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The U.S. rice market has improved because of decreased production that boosted prices, economists say.
LSU AgCenter entomologists are working to defend rice crops from insects both before and after harvest.
An ongoing research project has the potential to dramatically accelerate the breeding program at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station.
See the recent progress.
The Louisiana Rice Research Board provided an additional $500,000 earmarked for a research chair.
The LSU AgCenter Rice Verification Program helps farmers learn the finer points of growing rice.
Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter weed scientist, said he tested treating granular fertilizer with Loyant herbicide.
Farmers should have a new fungicide in 2020 or 2021.
LSU graduate student Anna Coker has been working with drones to analyze plots of various rice varieties to determine midseason nitrogen needs.
Research into hybrid rice at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station is progressing, with two hybrids, LAH169 and CLH161, showing promise.
Discovery of a rice gene linked to resistance to Cercospora disease has helped in the development of new rice varieties.
A bait to kill wild pigs is progressing, said Glen Gentry, LSU AgCenter feral swine specialist.
Two LSU AgCenter extension agents experimented with applying fertilizer in poly pipe while irrigating row rice in 2019.
A unique rice variety developed by AgCenter researchers Herry Utomo and Ida Wenefrida was grown in 2019: Frontiere.
See the locations for trials in Louisiana.
Breakdown of numbers for 2019 crop.
Luciano Shiratsuchi is working on a project that will help farmers use satellite imagery to better their crops.
Storms, excessive heat and humidity and high levels of disease all resulted in low yields, low milling and quality problems for this year's crops.
Rice farmers have endured many hurdles. For most, the 2019 crop was one of the most difficult. However, we continue to improve.
A new Provisia line has been approved as variety PVL02.
Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed eight new members to the 15-member board.
Breeders at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station work continuously to develop new varieties and hybrids.
Continuing and new projects.
Anne Idsal, regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visited the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in March 2018.
The agronomy project under Dustin Harrell is an all-encompassing series of studies aimed at improving production efficiency and increasing yields.
For the first time a researcher tested a field-scale rice seed treatment of jasmonic acid for its potential to impart resistance against insect pests.
LSU AgCenter researcher Manoch Kongchum is studying nitrogen-use efficiency and yield for rice grown under three different irrigation protocols.
Ongoing improvements at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station are aimed at modernizing the facility and maintaining its global prominence.
For her doctoral dissertation, Lina Bernaola has been studying whether arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi (AMF) can help rice plants with improved rice growth.
A high-protein rice variety developed by LSU AgCenter rice researcher Ida Wenefrida is being grown for commercial production in southern Illinois.
LSU AgCenter researchers are developing best management practices for growing row rice in north Louisiana.
Insect research under Blake Wilson, an LSU AgCenter entomologist, continued in 2018 with several ongoing projects.
In 2018, farmers grew Provisia rice commercially for the first time, and the reaction to the technology’s weed-control capability was positive.
The winter nursery in Puerto Rico continues to help save time in the development of new rice options for farmers, researchers say.
Amistar Top, a new fungicide, made its debut in 2018 with mixed reviews.
Genetic marker technology is leading to a more efficient process for developing new varieties.
After two challenging years, most Louisiana rice farmers had a good crop in 2018.
Increased rice acreage and yields in 2018 have suppressed prices, according to an LSU AgCenter economist who says that trend is expected to continue.
Gov. John Bel Edwards appointed eight new members to the 15-member Louisiana Rice Research Board.
2016 Louisiana Rice Research Board-funded projects
2017 Louisiana Rice Research Board Annual Report
The H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station has acquired new technology to help rice breeders identify lines of rice with desirable traits.
Much of AgCenter weed scientist Eric Webster’s work in 2016 involved studies of the quizalofop herbicide to be used with Provisia rice technology.
Work by the LSU AgCenter to develop superior hybrid rice continued in 2016 with promising results.
The availability of Provisia rice is getting closer for farmers.
The range of the Mexican rice borer continues to move eastward in the rice-growing region of southwest Louisiana.
A new fungicide will be available for treating sheath blight and blast.
International collaboration with rice researchers has benefitted the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station as well as rice farmers.
Niranjan Baisakh, an LSU AgCenter plant molecular biologist and geneticist, is working on a project to develop rice that uses less water.
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Mike Deliberto worked in 2016 as the interim LSU AgCenter economist for rice.
Testing continues on a potential product to protect matured rice from bird predation.
LSU AgCenter agronomist Dustin Harrell has been studying nitrogen and seeding rates for potential Clearfield and Provisia varieties.
Louisiana rice farmers faced a number of challenges in 2016, but the two biggest were high water and low prices.
The Rice Research Board has provided monies for an AgCenter COmmunications project to develop a research reprot highlighting board funded projects.
The LSU AgCenter rice breeding program relies heavily on the Puerto Rico nursery to grow new lines of rice that could become varieties.
Manoch Kongchum uses a gas chromatograph to detect both quantitatively and qualitatively the aroma found in Jasmine-type rice.
2014 Rice Economic Impact
Don Groth assists the breeding program by screening potential varieties for disease resistance and susceptibility.
Herry Utomo has been working with genetic markers to identify desirable traits in the development of new rice varieties.
Two potential varieties are being considered for release this year by the LSU AgCenter.
Adam Famoso started working at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station in May as a breeder.
The hybrid breeding program is in the process of fine-tuning experimental lines that have shown promise.
Prasanta Subudhi, LSU AgCenter plant geneticist, has been working to develop salt-tolerant rice for Louisiana growers.
Cooperation with other rice researchers benefits ongoing work at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station and ultimately helps farmers.
Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter weed scientist, tested nine experimental herbicides in 2015.
Farmers in the rice-growing areas of Louisiana provide land for scientists to test new rice breeding lines and agronomic practices in real world scenarios.
Fertilizer should be applied on dry ground to minimize nitrogen losses, but this year the ground often was too wet to follow that recommendation.
A study conducted in 2015 could lead to the release of a product that would address the problem of blackbirds feeding on maturing rice.
Aaron Smith, an LSU molecular biologist, is working to find out which genes determine how a rice plant absorbs arsenic from the soil.
Louisiana’s rice research facility has been renamed.
In his first year as the LSU AgCenter rice specialist, Dustin Harrell dealt with the same weather-related problems encountered by farmers in north and south LA.
The Louisiana Rice Research Board decides how farmers’ check-off funds will be spent on research aimed at helping rice farmers.
Louisiana rice farmers had excellent weather to get the 2015 crop out of the fields.