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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)


More North Louisiana Farmers Switch to Rice

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TALLULAH, Louisiana March, 12, 2010 – More north Louisiana farmers are switching to rice instead of corn, soybeans and cotton.

Garrett Marsh of Tallulah grew his first rice crop last year. “I was here to get a refresher,” he said of a rice growing clinic here on March 4 sponsored by the LSU AgCenter.

He also farms corn and soybeans, but he has eliminated cotton, replacing it with rice.

Marsh said he was satisfied with his first rice crop that yielded 181 bushels to 200 bushels an acre.

He said the soil on his farm is heavy clay, more suited for rice than cotton.

Because rice doesn’t suffer through droughts, it is a more dependable crop because water is pumped onto the crop.

Marsh’s father, Jim Marsh of Tallulah, said hot summers often create quality problems for soybeans. “You can’t sell rotten soybeans,” he said.

Garrett Marsh said he is eager to plant his rice crop this spring, although drill seeding will be a problem if some of the ground moisture doesn’t evaporate. “If it will just give us a week of dry weather, it will dry up.”

Don Taves of Tallulah has planted rice previously, but, he said, he always learns something from the clinics.

“It was a good refresher course,” he said.

Dr. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter rice specialist, said he expects more acreage will be water-planted this year because of wet weather keeping the ground saturated.

“I expect we’re going to see some water-seeded rice that wasn’t intended to be because of the weather,” Saichuk said.

Herbicides function better in wet conditions, he said.

Water management is the key to a successful rice crop, Saichuk said. “If there is any single factor, it’s water management – when to get the water on and when to get it off.”

Dr. Bill Williams, LSU AgCenter weed specialist, reviewed options for controlling weeds. “There’s not a herbicide out there that you can use against every weed,” he said.

Farmers should aim to keep weeds under control two weeks after planting and to keep fields clean of weeds for eight weeks to retain 90 percent of their yield.

He said the most common problem is that farmers allow weeds to get too large before trying to control them.

Williams also urged farmers to evaluate potential varieties.

“I still think unless you have a red rice problem, you don’t want to use Clearfield to control run-of-the-mill rice weeds.”

R.L. Frazier, LSU AgCenter county agent in Madison Parish, said the idea for a clinic for new rice farmers originated from talking with Donna Lee, LSU AgCenter county agent in East Carroll Parish, and Dennis Burns, LSU AgCenter county agent in Tensas Parish.

Most of the rice produced in Louisiana is grown in the southwest part of the state, Saichuk said. Traditionally, about 20 percent of the rice crop is grown in the northeast part of the state.

“But that percentage is going up this year,” Saichuk.