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Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 23 & 24, 2014

Delta Ag Expo, Cleveland, MS – January 23 & 24, 2014

🕔11:08, 11.Jan 2014

Attached please find the agenda for the Delta Ag Expo in Cleveland, MS. Make careful note that the dates of the meeting have changed from previous years due to a minor scheduling conflict with the Bolivar County Exposition Center.

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2013 On-Farm Rice Variety Trials

🕔12:03, 13.Dec 2013

The electronic version of Mississippi State University’s On-Farm Variety Trial publication is complete and can be accessed at http://msucares.com/pubs/infobulletins/ib0481.pdf.  Hard copies of the variety trials will be available at your county extension office in early January.  If you have any

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Delta Area Rice Grower Meeting

🕔11:39, 22.Nov 2013

Fifty-three people attended the Delta Area Rice Grower Meeting in Cleveland on Thursday, Nov. 21st.  In spite of the good number, many growers remained in the fields to take advantage of what is probably the last chance to get fall

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Important Rice Dates/Harvest Wrap Up Comments

🕔11:44, 15.Nov 2013

On November 18th, a candidate for the Mississippi State University Rice Breeding position, will be giving a seminar in the Capps Classroom on the Stoneville campus at 10:30.  We are excited about progress that our breeding program has made, and

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Rice Grower Meeting – November 21st

🕔13:01, 8.Nov 2013

Mississippi State University will host a rice grower meeting Thursday, November 21 at 12:00 noon at the Bolivar County Extension Office in Cleveland.  The meeting will begin with lunch and will feature Experiment Station/Extension Service Personnel discussing problems that were encountered

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Preliminary Rice Variety Trial Results

🕔13:29, 25.Oct 2013

Data collection and analyses were completed for the 2013 Mississippi On-Farm Rice Variety Trials on Friday, October 25.  A preliminary report will be posted within the next week.  However, if you are needing information to finalize seed booking for 2014, please

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Mississippi Rice Crop Update – August 23, 2013

🕔17:34, 23.Aug 2013

The 2013 rice harvest may be one of the most anticipated harvests in recent years due to the long season.  Let’s hope that growers are rewarded for their anticipation.  As a recap, to my knowledge, the earliest rice in the state was

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Mississippi Rice Progress – August 9, 2013

🕔13:13, 9.Aug 2013

The rice crop in Mississippi continues to move forward.  In addition to several acres moving to the heading growth stage, there are fields that are being drained.  Draining typically means harvest is two weeks away.  I am anxious to see

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Mississippi Rice Progress – July 19, 2013

🕔16:50, 19.Jul 2013

The 2013 Mississippi Rice Crop continues to progress.  In general, this week really began the heading stage, with heads emerging on about 10 to 15% of the crop.  Based on the crop planting progress, heading for the crop as a

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Mississippi Rice Progress – June 28, 2013

🕔13:48, 28.Jun 2013

Favorable weather conditions continue to help this crop progress.  Major problems outside of drift have been few for most of the spring; however, a few different issues have come up this week.  Dr. Jeff Gore was called to help address a

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Mississippi Rice Progress – June 20, 2013

🕔15:19, 20.Jun 2013

As of the week ending June 16th, USDA reported that Mississippi was 100% planted and 99% emerged.  The later planted rice is progressing rapidly which is good.  As we are experiencing more seasonal temperatures, rice will continue to progress rapidly.  In

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Mississippi Rice Progress – May 31, 2013

Mississippi Rice Progress – May 31, 2013

🕔09:59, 1.Jun 2013

In general, rice planting is nearly completed and most rice planted before early May is going to flood.  According to USDA’s Crop Progress Report, growers in Mississippi had planted 72% of the expected acreage by Sunday, May 26.  Other than

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Aphids in Rice

🕔08:46, 24.May 2013

There have been some reports of aphids in Arkansas rice fields recently. I talked to Gus Lorenz (UofA Extension Entomologist) yesterday and he told me that they are seeing several species of aphids scattered throughout Arkansas. I have not heard of or seen any in Mississippi rice fields to date, but I wanted to make everyone aware of what is being seen in Arkansas.

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Rice Preflood Nitrogen Management

🕔15:54, 23.May 2013

Nitrogen is important for crop growth and production.  Managing this valuable input for maximum plant availability is critical to ensure optimum economic returns while minimizing the potential for negative environmental effects.  Urea is the standard N fertilizer product for rice

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Mississippi Rice Progress – May 22, 2013

🕔16:27, 22.May 2013

We continue our trend of just a couple of good days of field work before receiving a rain.  In general, rainfall amounts ranged from 0.75″ to 2.5″ on Tuesday night, May 21.  Planting progress increased to 48% according to the May

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Mississippi Rice Progress – May 17, 2013

Mississippi Rice Progress – May 17, 2013

🕔14:25, 17.May 2013

The USDA reported rice planting for Mississippi was 22% complete as of May 12.  Last year, we were 100% planted and much was going to flood.  The five year average is 86% planted.  As I write, I have heard rainfall reports of less

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Mississippi Rice Progress – May 7, 2013

Mississippi Rice Progress – May 7, 2013

🕔15:48, 7.May 2013

I feel like Bill Murray in the movie “Groundhog Day”. Speaking of “Groundhog Day”, the Groundhog definitely missed this year’s prediction. At any rate, we are where we are and all we can do is manage what we are being

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Mississippi Rice Update – 4/19/2013

Mississippi Rice Update – 4/19/2013

🕔12:34, 19.Apr 2013

Frustration is probably the most predominant emotion in the Mississippi Delta.  I looked through our notes this morning and estimate that since March 14, we have had less than 10 plantable days.  That may be stretching it because there have

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Mississippi Rice Progress – 4/12/13

🕔14:10, 12.Apr 2013

The USDA Crop Progress & Condition Report stated 1% of the Mississippi rice crop had been planted as of April 7.  Last year, 33% of the crop had been planted and we have averaged 12% over the last five years. 

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Rice Planting Progress

🕔15:55, 21.Mar 2013

The 2013 rice planting season has begun in Mississippi. In addition to the first planting date study my staff planted Thursday, March 14, rumor has it a small amount of rice was planted near Arcola March 15 and 16. Rice

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Rice Seed Rates

🕔12:41, 13.Mar 2013

Numerous seed rate studies have been conducted for drill-seeded rice.  Dr. Jason Bond and I published work in 2005, and recently, Dr. Dustin Harrell at the Rice Research Station in Crowley, LA, has updated their seeding rate recommendations.  The common

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Rice Planting Season

🕔16:56, 12.Mar 2013

Many of you may already be aware that Dr. Nathan Buehring no longer serves as the Extension Rice Specialist for Mississippi State University.  Nathan chose to pursue another career in farming and resigned from MSU on February 15.  Nathan and

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Delta Crop Summit – November 13, 2012, Stoneville, MS

🕔13:16, 26.Oct 2012

The 2012 Delta Crop Summit will be held on Tuesday, November 13, in Stoneville, MS. Please see the attached schedule.

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Can UAN 32% be used as an N Source in Rice?

🕔17:11, 6.Apr 2012

Encouraging farmers to plant rice this year has been a hard sell.   The rice industry is facing multiple issues that have put downward pressure on acres resulting in what will be one of the smallest rice acres since the early

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Nitrogen Stabilizers

🕔17:02, 31.Mar 2011

Nitrogen is important for crop growth and production.  Managing this valuable input for maximum plant availability is critical to ensure optimum economic returns while minimizing the potential for negative environmental effects.  Urea is the standard N fertilizer product for rice

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