Rice herbicide gets federal registration I hope this year will be a more prosperous one for farming and related sectors. As one whose primary reward is the satisfaction I receive from having helped farmers, it sure is a lot more fun when those farmers have reason to be optimistic. One thing about it, with major changes taking place in government, we can always hope these changes make things better.

We just received word that Command received a federal registration for use in rice. This means we do not have to do another Section 18 this year.

I am amazed this has happened when I think of all the "good" reasons I had five years ago that we were crazy for ever looking at it in rice

I sure am glad I was wrong. The research conducted and the subsequent Section 18s have provided a cost savings of $20 per acre to growers. It could not have come at a better time.

This has been the most rewarding thing I have been a part of, since our reduced rate program in soybeans.

We have put the finishing touches on our Section 18 for the use of Newpath or Clearfield rice. Hopefully this will be approved and will allow growers to have a first look in the field at technology that will control red rice in drill-seeded rice. If this technology looks as good in the field as it has in our research program, it could be very big.

Hopefully, the bumps in the road will also smooth out for the Liberty Link technology.

There are also some rumblings that while Roundup Ready rice for the drill-seeded market has had one foot in the grave, it hasn't been pushed in and no dirt has been thrown on it yet. It would be a welcome sight back in our program this year.

If one or more of these turn out to be successful at the grower level, they could represent a weed control breakthrough in rice that would rank up there with the introduction of propanil in the 1960s. However, there is a huge gap to close between potential and reality.

We have also submitted a Section 18 for Ricestar.

Several other states are apparently submitting for Regiment. At present, we are going to hold up on it. Its primary fit would be on large barnyardgrass for us. With Command and Facet registered, and if Ricestar is approved, we shouldn't get in a big grass emergency. However if it happens, we can address it at a later date.

With this, it should be obvious there is a lot of new technology to talk about in our county grower meetings. I know Nathan Slaton, Rick Cartwright, Phil Tacker and others have a lot of new and equally exciting things to talk about as well. I encourage you to attend the meetings in your county or a neighboring county. Technology is changing rapidly. Don't be left behind.