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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hurricanes: AccuWeather Calls For More Active 2010 Season
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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
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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
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FAPRI; Biofuels; Disaster Payment; Climate Change; Farm Bill; Trade. (Read More)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Louisiana: Rice Research Station News, 1-29
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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
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National average down 4 cents, less in Gulf states and California (Read More)

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arkansas:

UA weed scientist tackles weed control on rice levees

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By Fred Miller

FAYETTEVILLE, Arkansas, March 18, 2010 – Floodwater suppresses weeds in a rice field, but the levees are a different matter.

"The levees provide a moist environment without flood," said University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture weed scientist Jason Norsworthy. "Weeds emerge continuously on the levees."

In response to a weed management survey of Arkansas producers, and with support from the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board, Norsworthy has conducted about a dozen trials over the last three years in search of the best management program to tackle grass and broadleaf weeds on rice levees.

The most problematic grasses rice growers face are barnyardgrass, broadleaf signalgrass, sprangletops and large crabgrass, Norsworthy said. The top broadleaf weed problems are coffeebean, northern jointvetch, teaweed and Palmer amaranth, or pigweed. Palmer amaranth has become even more problematic because of spreading glyphosate resistance, he said.

Norsworthy's research focused on two herbicides that provided the most consistent weed control, Propanil and Facet. He examined each of them alone and in combination with other herbicides. Facet, he said, has superior control when used in tank mixes with other herbicides.

"Facet at full rate combined with 24 ounces of RiceStar HT appears to offer the most consistent levee grass control," Norsworthy said.

Facet alone gives good control of grasses as well as broadleaf weeds, Norsworthy said. Adding RiceStar HT will take down the grasses that Facet misses.

Norsworthy noted that 2,4-D offered weed control "head and shoulders above the rest." But the State Plant Board doesn't permit use of 2,4-D between April 15 and Oct. 15 because of the risk it poses to cotton because of drift.