For Forest, La., farmer Jim Lingo, rice production is about finding ways to do it better, whether it’s implementing on-farm trials to determine maximum economic profits or a willingness to learn from others, whether it’s LSU’s Extension Service or other members of the farming operation.

Lingo, his father Lindy, brother Lindy Carl, Jr., and uncle, Michael Lingo, farm around 5,500 acres, including 2,000 acres of rice, 320 acres of corn, and 3,180 acres of soybeans. “We have separate farms,” Lingo said, “but when the time comes, we all harvest together and plant together. We’re fortunate to have a real tight family. We are a big, happy family operation.”

No one in the farm family has a specific duty, according to Lingo. “We all pitch in. Nobody has a job that’s theirs. Whatever needs to be done, gets done.”

The Lingos farm in East Carroll and West Carroll parishes, but have roots in Lonoke, Ark., where Jim’s grandfather, James Lingo, farmed in the 1950s. “He always said he followed the new ground south. He bought the main core of this farm in 1963,” Lingo said.

James passed away in June two years ago, but stayed a farmer until the end. “That  spring, he was still pulling levees,” Lingo said. “He was the glue that held us together for a long time. If you had a question or problem he had probably seen it before. Now my father, Lindy, has moved into that role.”

The Lingos rotate rice, all Clearfield hybrids, and soybeans one year in, one year out. This meets the rotation requirements for preserving the Clearfield technology, but Lingo says that rotation is something they would do anyway. “We’ve always been one year in and one year out because there hasn’t been any control for red rice besides water seeding. We do have some red rice, but since we’ve gone with Clearfield, it’s not been an issue.”

His grandfather James, also insisted on stewardship of the land. “Grandpa would leave rice ground fallow to help keep it clean. Then they started planting a few soybeans in the fallow year.”

Today, soybeans typically yield in the 50-bushel to 60-bushel range, and provide the Lingos another mode of action for red rice. Most of the farm consists of heavy clay soils.