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USA Rice Federation Daily, 3-18
Lincoln Announces $4.5 Billion Nutrition Legislation (Read More)

Diesel and gas prices up for fourth straight week
Diesel average price increases 2 cents a gallon nationally (Read More)

K. Good Farm Policy 3-18
Budget; Climate; Biofuels; Ag Econ; Food Safety; and Animal Ag (Read More)

Texas: What is rain harvesting?
Course scheduled, Kerrville, April 12-13 (Read More)

K. Good's Farm Policy, 3-17
Budget; Climate; Ag Economy; Trade; Biofuels; and Crop Insurance (Read More)

K. Good's Farm Policy, 3-16
Climate; Trade; Ag Economy; Corn Production (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 3-12
Rice farmers speak out against current U.S. policy toward Cuba (Read More)

K.Good's Farm Policy News, 3-12
Trade; Climate; Ag Competition; Animal Ag (Read More)

K.Good's Farm Policy News, 3-11
Jobs Bill; Insurance- SURE; Competition; Climate; and Trade (Read More)

Hurricanes: AccuWeather Calls For More Active 2010 Season
Expect a 2010 hurricane season more like the one in 2008 than 2009. (Read More)

Diesel, gasoline prices up yet another week, 86 cents above year-ago price
Average U.S. diesel price running 86 cents a gallon above same period a year ago. (Read More)

K.Good's Farm Policy News, 3-10
FAPRI; Biofuels; Disaster Payment; Climate Change; Farm Bill; Trade. (Read More)

Fight That Urge To Plant Into Vegetation - AMS Ag Report, E-Central Louisiana
How does the lineup of rice herbicides really compare to other crops? (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 3-5
Cuban Trade and Travel, H.R. 4645 (Read More)

Bayer Cuts Ignite Price
Also ramps up production. (Read More)

Arkansas: Rice Research News,3-3
"Roy J" is new high-yield and lodge resistant variety (Read More)

Diesel prices up 3 cents a gallon, 3-3
Gas prices also continue to increase (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 2-26
Producers Applaud Introduction of Cuba Trade and Travel Bill (Read More)

East-Central Louisiana 2010 Burndown And Planting Lags
Ruts remain a major issue for rice farmers (Read More)

Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT), 2-8
The Death (for the moment) of the Federal Estate Tax. (Read More)

Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT), 2-9
Top Ten Agricultural Law Developments of 2009 (Read More)

Mississippi Field Notes (Central Miss.), 2-8
Make sure your planting seed are good.| (Read More)

Texas Rice, Winter 2009
Cold Tolerance at Germination and Seedling Stages in Rice. (Read More)

Rice Industry Fears Job Losses, Economic Fall-Out from Ag Budget, 2-3
Farmers Applaud Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Other Ag Leaders for Opposing Plan (Read More)

EXCEL: The Louisiana: Projected 2010 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model
A Rice Production Farm Income and Expense Producer Decision Tool (Read More)

MANUAL: The Louisiana: Projected 2010 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model
PDF file with instructions for using the Excel spread sheet planner (Read More)

Louisiana: Rice Research Station News, 1-29
Two New Clearfield Varieties for 2010; Scout for Blast Early in the Season; White Tip Nematode; Comparison of Cruiser and Dermacor Seed Treatments; Blackbird Baiting Program. (Read More)

Diesel prices drop for second week in a row
National average down 4 cents, less in Gulf states and California (Read More)

Liberty-Link Traits Not Found In 2009 U.S. Rice Crop
Contamination cost sales, disrupted trade (Read More)

Louisiana: Projected 2010 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, 1-25
A Rice Production Farm Income and Expense Producer Decision Tool. (Read More)

Soybeans still in the field? Look at them as a cover crop.|
Mississippi Field Notes (Central Miss.), 1-24 (Read More)

Tractor sales will remain weak in 2010, says association
Lower commodity and farm income numbers continue to depress buying enthusiasm (Read More)

10 Questions And Answers About Liberty-Link Soybeans
Overview from Georgia about where they fit with Roundup resistance in Palmer pigweed (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 1-15
USDA Proposes Cuts to Crop Insurance in SRA Negotiations. (Read More)


Roy J Stands Tall, Yields High

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. March 11, 2010 –  ‘Roy J,’ a new, very high yielding rice variety developed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, earned its shot at the seed bins of Arkansas rice growers in part by standing tall through the windiest of weather in field tests over the past five years.

Chuck Wilson, rice agronomist with the Division of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service, said the straw strength of Roy J “is the best I have ever seen.” He added that in field tests, “I have only seen one or two plots lodge. This is in spite of two hurricanes we had in 2008.”

A mid-season, long-grain variety, Roy J also has excellent yield potential and good milling yield, said rice breeder Karen Moldenhauer, professor of crop, soil, and environmental sciences and holder of the Rice Industry Chair for Variety Development.

Foundation Seed of Roy J was available to seed growers for the production of registered seed in 2010. The variety was named in honor of the late Roy J. Smith, who was a weed scientist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service based at the Division of Agriculture’s Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart for nearly 38 years.

Moldenhauer and fellow breeder James Gibbons coordinate a breeding program based at the Stuttgart center, which is supported by the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board. They and other scientists screen experimental breeding lines for the genetic traits required for profitable production of high quality rice. Roy J rose to the level that will make it competitive with existing varieties.

“We are confident that many growers will be pleased with the excellent straw strength of Roy J, which makes it highly resistant to lodging, and its very high grain yield potential,” Moldenhauer said.

Roy J was put through its paces as breeding line RU0801076, selected from the progeny from a cross made in the year 2000 to combine desired genes from 12 parent lines. Moldenhauer and Gibbons plant seeds from 200 to 300 crosses they make each year and select a few standouts from the resulting progeny plants.

Screening of selections continues over a period of years in the greenhouse and field plots, a winter nursery in Puerto Rico and in the laboratory for DNA markers to narrow the field to just a few breeding lines worthy of entry alongside current varieties in state and regional field trials.

“Yields of Roy J have consistently ranked among the highest in the Arkansas Rice Performance Trials (ARPT) compared to varieties currently grown in Arkansas,” Moldenhauer said. In 12 ARPT tests (2007-2009), Roy J, Taggart, Francis, Wells, Cybonnet, Cocodrie and Drew averaged yields of 192, 179, 179, 178, 157, 153, and 159 bushels per acre, respectively.

The Uniform Regional Rice Nursery (URRN) conducted in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri and Texas by the USDA Agricultural Research Service and state breeding programs provides additional data on yield and milling.

In the URRN for 2008-2009, Roy J had an average grain yield of 207 bushels per acre, which compared favorably with Taggart, Francis, Wells, Cybonnet and Cocodrie, at 214, 190, 196, 188 and 193 bushels per acre, respectively.

Milling yields of Roy J in the state and regional trials were also comparable to the varieties currently grown in Arkansas. Roy J was similar to the widely planted Francis, Wells and LaGrue varieties in disease resistance or susceptibility in state and regional trials.

The Rice Research and Extension Center, Stuttgart maintains breeder and foundation seed of Roy J. The Division of Agriculture is applying for Plant Variety Protection and a utility patent for Roy J.