Weed Management In Midsouthern U.S. Rice Production
Presented by Dr. Jason A. Bond
Weed Scientist, Mississippi State University Delta Research and Extension Center
Weed control is one of the primary inputs for rice production in the midsouthern U.S. Many challenges face rice growers in the area; however, new tools are approaching commercialization that will assist growers in mitigating the negative effects of weeds in rice

Provisia Rice System: Considerations For Implementation
Presented by Dr. Sunny Bottoms
Senior Technical Service Representative, Horizon Ag, LLC
Provisia Rice is the new rice technology introduced by BASF. The first varietal release, PVL01, will be available from Horizon Ag in 2018. Clearfield technology has been very effective in controlling red rice. However, where stewardship has not been followed and Clearfield has been planted continuously, the technology is running out due to imi-tolerant weedy rice and red rice. Provisia rice has been developed to control this resistant weedy rice complex as well as multi-herbicide resistant grasses. By implementing Provisia rice into a rice soybean rotation, there will be another mode of action to control these resistant species and curtail the development of resistance in fields that do not yet have an issue. Before implementation of Provisia, there must be at least one season out of Clearfield rice before planting Provisia due to the residual nature of Newpath. PVL01, the first Provisia variety, is a promising variety. Agronomic information such as seeding rate, nitrogen rate and disease management will be discussed as well as where the variety will fit best. Initial quality assessment of this variety has revealed an exceptional grain with low chalk propensity, very high milling yield, and outstanding cooking quality.

Rice Market Outlook - The Swings Of Supply And Demand
Presented by Dennis DeLaughter
Market Analyst, VantageRM, LLC
2017 has been a year where the US supply has dropped dramatically as acres fell by almost 23%. On top of that, weather factors both at planting and harvest across a wide area of the long-grain production areas added to the uncertainty of supply. The result is that the USDA estimated close to a 50% decline in the carryover from 2016 to 2017 and that has allowed for the average farm price to rice an estimated 30%. The problem is, that is still not enough and as we look forward into 2018, we will look at the recent swings in this market and what it may mean for the upcoming year.

New Herbicide Registration Changes Weed Management
Presented by Dow AgroSciences
Dow AgroSciences will discuss a new solution rice growers can add to their 2018 weed management programs. Loyantª herbicide, now registered by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, brings to the market a new active ingredient with unrivaled broad-spectrum control that also will combat herbicide resistance. As the center of a herbicide program, Loyant will help regain control of fields and protect herbicide technologies.

Rice Straw Management: To Burn Or Not To Burn
Presented by David Dunn
Extension Associate Soil Testing Lab & Rice Extension, Fisher Delta Research Center
Burning rice straw has implications for soil fertility. Levels of P & K as well as soil pH may be effected by burning. In this presentation I will discuss the results of a rice straw burning experiment conducted in 2016-2017. My results indicate that at most 2/3 of rice straw is consumed by burning. Burning resulted in a small loss of soil P and did not affect pH. Presented by Sam Atwell MU?Agronomy Rice Specialist, University of Missouri There is public pressure to stop burning of rice straw. Rice producers burn straw to eliminate straw interference with tillage. Some fields have movement of straw with water causing pile ups. This causes difficulties with stand establishment the following year. Are there alternative systems for dealing with this problem?

Weed Control In Rice And The Importance Of Rotation
Presented by Winston Earnheart, Ph.D.
Mississippi Consultant
Dr. Earnheart will focus on some of the errors farmers commonly make in raising rice. He will show slides on the consequences of those mistakes and lead farmers to recognize the benefits of crop rotation in their operation. Earnheart holds a master's degree and Ph.D. from University of Mississippi in biology, and a bachelor's degree from Mississippi State in agronomy. He served as a professor at Crichton College, a liberal arts college in Memphis, Tenn., for four years, and taught high school science for 10 years. He farmed with his father from 1965 to 1980, and farmed on his own until 1995. He raised as much as 3,400 acres of soybeans and had experience in growing cotton and wheat. He has been owner and operator of an independent crop consulting business for 46 years, and now serves clients in several counties in northwest Mississippi.

So Who Needs Rice Futures When You Have A Cash Price And By The Way What Is The Future Of The Rice Price In 2018
Presented by Milo Hamilton
Agricultural Economist, Firstgrain, Inc.
Many think rice futures are a badly run government program designed for their wallets only. Actually, rice futures are not made for the buyer or the seller of the rice but for both. The futures have a new contract term you need to understand. Then you need to apply insight to a rational program of selling your rice in 2018. You need to know the futures and the future of your rice price in 2918. This coming year is a witch's brew of acreage, Asian and Brazil prices, your local basis and the US dollar and seasonal tendencies.

Managing Suboptimal Stands And Nitrogen Management Conditions For Rice
Presented by Dr. Jarrod T. Hardke

Rice Extension Agronomist, University of Arkansas
In recent years, environmental conditions have made rice stand establishment and preflood nitrogen applications increasingly difficult. Replant considerations due to low plant stands should include an evaluation of yield potential as well as the economics associated with replanting or managing the current plant stand. Nitrogen management strategies under suboptimal conditions should also consider nitrogen efficiency and economics as well as grain yield potential.

Putting A Damper On Disease By Growing Row Rice
Presented by Walter Hillman
Arkansas Farmer: Rice
Walter Hillman finds that he can tamp down the disease pressure by growing row rice. Row rice doesn't take as much water as expected to produce a good crop. Thus, there is a water savings in growing row rice as well. He has been growing row rice for over 15 years. Hillman attended Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Ark., and majored in agriculture. He grew up on the farm and followed his dad through the workday since he was four. He began raising crops when he was 14 as part of the learning process. Hillman has been actively farming since 1973. He and his wife, Karen, have three children, two of whom, Jonathan and Ryan, are partners with him on the farm.

Tips On Combatting Herbicide-Resistant Weeds In Arkansas
Presented by Tyler Hydrick
Arkansas Consultant: 30,000 Acres of Corn, Cotton, Rice, Soybeans
Rice growers face a number of challenges each year to produce a crop. One of the major challenges is the battle against weeds. Hydrick will be discussing the weed control challenges in conventional, AWD, and row-watered rice production with regards to herbicide-resistant weeds in Arkansas. In order to combat these weeds, he will also introduce some of the new technologies in rice production and how they can control problematic weeds. Tyler Hydrick is in his first full year as a Certified Crop Advisor, consultanting for Hydrick's Crop Consulting based out of Jonesboro, AR. This business covers the northeastern corner of Arkansas. Prior to this, he has been an employee at HCC since age 15. In 2014, he graduated from the University of the Ozarks with a B.S in Biology. In August 2017, he graduated from Mississippi State University under the advisement of Dr. Jason Bond with a Masters in Weed Science. He now consults on roughly 30,000 acres of corn, soybeans, rice, and cotton while assisting his father, David, on other acres as well.

Update On Provisia And Clearfield Rice Varieites
Presented by Dr. Steve Linscombe
Rice Breeder, LSU AgCenter
Will give an update on the performance of new Provisia and Clearfield rice varieties in 2017. Will discuss potential new Provisia and Clearfield rice varieties for 2018 and beyond.

Rice Varieties And General Management Of Rice
Presented by Jason McGee
Arkansas Consultant: Rice, Soybeans, Wheat, Corn Arkansas Farmer: Rice, Corn, Soybeans
McGee has some practical advice for rice producers. For instance, if you plant rice behind rice, itÕs best to use hybrids because of the disease package. He will also discuss fertility, varieties and the overall management in an effort to produce high yielding rice efficiently. A first generation farmer, McGee has been farming since 2001. He earned a BachelorÕs Degree from Arkansas State University in Jonesboro in pre-veterinarian school, then Òfell in loveÓ with row crops, so he attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville for a MasterÕs Degree in pest management. He also is a consultant, and began consulting in 2001.

Cover Crops And Rice Rotations In Zero-Grade Rice
Presented by Wes McNulty

Arkansas Farmer: 4,800 Acres of Rice, Corn, Soybeans
McNulty will draw on his five years experience in using cover crops while raising continuous rice on a zero grade. That experience has taught him the type of cover crops that work well, how to terminate the cover crop and no-till into it, and other lessons he will share that can benefit those who attend this presentation. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he received his bachelorÕs degree in ag-business in 1993 and began farming that year. He represents the third generation on the farm where he raises 2,000 acres of rice and 1,500 acres each of soybeans and corn.

Rice Inspection Frequently Asked Questions And Update
Presented by Sandra Metheny
Field Office Manager, Stuttgart Field Office, Federal Grain Inspection Service, AMS, USDA
Presented by Anthony Goodeman
Acting Director, Field Management Division, Federal Grain Inspection Service, AMS, USDA
FGIS will give an overview on the rice inspection program and speak about current developments. Topics covered will be rice standards, inspection options. who may request services, and how to request original and review inspection services. Additionally, FGIS will provide an update on challenging inspection factors, current issues, and visual imaging technology research.

The Texas Rice Crop Amid The Deluge of 2017
Presented by Cliff Mock
Texas Consultant: Rice Soybeans
Texas has been facing challenges in rice production for several years. Producers have had years of preventive planting due to drought and water shortages. In 2017 however, all rainfall records were broken. This program will show cultural practices being adapted by Texas Rice Producers under these varying conditions. 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 36 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, Texas Rice Improvement Association and the industry panel for Texas Rice Research Foundation.

Provisiaª Herbicide For The Provisia Rice System
Presented by Alvin Rhodes
Technical Service Representative, BASF Corporation
Provisiaª Herbicide provides control of red rice, barnyardgrass and other grasses in the Provisia Rice production system. This herbicide provides postemergence control of grasses but hash no residual activity. Two postemergence applications prior to the permanent rice flood are required for grass control. The first Provisia herbicide treatment should be made as an early postemergence application (1 to 2-leaf rice). The second Provisia herbicide application should be applied about 10 days later at the 3 to 5-leaf rice stage. Proper stewardship is very important for rice growers to maintain long term benefits of this technology.

Success And Challenge Of Marketing US Rice
Presented by Dwight Roberts
President, CEO, US Rice Producers Association
Since the organization was formed in late 1997, the US Rice Producers Association have developed a unique relationship with the rice markets of the Western Hemisphere. For many years the United States dominated the markets of Mexico, Central America and other country markets. Today, a number of issues are changing the market dynamics. What does the future of this key regional market have in-store for U.S. rice farmers? What is the export outlook of the competition from the Mercosur countries of Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay? How successful are SE Asian rice exporters to the Western Hemisphere? Are we going backward on trade with Cuba? Are we going forward with the new China-US Rice Protocol? These are not your grandfatherÕs markets today and increasing the sale or maintaining markets for U.S. rice will require unique efforts.

Implementing Winter Cover Crops Into Rice Rotations
Presented by Trenton Roberts
Assistant Professor and Soil Fertility Specialist, University of Arkansas
Winter cover crops are gaining popularity across the Mid-South with increases in acreage each year. Successful implementation of winter cover crops into corn, cotton and soybean rotations has been accomplished, but little headway has been made in rice rotations. Feedback from producers indicate concerns regarding rice stubble management, waterlogged soil conditions, termination of cover crops and the inability to effectively no-till rice into cover crop residue. Recent work suggests that winter cover crops can be successfully incorporated into rice rotations with little to no extra equipment. A three year demonstration project with the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has been implemented to help show producers the specifics of incorporating winter cover crops into rice systems. Small plot research has also been conducted with cereal rye, black oats, Austrian winter pea, crimson clover as well as blends of these species to identify the specific benefits for rice producers based on cover crop species selection. The best results to date have come from a blend of Austrian winter pea (80%) and black oats (20%). These species are well adapted to the Mid-South climate and soils and have shown to both increase rice yields over the untreated control and reduce nitrogen fertilizer rates. Winter cover crops can be implemented into rice rotations effectively and can improve the long-term sustainability of rice production systems in the Mid-south.

Weed And Herbicide Issues In Continuous Rice
Presented by Tim Sanders

Mississippi Consultant: Rice, Cotton, Soybeans, Corn, Grain Sorghum, Peanuts, Wheat, Sanders Ag Consulting
Resistance has shown up in rice fields in recent years as some of the common herbicides are struggling to control them. Resistant grasses and rice flat sedge have sprung up despite treatment. Sanders will present measures that he has found to curb the problem weeds and harvest a healthy rice crop. Sanders holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. He has been consulting for about 25 years, the last 14 years on his own.

The Need For New Rice Chemistry
Presented by Dr. Bob Scott
Extension Weed Scientist, University of Arkansas
In recent years populations of barnyardgrass have developed resistance to as many as 5 of the 7 known or currently labeled herbicides for use for grass control in Rice. In addition recently populations of both annual and yellow nutsedge have developed resistance to the ALS family of chemistry (Permit) This has made rice weed control, especially economical rice weed control more and more of a challenge for many mid-south growers and consultants. In addition new rice farming practices such as row water rice have presented new herbicide and weed challenges. New chemistry and other weed control solutions for rice will be discussed

RiceTec Hybrid Performance And Yield Stability
Presented by Mason Wallace
RiceTec, Inc., Technical Services Manager
RiceTec Hybrids have shown to excel in the varying environments producers have experienced over the years. The record heat in 2016 decreased yields significantly in rice but the hybrid advantage increased tremendously over varieties. Record floods occurred in 2016 and 2017 and fields underwater for weeks were kept and yielded well. The yield stability of RiceTec hybrids have maintained a proven advantage year in and out regardless of the environmental challenges that year presents.

Hydrogen Sulfide Toxicity And Blast Disease Management In Rice
Presented by Dr. Yeshi Wamishe
Associate Professor, University of Arkansas
Hydrogen sulfide toxicity and blast disease are important problems that can cause substantial yield loss in some rice fields in Arkansas. Hydrogen sulfide toxicity subsequently produces a phenomenon called autumn decline that eventually makes the rice crop to fail. Both hydrogen sulfide toxicity and autumn decline are mainly managed by a "drain and dry strategy" and on the contrary blast is largely suppressed by increasing the irrigation flood depth.

IPM Research And Other Issues In Texas Rice In 2017
Presented by Dr. M.O. (MO) Way
Professor of Entomology, Texas AgriLife Research & Extension Center
We will discuss research conducted in 2017 involving rice stink bug sampling, control and damage. We will also discuss current information on the rice delphacid and issues surrounding Hurricane Harvey.