Rice Row Spacing and Seeding Rate Decisions
Presented by: Dr. Jarrod T. Hardke
Rice Extension Agronomist, University of Arkansas
Producers are increasingly looking for cultural management options in rice that will optimize their production. One of the most notable areas of interest is in planting arrangement and seeding rate. The overall goal is to optimize grain yield and milling yield while reducing seed costs and equipment costs. Trials evaluating row spacing and seeding rate combinations for varieties and hybrids are ongoing. Results of these studies and their impacts on production will be discussed.
Managing Nitrogen in Furrow-Irrigated Rice Production
Presented by: Justin Chlapecka
Phd Graduate Research Assistant, University of Arkansas
Furrow-irrigated rice acreage continues to increase across the Mid-South and is estimated at over 200,000 acres in Arkansas alone. Nitrogen (N) fertilization has the potential to be much less efficient where a flood is not present. Studies were conducted in 2018, 2019, and 2020 in commercial fields on both clay and silt loam soils across Eastern Arkansas to determine the optimal N management regime for furrow-irrigated rice. Findings from the three-year study across 16 sites will be discussed –including grain yield, milling yield, and recommendations depending upon soil type.
US Rice Sustainability Programs and Rice Leadership Development Programs
Presented by: Dr. Steve Linscombe, Executive Director, USA Rice Federation
The US Rice Industry has a rich history of sustainability throughout the field production and processing sectors. From 1980-2015 the industry reduced environmental impacts by increasing land use efficiency by 39%, decreasing water use by 52%, decreasing energy use by 34%, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 41% and decreasing soil loss by 28%. The industry has established additional goals to continue to make improvements in each of these metrics over the next 15 years. The progress and goals will be discussed as well as all programs such as webinars, podcasts, and social media that is being used to convey the rice sustainability story. The Rice Leadership Development Program will also be discussed.
Sustainable Practices For Raising Zero-Grade Continuous Rice
Presented by: Jim Whitaker, Arkansas Farmer: Rice, Corn, Soybeans, Cotton
Whitaker will discuss whether row rice can add benefits to rice farming and keep it more sustainable. He will discuss the pros and highlights the cons of row rice. He also will explain “Why we do what we do” and how little efforts add up to not only help the environment but also put dollars in your bottom line. He described some of the “little things” as no-till or minimum till, nutrient management and alternate wetting and drying (AWD). He has seven years of experience with AWD and together with his brother, Sam, they raise rice, soybeans, cotton, and corn. He has been farming for 27 years.
Insect Management and Insecticide Termination in Rice
Presented by: Nick Bateman, Extension Entomologist, University of Arkansas
Presented by: Chase Floyd, Graduate Student, University of Arkansas
Multiple studies were conducted to determine the efficacy of insecticides for rice water weevil in flooded rice, as well as rice billbug in in furrow irrigated rice. These tests show that combinations of insecticide seed treatments were the most consistent control options for both of these pests. Assays were also conducted on rice stink bugs to determine tolerance levels to Lambda cyhalothrin along with multiple in-field efficacy trials.
What will the US rice market look like in early 2021?
Presented by: Milo Hamilton, President and Senior Economist, Firstgrain Inc.
Right now that seems like a decade into the future. Here is why. By then, China will have suffered the worst growing season since 1961 and yet they expect a bumper rice harvest. Go figure! India will have a bigger crop but its neighbors, not so much. Most likely drought will trim acres in South America despite huge rice prices currently. The US faces a much larger crop, huge domestic demand, and a delayed start to its exports because the stocks were so tight. Over the next 6 months the US Dollar should weaken, and we will know who will be in the White House after a bitterly fought campaign.
One thing is likely: we will have left a crucial something out of our list Why so? It is because last year at this time we did not forecast near record rice prices in June, a near record price drop in July, a global pandemic, the near-record storm in Louisiana and urban race riots, massive unemployment, the unprecedented collapse and rebound in US equities. Oh yes, we forgot to mention that two of the three largest fires in California history are raging across the state right now. Fire, wind, rain, disease, financial ruin. What horsemen of the Apocalypse did we fail to mention?
How to Expand your Marketing with Indigo Marketplace.
Presented by: Win Coleman, Regional Merchandising Director for rice, Indigo AG
Presented by: Ethan Lamont, Regional Merchandising Director West Region, Indigo AG
Presented by: Rhett Butler, Grower Account Manager Rice – North Arkansas, Indigo AG
Presented by: Austin Fitts, Grower Account Manager Rice – South Arkansas/Mississippi/N. Louisiana, Indigo AG
Presented by: Enrique Cruz, Grower Account Manager Rice – Texas/Louisiana, Indigo AG
Will discuss how Indigo Marketplace and our portfolio of pricing tools can offer a new layer to a grower’s marketing strategy. We will also highlight our rice supply agreements (Anheuser-Busch) and ways to look at new opportunities.
Urease and Nitrification Inhibitor Use in Rice Production
Presented by: Derek Rapp, Technical Agronomist, Koch Agronomic Services
Derek Rapp, Technical Agronomist for Koch Agronomic Services (Koch), will address the technical aspects of nitrogen management in rice production, specifically in delayed flood and row rice. Rapp will focus on how nitrogen fertilizer applications can set the stage for rice crop yield potential with emphasis on ANVOL® nitrogen stabilizer and SUPERU® fertilizer.
Everything Old is New Again: Managing Sedges in Rice
Presented by: Dr. Thomas (Tommy) Butts, Extension Weed Scientist, University of Arkansas, System Division of Agriculture
Multiple sedge weed species, including yellow nutsedge, rice flatsedge, and most recently, white margin sedge, have become increasingly troublesome in Arkansas rice acres. The correct identification of the sedge species in the field is a necessity to correctly select an effective herbicide. Additionally, getting the most out of our herbicides requires optimizing the application process. This talk will discuss the identification of common problematic sedge weeds, explore white margin sedge and best management efforts for this species, and identify aerial application methods that can improve efficiency and control.
The Balancing Act of Managing Grasses and Sedges in Rice
Presented by: Austin Miller, Crop Consultant: Nutrien Ag Solutions
The theme of weed control in rice in recent years has become a mandatory two-way approach. It comes down to a decision of which is your more problematic weed at the time, a series of grass species or sedges. After attacking whichever weed is the greater of the two evils, it is important to be ready for a quick post flood application to clean up the other. This talk will discuss the importance of both pre and post flood scouting of these weeds. Additionally, it will consider different control options for white margin sedge, a relatively new problem weed which has become increasingly widespread and troublesome in my area, and how these control options can play into the herbicide program that is already in place.
Keys Fertilization of Hybrid and Pureline Rice Cultivars with Potassium
Presented by: Dr. Trenton L. Roberts
Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, University of Arkansas
Rice is an important component of many crop rotations across the Mid-south and for many states such as Arkansas, hybrid rice cultivars account for roughly half of the acres produced to rice. Recent work at the University of Arkansas has identified a stark difference in the response of hybrid rice to potassium (K) fertilization compared to pureline cultivars. On soils with very low and low soil test K, where we see highly significant increases in pureline rice yields with K fertilization, we see no yield increases for hybrid rice on these same soils. These findings suggest that hybrid rice does a better job of exploring the soil and scavenging nutrients, but also may be mining soil nutrients at a faster rate. Further research is needed to identify the rate at which hybrid rice removes K from a production system and whether or not K fertilization rates need to be adjusted to account for the differences in nutrient demand across rice cultivars.
Rice Fertility Programs and Experiences
Presented by: Sterling Clifton
Arkansas Consultant: Rice, Clifton Agronomics Inc.
I will discuss my experiences as consultant of nearly 30 years with rice fertility programs over a range of soil types and production levels and regimes.
I will focus mostly on Phosphorus, Potassium, Sulfur, Zinc, as well as liming and pH issues.
It will be based around a proactive approach using intensive precision sampling, variable rate fertilizer applications and centered years of experience and guided by years of University research, data and recommendations.
Clifton holds a bachelor’s degree in plant science and agronomy from Arkansas State University. He grew up working on a farm for his uncle.
On-Farm Rice Conservation Opportunity
Presented by: Josh Hankins, Director – Grower Relations, Rice Stewardship Partnership, USA Rice
Presented by: Dr. Scott W. Manley, Director Conservation Programs, Ducks Unlimited
USA Rice and Ducks Unlimited formed the Rice Stewardship Partnership in 2013 to conserve three of our Nation’s critical natural resources; working ricelands, water, and wildlife habitat. The Partnership has helped bring $97 million of financial assistance to rice producers to implement conservation practices on 800,000 acres. With project signups available to rice producers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Missouri, you have the opportunity to take advantage of these additional funds and make improvements to your operation.
Rice Variety Options from University of Arkansas for 2021 Season and Beyond
Presented by: Dr. Xueyan Sha, Professor and Rice Breeder, University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture
Rice breeding program of University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has served Arkansas rice industry since early 1980’s by meeting the critical varietal needs of state rice industry. For 2021 season, several new varieties will be available to Arkansas rice growers in addition to recently releases CLL15 and CLM04, which include conventional long-grain Jewel, conventional medium-grain Lynx, and Clearfield long-grain CLL16. The new varieties will provide improved yield, milling, diseases resistance, and grain quality. A number of potential experimental lines and hybrids in the pipeline will also be discussed.
Updates on the development of improved long grain rice in Arkansas
Presented by: Dr. Christian De Guzman, Assistant Professor, Rice Breeding Genetics, University of Arkansas
The long grain breeding program of Arkansas focuses on the development of superior varieties with improve rough rice grain and milling yield, quality, disease resistance or tolerance, and good plant characteristics. The program concentrates on conventional and herbicide tolerant Clearfield and Provisia as well as aromatic rice. This presentation will discuss the overall breeding process and potential lines in the advance stage of testing.
Nitrogen Management Challenges in Furrow-Irrigated Rice and Available Nitrogen Technology Solutions
Presented by: Cullin Minter Strategic Account Manager, Koch Agronomic Services, LLC
With reduced tillage furrow-irrigated rice acres growing and gaining popularity, new challenges exist in nitrogen management for rice producers. In addition to volatilization loss, furrow-irrigated rice creates an environment where denitrification loss can be expected. While urease inhibitors protect against volatilization effectively, once the urea is incorporated by irrigation, below-ground loss needs to be considered. Koch Agronomic Services, LLC has been testing SUPERU® fertilizer in furrow-irrigated rice since 2017. SUPERU is a 46-0-0 fertilizer with both a urease inhibitor and nitrification inhibitor infused homogenously in each granule. The two active ingredients provide protection against all three major nitrogen loss mechanisms: volatilization, denitrification, and leaching. We have seen significant yield increases and more consistent results in furrow-irrigated rice fields when using SUPERU.
Evaluation of Nitrogen Management in Furrow Irrigated Rice
Presented by: Dr. Dustin Harrell Professor, Louisiana State University Agriculture Center – Rice Research Station
Furrow irrigated rice (FIR) has increased in popularity over the past three-years and is set to increase in acreage again in 2020. Nitrogen (N) management in FIR is less efficient as compared to traditional flooding due to the alternating wetting and drying of the soil. Several trials were established in 2018 and 2019 to evaluate N management in FIR. Trials evaluated N rates, N application timings, and enhanced efficiency fertilizers.
Growing export markets with the help of Rice Exchange
Presented by: Stephen Edkins
CEO, Rice Exchange
The Rice Exchange digital platform makes it easy for US rice producers to connect with buyers in Central and South America, the Caribbean and beyond. Our digital rice trading platform brings buyers and sellers together to trade rice in an efficient, cost effective and secure way. The block-chain enabled platform was designed and built by Fujitsu to allow users to interact and settle trades through a permissioned, smart contract solution that integrates buyers, sellers and service providers in the shipping, insurance and inspection sectors. Rice Exchange increases trust, lower risk and delivers cost savings to all participants. Trading on the platform began in September. The company operates globally from Singapore and Switzerland.
Managing New Offerings from Horizon Ag to Optimize Performance and Profitability
Presented by: Dr. Tim Walker
General Manager, HorizonAg LLC
As Horizon Ag enters its third decade of providing industry leading technology, it is releasing two new high-performance rice varieties. CLL16 combines Clearfield technology in a blast resistant, conventional statured plant type typical of many University of Arkansas releases. It reaches optimum harvest moisture about 5-7 days later than current Horizon varieties, helping spread out harvest.CLL16has proven to have very high yield potential, especially in the Upper Midsouth. CLL17 is a taller semi dwarf variety developed by the LSU Ag Center that has out performed CL111 and CL153 by 5%-10% over years of testing in the Coastal rice production area.CLL17 requires about30 pounds less N than most varieties. Having pita and pi-ks genes for blast tolerancegivesCLL17 an advantage overCL151.
FullPage™ and Max-Ace™: Revolutionizing Rice Production
Presented by: Mason Wallace, RiceTec Tech Service Manager, RicTec Inc.
Presented by: JC Carlow, ADAMA Territory Sales Rep., ADAMA
RiceTec has recently introduced one new herbicide technology and is in the process of a second introduction. One system is a Group II (ALS inhibitor) herbicide technology. It is called the FullPage™ Cropping Solution and utilizes Preface™ and Postscript™ herbicides from ADAMA for weed control in rice. The hybrids offered in this system have enhanced tolerance and allow producers more flexibility with herbicide applications. Current hybrids in the FullPage™ system consist of RT7321 FP, RT7521 FP, RT7523 FP, and RT7921 FP. The second new technology is Max-Ace™. The Max-Ace™ system utilizes a Group I (ACCase Inhibitor) herbicide technology. The herbicide will be called **HighCard™ and will be provided by ADAMA. The Max-Ace™ system will allow producers a new herbicide technology to control troublesome grasses and red rice in their fields. The Max-Ace™ system will include two new lines from RiceTec: RTv7231 MA and RT7331 MA.
*This is not a guarantee of performance nor a warranty of fitness for particular use.
** Pending EPA registration
Tips to Maximize Rice Production From Planting to Harvest
Presented by: Tony Driver Agronomic Service Representative, Syngenta
Presented by: Anthony Crocker Seedcare Representative, Syngenta
Presented by: Dr. Gus Lorenz Dist. Professor & Extension Entomologist, University of Arkansas
From seed to harvest, rice demands intense management. In this session, learn ways to protect seeds from damaging diseases, such as Pythium and Rhizoctonia, and stand shattering insects, including rice water weevil; get tips on tackling in-season disease, including kernel smut and strobilurin-resistant sheath blight; and season-long control strategies for insects and weeds.
How Rice Exchange helps US farmers access global markets
Presented by: Stephen Edkins, CEO, Rice Exchange
Rice Exchange is the world’s first digital platform enabling rice buyers and sellers and third parties to trade rice in a cost efficient, cost effective and secure way. The blockchain-enabled platform has been designed and built to allow participants to interact and settle trades through a permissioned, smart contract solution that integrates buyers, sellers and service providers. It increases trust, reduces risk and delivers costs savings tothe rice industry, benefiting all participants. It operates globally, from Switzerland and Singapore.