
    • Supunnabul Suwannakij reports at Bloomberg that the Thailand government has announced intentions to open rice stocks to bids every two weeks in an effort to reduce stockpiles, accepting that it will suffer losses as it seeks to boost domestic prices rather than make a profit.

    Production

    • Tim Walker reports on the Mississippi Crop Situation blog that rice heading is just starting to really get underway in Mississippi, with fairly light disease pressure so far. Walker notes that since disease development is heavily impacted by weather that growers should continue to carefully monitor fields for any new disease development. Stink bug pressure has been fairly high.
    • Kevin Pearson reports for The Bolivar Commercial that the he Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation met for its annual Rice Commodity Advisory Committee Meeting Friday, where they discussed everything impacting the state’s rice industry from legislation and Farm Bill updates to crop outlook and progress reports.
    • Raghu Sathyamurthy reports on the Arkansas Row Crops blog that the Arkansas Cooperative Extension has been monitoring fields to determine pest and beneficial insect population trends. In particular Extension has been focusing on the presence of rice stink bugs in Arkansas’s rice growing regions.
    • California rice grower Charley Mathews Jr. of Marysville provides an update on the progress on this year’s rice crop in this video from the CalRice.org blog.

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