News of Agribusiness: C Spire helping introduce smart ag solutions

C Spire is uniquely positioned to help smart farming prosper in rural Mississippi, especially in the environmentally sensitive Delta region. C Spire is teaming up with farmers and smart equipment manufacturers to test new automated irrigation techniques that promise to boost crop yields and conserve declining ground water levels in the Mississippi Delta. Aided by mobile… Read more

MSU Extension 2018 Row Rice Trials Update

Here are some updated photos of the Row Rice trials as they begin to head out. This year we have nine locations in Bolivar, Leflore, Coahoma, and Tunica counties. Many thanks to the producers that have provided the locations this year. To illustrate the versatility of row rice, here are some photos of a 7/10ths grade… Read more

Row rice acreage more than doubles in 2018, experts report

STUTTGART – In parts of Arkansas, the signature sweeping curves of rice field levees are being replaced by straight rows, a change that can provide significant cost savings for growers. Most of the rice in Arkansas is grown in controlled floods. The curved levees follow the field contours enabling growers to maintain water levels and… Read more

Declining Delta aquifer: Getting ahead of the problem

“We’re keeping a high priority on efficient water use, with a goal of basing decisions on sound science  . . .  Plentiful water, just a few feet down, has been taken for granted for many years in the Delta. But the fact is that we have been seeing a downward, unsustainable trend in the aquifer… Read more

3 Articles on Our Conservation Efforts in the Field: Ducks Unlimited, Greenhead Magazine, USA Rice

FROM OUR PARTNERS AT USA RICE . . .   DUCKS UNLIMITED Conservation: Rice Stewardship Working together to conserve rice lands, water, and wildlife By Josh Hankins and Scott Manley, Ph.D. Rice is a vital crop both for people and for waterfowl. In fact, rice is the most important grain in regard to human nutrition,… Read more

Changing hearts and minds for better water management

“We thought we were doing as well as we possibly could do with our water management, but research has shown us we can do better.” Showing producers firsthand that research aimed at using less water from the Delta alluvial aquifer is sound — and can save money and reduce pollution — has “helped change hearts and… Read more

PODCAST: The State of Rice

Arkansas leads the nation in rice production and it is a staple food product in many foreign countries. The ability to export rice to other markets is vital to sustaining the domestic rice industry. In the conversation Michael Klein of the USA Rice Federation updates the situation concerning rice trade with China and why protecting… Read more

Soil moisture sensors: Winter’s a good time to get to know them

Winter is a good time for producers to become better familiarized with the installation and use of soil Moisture sensors.    Over the last several years, Mississippi Delta farmers have invested a considerable amount of capital, time, and energy in the purchase, installation, and use of soil moisture sensors — which have primarily been used… Read more

Water resources and modeling in the Mississippi Delta

Aiming to keep Mississippi Delta growers informed about the latest findings by the Delta Sustainable Water Resources Task, a meeting was held in Clarksdale, Miss., on Sept. 26. The task force, according to Mississippi Farm Bureau, “was formed to develop and implement actions to sustain water resources for agriculture, fisheries, and wildlife in the Delta.”… Read more

Road to Solving Water Issues Begins with MIRI

Farmers attending the 20th Annual National Conservation Systems Cotton & Rice Conference here recently learned about the decline in ground water and its effects on crop irrigation now and in the future. Dr. Chris Henry, Associate Professor and Water management Engineer for the University of Arkansas, addressed the group and provided information for saving water… Read more