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Quarterly publications from the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station with current activities and research updates for 2018.
The research at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
This report provides information on future plans, program significance, industry facts, and research highlights for the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
A list of varieties released by the Rice Research Station dating back to 1917.
Quarterly publications from the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station with current activities and research updates for 2017.
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Provisia Rice Will be Valuable for the Louisiana Rice Industry
Major rice producing states in the United States.
Induced mutation breeding is a viable proven approach to improve certain qualitative traits. More than 440 rice and 2200 crop varieties have been released through induced mutation work.
2017 H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Field Day
The 2017 LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Field Day was held on June 28.
The advancement in rice genomics and completion of rice genome sequence open new possibilities to approach key problems found in rice production. This project is headed by Herry Utomo.
Rice goes way back in the history of Louisiana.
This research facility has continuously provided technology advances to increase the viability of the Louisiana rice industry during its 108 years of existence.
The research at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
While the potential uses for drones is almost limitless, many of the future applications are expected to be in agriculture.
While all agronomic crops require meticulous management, rice is considerably more complex.
One of the first, and most important, decisions a rice producer makes each year is which variety to grow in each production field.
LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station Released Varieties 1917-2015.(Book)
The research at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Res. Stn., Crowley, LA, is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
Our recommendations are to begin planting rice in southwest Louisiana on March 10 and north Louisiana on April 1.
The Louisiana Rice Research Board met on November 11 to review funded projects, evaluate new proposed projects and make decisions on funding for 2017.
It was estimated that in the region over 30 percent of the rice crop had not been harvested when the flood occurred.
Quarterly publications from the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station with current activities and research updates for 2016.
The Rice Station has a cooperative research agreement with the Rice Research Institute of the Guangxi Academy of Agricultural Science dating back to 2009.
The research at the Rice Research Station, Crowley, Louisiana, is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. The 2014 rice research program included breeding/variety development, biotechnology, variety testing, fertilization, soil and water management, cultural practices, weed control, insect control, and disease investigations.
Making crosses is the backbone of the breeding program today.
The LSU AgCenter’s H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station was established in 1909 and is now well into its second century of providing new technology to the Louisiana rice industry. The station has been successful in variety development efforts, having released 52 varieties, including 32 in the past 25 years. Hybrid rice has been developed and has demonstrated significant yield advantages over inbred varieties since the 1970s.
Captured "red swamp crawfish" vary widely in color because of their diet and environmental conditions, but the most exotic colors occur because of mutations in the genes that are responsible for pigment formation.
Limited food resources near the end of the crawfish production season resulted in lower reproduction. Moreover, short-term feeding with high protein/high energy feeds in forage depleted ponds before crawfish burrowing seemed to mitigate the food shortages and even increased the spawning rate over those crawfish from ponds rich in forage.
Over the last several years, crawfish farmers have been switching to a slightly different crawfish trap – one constructed of ¾-inch square mesh wire in lieu of those made from ¾-inch hexagonal (6-sided) mesh. The square mesh traps are more durable and produce larger catches.
The LSU AgCenter has recently released two new rice varieties that should give a boost to Louisiana rice production. Both of these varieties contain the gene for resistance to imadazolinone (imi) herbicides, which will allow them to be used with the Clearfield production system.
It is critical for farmers and others in the industry to stay abreast of the latest technological advances. Louisiana rice farmers are fortunate in that three excellent meetings will be held within driving distance in the next few months.
The Rice Research Station has been in existence since 1909. One of the most important developments to come from the station in recent years has been the introduction of Clearfield rice. This technology has probably had more impact on Louisiana rice production than any other new technology that has resulted from the station’s research efforts.
The 2015 LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day was held on July 1. This was the 106th field day since the station was established in 1909. Last month we discussed the weed control and rice breeding stops on the tour. This month we continue with the four additional stops (plant pathology, insect pests, hybrid rice breeding, and rice agronomy). The 2016 Rice Research Station Field Day will be held on Wednesday, June 29.
The 2015 LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day was held on July 1. This was the 106th field day held since the station was established in 1909.
The 2015 rice season in Louisiana has been a challenging one up to this point. The predominant theme in this year’s crop, so far, has been precipitation. Since March 1, which marks the beginning of rice planting in southwest Louisiana, the Rice Research Station has received more than 24 inches of rain. These wet conditions are also troublesome with soybeans, which are the main rotation crop with rice in southwest Louisiana.
The advent of GPS and GIS technology has greatly improved rice production in a number of ways. One of the first areas to use GPS technology in rice production was in aerial applications. Another area where this technology has been important is in improving the precision of rice fertilization. Other advances from this technology include auto-steer tractors, sprayers, and other field machinery.
The Rice Research Station was established in 1909 with the main mission of evaluating and then later developing superior varieties for improving the viability of the Louisiana rice industry. The evolution of rice production in the state over the past 33 years has been profound.
Louisiana rice producers grew a higher percentage of acres of medium-grain rice varieties in 2014 than had been grown in many years. This was primarily due to a significant premium offered for medium grain for the 2014 crop.
Blackbirds can cause significant levels of damage to the Louisiana rice crop, both at seeding and as the crop approaches harvest maturity. Several species of blackbirds are responsible for damage to rice crops, particularly red-winged blackbirds (Agelaius phoeniceus), common grackles (Quiscalus quiscula) and brown-headed cowbirds (Molothrus ater). Damage is caused by both resident and migrant blackbirds, and migrant birds reach peak numbers from fall through early spring.
Quarterly publications with current activities and research updates for 2015.
The 2014 Louisiana rice crop is either in the bins or already on the table somewhere. One thing that is a constant in Louisiana rice production is that no two growing seasons are ever alike, and 2014 proved to be no different. The overall growing season proved to be a very wet one which was a stark contrast from 2013.
Rice variety selection is one of the first and most important decisions made by a rice producer prior to planting the crop. In 2015, there will be five conventional long-grains recommended for statewide production – Catahoula, Cheniere, Cocodrie, Mermentau and Roy J.
The Louisiana Rice Research Board met on November 4 to evaluate currently funded projects and decide on funding for 2015. The board is made up of 14 rice producer members, who are appointed by the governor based on nominations submitted by statewide rice producer organizations.
I traveled to China in mid-September as a guest of the Rice Research Institute of the Heilongjiang Nongken Science Academy. Heilongjiang is the most northern province in the northeast corner of the country. The main purpose of the trip was to establish cooperative research endeavors with the Heilongjiang Academy.
While the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station near Crowley is the epicenter of rice research in Louisiana, scientists conduct many studies at locations other than the station. These off-station sites are located across the rice-growing regions of the state.
The 105th LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day was held on June 25. Dr. Randy Price and Mr. Charles Malveaux demonstrated the use of UAV systems in agriculture.
The 105th LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day was held on June 25. In spite of the threat of inclement weather, nearly 400 people turned out for the field day.
The research at the Rice Research Station, Crowley, Louisiana, is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter’s Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. The 2013 rice research program included breeding/variety development, biotechnology, variety testing, fertilization, soil and water management, cultural practices, weed control, insect control, and disease investigations.
Since its establishment over 100 years ago, the Rice Station has been vital to the Louisiana and southern U.S. rice industry.
Few rice varieties were available early on, and only after the establishment of the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station in 1909 was research conducted to evaluate and develop new varieties uniquely adapted to this region.
Louisiana rice growers set a statewide yield record of 7,300 pounds per acre (USDA estimates), and, in general, the quality of last year’s crop was good to excellent.
Quarterly publications from the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station with current activities and research updates for 2014.
Research at the Rice Research Station, Crowley, Louisiana, is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. Projects at this station are conducted under the supervision of research scientists from the Rice Research Station and also by cooperating personnel from certain departments of the Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
Rice breeders are often asked what they look for when making selections. The answer is complex. Rice varieties are composed of many genes that control every function of the individual plant.
International collaborative research is extremely important to what we do at the Rice Research Station. We have imported germplasm from Asia, Europe, Africa, Australia, and South and Central America. In turn, we have provided our improved germplasm to rice breeders from all of these regions as well.
The Rice Research Station has been developing and releasing new rice varieties since it was established in 1909. For almost as long, the station has specialized in the production of foundation seed of those varieties. Foundation seed is the seed that the research station releases to the rice industry to provide beginning seed stocks for the future of new and existing varieties.
The 104th LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Field Day was held on June 26. The field tour included five stops with speakers from Rice Station, the Baton Rouge campus, the University of Arkansas and Mississippi State University.
LSU AgCenter rice research scientists must be continually ready to respond to issues that emerge periodically in the rice industry. Each research scientist has a fairly structured research program, but that program must have the flexibility to focus efforts on new problems as they arise.
Because Puerto Rico is a tropical environment, warm-season crops such as rice can be grown all 12 months of the year. The research endeavor in Puerto Rico is critical to our efforts to continually provide new improved varieties to the Louisiana rice industry.
Over the past three years, there has been a great deal of discussion about quality aspects of the long-grain rice produced is the southern U.S. rice-growing region. U.S. long-grain rice has historically been considered the quality standard of the world.
Rice variety selection is one of the first and most important decisions made by a rice producer prior to planting the crop. Each year LSU AgCenter rice scientists meet to review the previous year’s research and make decisions on information to provide to Louisiana rice producers to assist them in deciding which varieties to use in their rice production programs.
Quarterly publications from the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station with current activities and research updates for 2013.
(Video) The LSU AgCenter’s Rice Research Station was the first rice experimental station in the U.S. Located near Crowley, the station develops improved rice varieties that increase yields for farmers in Louisiana and across the country. Research on crawfish is also conducted at the station because of the close relationship crawfish and rice share.
An important function of the Rice Research Station is the continual development of new, superior rice varieties to maintain and enhance the viability of the Louisiana rice industry. To create a new variety, one must first create new pools of genetic variation. A cross is made through a tedious and meticulous approach.
Mr. J.B. Trahan of Jennings, a longtime employee of the Federal Land Bank, recently donated a document to the Rice Research Station library. . It was a summary of a study on the economics of rice production in southwest Louisiana developed for internal use in the Farm Credit Administration.
Each year we see some level of blast disease in Louisiana rice production. The level of severity can vary from very light pressure to heavy pressure. However, blast disease in south Louisiana rice production during the 2012 growing season was exceptionally high.
Over 40 years ago very far-sighted Louisiana rice industry leaders understood the importance of research to improve rice production technology, as well as promotion of the commodity to improve marketing opportunities.
My wife, Judy, and I recently had the opportunity to visit Spain as a guest of Dr. Paul Christou, a world-renowned plant biotechnologist/molecular biologist. I had the opportunity to give an extended lecture while at the University of Lleida. I discussed rice production in Louisiana and the United States in general, as well as the research efforts at the Rice Research Station.
Research at the Rice Research Station, Crowley, Louisiana, is conducted by scientists with the LSU AgCenter's Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station. The 2011 rice research program included breeding/variety development, biotechnology, variety testing, fertilization, soil and water management, cultural practices, weed control, insect control and disease investigations.
Sheath blight disease normally is present each year, and the severity of this disease is predicated by the particular environmental conditions of the growing season.
Rice research scientists from the LSU AgCenter conduct many research projects at locations other than the Rice Research Station near Crowley. These off-station sites are located throughout the rice-growing regions of the state.
In 2009, Louisiana producers planted approximately 460,000 acres of rice, with the predominant variety being CL151, which was seeded on 26 percent of those acres.
Sustainable agriculture is based on the principle that we must meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs as it relates to food production.
The LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station has a long history of developing new rice varieties to help improve the viability of the Louisiana rice industry. In fact, the station has developed and released 44 improved varieties in its 101-year history.
More rice acreage in Louisiana will be seeded to medium-grain varieties than has been the case in a number of years.
Several growth stages help identify critical periods during the life cycle of the rice crop. They are generally separated into the vegetative and reproductive phases or stages of growth.
As of this writing (early April), most of the research areas, as well as all of the foundation seed fields, have been planted at the Rice Station. In addition, several of our off-station research locations also have been planted.
The LSU AgCenter has released two new rice varieties for production in 2012. Both of these varieties are the result of a number of years of breeding research at the Rice Research Station near Crowley.
Quarterly publications from the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station with current activities and research updates for 2012.
One of the features of southwest Louisiana that first attracted pioneers to attempt rice production in the region was the abundance of surface water available from the bayous and rivers that flow south to the Gulf of Mexico.