RICE

R5-2 Paraquat Drift On Mississippi Rice
Presented by Dr. Jason A. Bond Weed Scientist, Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center
Paraquat is widely used for preplant herbicide applications in corn, cotton, and soybean to control glyphosate-resistant weeds in Mississippi. Paraquat applied preplant to these crops is often mixed with other herbicides representing different modes of action for improved postemergence and residual weed control. Due to MississippiÕs diverse cropping systems and wide range of planting windows for corn, cotton, and soybean, incidents of paraquat off-target movement to rice have increased in recent years across the Mississippi Delta.
R4-2 The Issues, Difficulties And Benefits Of Growing Conventional Rice
Presented by Austin Davis Mississippi Farmer: Rice, Soybeans
Our farming operation includes growing conventional rice, as opposed to a hybrid,” Davis says. He will discuss why that choice was made, the biggest reason is the quality of the rice and the fact that any rice dried on farm is quickly shipped out by Producers Rice Mill. Producers Rice Mill is home based out of Stuttgart, Ark., but the rice out of their on-farm storage goes to the Producers Rice Mill in Greenville, MS. Davis has been working on the family farm since he was 13 but farming full time since 2014. He holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Mississippi State. He farms 7,400 acres, 5,000 of which are in soybeans and 2,400 acres are in rice in a partnership with his father, Larry, and brother, Judd.
R2-2 Rice Market Outlook - The Swings Of Supply And Demand
Presented by Dennis DeLaughter Market Analyst, VantageRM, LLC
2019 has been a year of weather and questions regarding yields and acres. Once again supply is going to be the main issue into the Winter and then demand will take over as the major factor regarding prices. The carryover is expected to be drop 10% from last year but it may be more then that after all is said and done. Headed into 2020 we may still be dealing with tariff issues which will have an effect on planted acres for the upcoming year. In our presentation we will focus in on the current outlook and where prices we may be headed in 2020.
R3-2 Bringing The Rice Trade Into The Digital Era
Presented by Stephen Edkins CEO and Founder, Rice Exchange
Rice Exchange is transforming the highly fragmented international rice trade into a modern global marketplace by introducing trust and efficiency. Our digital platform is a one-stop-shop where buyers, sellers and service providers find each other, conduct trades and arrange insurance, shipping, inspection and settlement in a secure and cost-efficient environment.
R7-2 Louisiana Rice Variety Update
Presented by Dr. Adam Famoso Assistant Professor, LSU AgCenter
The rice breeding project at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey concentrates on the development of superior rice varieties for the Louisiana and the southern US. The program focuses on multiple grain types (long, medium, aromatic) and herbicide classes (Clearfield, Provisia, conventional). This talk will discuss new and potential varieties under developed by the LSU AgCenter.
R4-2 Rice Management Strategies That Influence Yield And Profitability
Presented by Dr. Bobby R. Golden Extension Agronomist, Mississippi State University
Rice is cultivated under multiple management strategies in the mid-southern U.S. that can influence yield and profitability. This talk will explore how altering production systems and inputs could impact yield and net profitability. Changes in inputs such as fertilization plan, seeding rate and production systems impact on yield variability will be discussed.
R3-2 The Third Leg Of The Market Stool Is Trade
Presented by Milo Hamilton President & Senior Economist, Firstgrain, Inc.
We can anticipate that long grain acreage planted to rice should expand in 2020. In the past the best predictor of the season average price is the value of the US dollar and changes in long grain acreage in the Delta (and to a lesser extent along the Gulf Coast). Weather not prices set the plantings in 2019. In 2020, there may be 500,000+ acres that could go into rice, if market conditions are there. So, acres planted, and the US dollar value are two legs on the market stool, but the third leg is trade. It is hard to imagine conditions for trade getting worse than they are now for US agriculture. Rice stocks in the Americas could crater by 2020. So, for the first time in years, rice could be the preferred row crop and perhaps export demand gets stronger as well as South America plants less. When all is said and done, the big negative for US rice is India, not Brazil, which sells its water resources as rice, heavily subsidized, cheap and often. When India gets a handle on its water pump, the world rice trade will change drastically.
R9-2 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 NationÕs critical natural resources; working ricelands, water, and wildlife habitat. The Partnership has helped bring over $80 million of financial assistance to rice producers to implement conservation practices on 800,000 acres. As a rice producer, you have the opportunity to take advantage of these additional funds and make improvements on your operation.
R1-2 Learning As We Grow: Furrow-Irrigated Rice
Presented by Dr. Jarrod T. Hardke Rice Extension Agronomist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Rice Reserch and Extension Center
Furrow-irrigated rice production has reportedly increased to 250,000 acres in the Mid-South. Of this 150,000 acres occur in Arkansas across a range of soil types and environments. Trials evaluating nitrogen management, cultivar selection, and irrigation management are ongoing. Results of these studies and their impacts on overall management of furrow-irrigated rice compared to traditional flood irrigation will be discussed.
R10-1 Evaluation Of Nitrogen Managment In Furrow Irrigated Rice
Presented by Dr. Dustin Harrell Agronomist & Extension Rice Specialist, LSU AgCenter
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.
R5-2 Curbing Drift On Rice And Other Herbicide Incidents
Presented by Tyler Hydrick Arkansas Consultant, Ag Assistants, LLC Arkansas Consultant: 30,000 Acres of Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans
Hydrick will focus on general Paraquat drift and any other drift issues on rice and other herbicide incidents he has seen on rice the past year. He will encourage a better knowledge of rice in the area and application management strategies, including when you are applying herbicides in an inversion. Tyler Hydrick is in his third year as a Certified Crop Advisor, consulting for Hydrick's Crop Consulting based out of Jonesboro, Ark. This business covers the northeastern corner of Arkansas. Prior to this, was an employee at HCC since age 15.
R13-2 Expert Panel On Weed Management
Presented by Dr. Andy Kendig Herbicide Development Lead, ADAMA
Presented by Lance Schmidt Regional Development Leader, ADAMA
RiceTec and Adama will be hosting a panel of experts to discuss how to manage weeds in cotton and rice in this area of multiple resistant broadleaf and grass weeds and in cotton and rice. How should preemergence herbicides be used, multiple modes of action, programs, rotations and cultural methods. RiceTec and Adama are collaborating to bring FullPageª, Preface¨ and Postscript¨ in a new IMI-based system as well as the MaxAceª fop-based system. Both systems offer superior crop tolerance to their respective herbicides. Adama also offers VopaK¨, Zurax¨ L, and Diverge¨ for integrated weed management in herbicide tolerant and conventional rice as well as herbicide tolerance systems. In cotton, Adama offers Cotoran¨, Direx¨ and Parallel¨ herbicides, Diamond¨ and Acephate¨ insecticides and SetUp¨, Clean-Pik¨ and Ready-Pik¨ boll openers and defoliants.
R8-2 Update On USA Rice Sustainability Programs
Presented by Dr. Steve Linscombe Executive Director, USA Rice Foundation
An update on all USA Rice Sustainability programs. Included will be information on the development of sustainability webinars, establishment of rice sustainability goals for the US, development of a American Society of Agronomy sustainability specialty, and updates on sustainability metric platforms including the Fieldprint Calculator as well as the Sustainable Rice Platform.
R1-2 My Thoughts On Levee Surveying With MIRI
Presented by Scott Matthews Arkansas Farmer: Rice, Soybeans
While heÕs been using a combination of rice irrigation programs the past two years, Scott Matthews has been toying with the idea of levee surveying with MIRI (Multiple Inlet Rice Irrigation) on precision-leveled ground much earlier than that. He has been a speaker at the conference for 10-11 years supporting conservation tillage, and now conservation irrigation in rice. This is his 30th crop year. Matthews holds a bachelor’s degree in business from Arkansas State University. In 2003, he was chosen to participate in the Riceland In-Depth Program, and in 2004, he participated in the American Soybean Association and DuPont Young Leader Program. He was named National Rice Farmer of the Year at the 2005 National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference. He currently sits as vice president on the Poinsett County Farm Bureau, and is on the Arkansas State University, Soil and Water Conference board.
R14-2 On-Farm Implementation Of The Provisia Rice System
Presented by Wes McNulty Arkansas Farmer: Rice, Corn, Soybeans
Wes McNulty of Waterloo Farms near Pine Bluff, AR, implemented the Provisia Rice System in 2018. For the past two years it proved to be successful in controlling weedy rice and resistant grass infestations on the farm. Agronomic inputs required for PVL01, such as fertility rates, seeding rate and fungicide, will be discussed along with herbicide program implementation. Plans for the implementation of the Provisia rice system as a rotation tool for weedy rice and resistant red rice and grasses will be discussed as well.
R12-2 AGROCETE - Cotton And Rice Convention
Presented by Dr. Luiz Antonio Michelini US Technical Manager, AgroCETE US
AGROCETE, a special fertilizer company, was founded in 1980, in Ponta Grossa, Brazil. The company develops and sells adjuvants, biostimulants, inoculants, and special fertilizers for seeds and foliar applications. Today, it operates in all South America, Mexico, and Central America. The success of Brazilian agriculture is similar to the United States, where research, product development, technology, and leadership, combined with knowledgeable farmers have allowed an achievement of maximum productivity and profitability in several major crops. AGROCETEÕs plan is to bring new products and technical assistance to the United States following the American environmental protection guidelines and compliance. Initially, the products will focus on rice, soybeans, cotton, wheat, peanuts, and corn, along with new technologies for the U.S. farmers.
R10-1 Challenges And Solutions For Nitrogen Management In Furrow Irrigated Rice
Presented by Cullen Minter Strategic Account Manager, Koch Agronomic Services
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 should 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 has been testing SUPERU® fertilizer in furrow-irrigated rice since 2017. SUPERU® Fertilizer is a 46-0-0 fertilizer with both a urease inhibitor and nitrification inhibitor infused homogenously in each granule. The two active ingredients give 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® fertilizer.
R6-2 Rice And Water: What's In The Future?
Presented by Cliff Mock Texas Consultant: Rice, Soybeans
Mock will center his discussion on the water situation in Texas and the rice crop the past year. Yields were greatly reduced from the previous year and there were a number of quality issues, although there was an adequate water supply. What he finds concerning is the future and conservation techniques on the watering and things like that which he will discuss. Mock graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Texas A&M in 1977. He has been doing consulting for the past 40 years, while also raising a small amount of rice and soybeans on the family farm with his son who is now in charge of that operation. Mock also serves on the Board of Directors for Gulf Coast Water Authority, and is chairman of the industry panel for Texas Rice Research Foundation. He consults for three counties, Brazoria, Whorton and Colorado.
R11-2 Washington: How Bad/Dysfunctional Is It?
Presented by Dwight Roberts President & CEO, US Rice Producer Association
Presented by Vernie Hubert Senior Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs
Presented by Alice Gomez Vice President, Cornerstone Government Affairs
This presentation is focused on our national seat of power Washington, D.C. especially as it affects agriculture. Topics covered will include Federal and State elections, relevant Committees, and trade politics and policy. Is agriculture a bipartisan pursuit or has it been infected with partisan politics? Come to explore where things are expected to go given the current political climate.
R7-2 Public Rice Variety Development At A Crossroads
Presented by Dr. Xueyan Sha Professor, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Rice Research and Extension Center
Rice production in southern US has gone through a dramatic change in last two decades with the successful introduction and wide adoption of hybrid rice, as well as the development of herbicide resistance traits such as Clearfield and more recently Provisia. Public rice breeding program is challenged to develop varieties to keep up with the genetic gain achieved on hybrid rice while maintaining the competitive edge of superior milling and grain quality of pureline variety over commercial hybrid. The latest releases, potentials, and experimental lines in the pipeline from University of Arkansas rice breeding program will be presented.
R6-2 Recent Rice Entomology Research In Texas
Presented by Dr. M.O. (Mo) Way Professor of Entomology, Texas A&M AgriLife Research
The exotic insect pest of rice, Tagosodes orizicolus or rice planthopper/delphacid, was found in Texas in 2018. Recent regulatory actions by TDA and USEPA will benefit the Texas rice industry if this insect continues to occur in damaging numbers in Texas. We also will present information on other management options for insects attacking rice in Texas.
R8-2 Economics And Environmental Benefits Of Sustainability Of Rice Production
Presented by Jim Whitaker Arkasas Farmer: Rice, Corn, Soybeans, Cotton
Whitaker will discuss 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 Ôlittle thingsÕ as no-till or minimum till, nutrient management and alternate wetting and drying (AWD). He’ll look into the future and how companies are demanding sustainability. He has seven years experience with AWD and together with his brother, Sam, they raise 8,000 acres of rice, 3,000 acres of soybeans, 3,800 acres of cotton, and 1300 acres of corn. He has been farming for 27 years.