FMC Command® 3ME is #1 for Rice Growers

Cindy Zimmerman

Command® 3ME herbicide remains the South’s number one preemergence solution for protecting rice production from annual grasses despite recent entries into the market, according to FMC tech service rep Don Johnson in Mississippi. “We’ve been on the marketplace for rice growers in the Delta region for 16 years now,” said Johnson during an interview at the 2017 Farm and Gin …

Audio, Farm & Gin Show, FMC, Rice, Weed control

Surprising Crop Report from USDA

Cindy Zimmerman

The 2016 Prospective Plantings report out today from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) shows farmers expect to plant more corn and less soybeans this year. U.S. corn growers expect to plant 93.6 million acres to corn this year, the first increase in corn planted acreage since 2012 and, if realized, will be the third largest corn acreage since 1944. …

AFBF, Corn, Cotton, Markets, Planting, Rice, Soybeans, USDA, wheat

New Cuba Ag Exports Act Opens Trade Options

John Davis

A new piece of legislation will open up trade possibilities for U.S. agricultural exports to Cuba. H.R. 3687, the Cuba Agricultural Exports Act, was introduced by House Agriculture Committee Chairman, Mike Conaway, along with Representatives Rick Crawford (R-AR) and Ted Poe (R-TX). It repeals financing restrictions, allowing U.S. banks to offer credit in Cuba in connection with exports of U.S. …

Rice

USA Rice Federation at 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Taylor Truckey

The USA Rice Federation is the commodity association that represents all industry aspects (growers, millers, merchants) of the rice industry; they have members in all 6 major rice producing states. While at the 2015 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show, Randy Jemison, Director of Louisiana Field Operations for USA Rice Federation, spoke with Chuck Zimmerman about their role in supporting rice …

Audio, Rice, trade

US Rice Would Benefit From New Cuba Policy

John Davis

The announcement that the U.S. is normalizing relations with Cuba is seen as good for American agriculture, with rice producers perhaps seeing the biggest boost. The USA Rice Federation welcomed the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the countries and sees the new approach to banking to being the key. “The changes to banking are very important because they will significantly …

Ag Group, International, Rice

Researchers Look to Develop Sturdier Rice

John Davis

U.S. Department of Agriculture researchers are looking at genetic traits in weedy rice to develop a variety of the grain that flourishes in the face of climate change. This article from the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service says the work hopes to develop sturdy, high-yield varieties of cultivated rice. [Lewis] Ziska, who is with ARS’s Crop Systems and Global Change Laboratory …

Rice, USDA

Study Finds High Value of Rice Agriculture for Wildlife

Jamie Johansen

There’s no doubt that rice, waterfowl and wetland habitats work cohesively to form a perfect ecosystem, and a recently published report puts a monetary value on those existing rice lands. Authored by Ducks Unlimited scientists for The Rice Foundation, the study found that the cost of attempting to replace rice lands with natural wetland habitat would exceed $3.5 billion. “I’ve …

Ag Group, Conservation, Rice

FMC’s Solutions for Southern Rice Growers

Jamie Johansen

Don Johnson is FMC’s Tech Service Sales Manager for the Southern Region. Chuck met up with him during the Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis last week and talked about what FMC has available for rice farmers. Don also reminded attendees as they walked through their booth that FMC has a wide product portfolio that includes something for all …

Agribusiness, Audio, FMC, Herbicides, Rice