January 6 Drs. Dave Gealy and Anna McClung provided seed of several rice cultivars to Dr. Fatimata Patil of Thiel College, Greenville, PA to conduct a seed germination/dormancy study with college undergraduates.
January 7 Dr. Anna McClung consulted with organic grower, Jim Lyons, Bluemoon Acres (Pennsylvania) regarding the best ways to maximize rice milling quality for rice grown in the Northeastern USA.
January 15 At the request of Glenn Roberts (Anson Mills, South Carolina), Dr. Anna McClung provided seed rice that will be used in a public school garden in Martha’s Vineyard, Mass. This is in support of extending an appreciation of rice production to public schools.
January 23 Dr. Anna McClung had a teleconference call with Michael McLaughlin and Doug Heitkemper of FDA to discuss opportunities to collaborate on grain arsenic assessment of different US rice varieties.
January 24 Arkansas growers Gary and Jonathan Perkins met with Dr. Anna McClung to discuss research results that she presented at the Dec. 2013 Rice Outlook Conference in St. Louis regarding minimizing grain arsenic levels in rice through choice of cultivar and irrigation management.
January 24 Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills discussed with Ming-Hsuan Chen on health benefits, potential markets and production of green (immature) rice.
January 27-29 Dr. David Gealy attended the Southern Weed Science Society annual meeting in Birmingham, Alabama and presented research on cropping system and crop protection approaches that can achieve high rice production levels while using reduced levels of irrigation water and herbicides.
January 27-31 In 2003 and in 2013, the DBNRRC partnered with Dr. Craig Wilson to host the Future Scientists training program at the Center. This program is a two day workshop to mentor K-12 teachers in agricultural science projects that can be translated to the classroom and help meet core teaching standards for the schools. This month Dr. Wilson followed up with several Arkansas schools and gave lectures on agricultural science. This included 40 high school students at Oark and 150 students in Cabot; 175 5th graders in Hot Springs, and 300 1st graders in Beebe. The DBNRRC looks forward to hosting another workshop during this coming summer.
January 28 Many of the DBNRRC staff attended the Annual Rice Breeders’ Meeting at Stuttgart, AR. Results of the grain quality assessment and genetic marker analysis of the 2013 Uniform Regional Rice Nursery conducted by ARS were presented. Dr. Ming-Hsuan Chen presented a summary of the method using the WinSeedle image analysis system to quantify grain chalk. Dr. Yulin Jia spoke about advances in rice blast disease research.
January 28 Dr. David Funk and three other staff members from the Federal Grain Inspection Service in Kansas City, MO met with Drs. McClung, Chen, and Bryant to discuss use of image analysis methods to determine head rice yields, grain dimension characteristics and grain chalk.
January 29 Drs. Ida Wenefrida and Herry Utomo from LSU, Baton Rouge, LA, visited with Dr. Rolfe Bryant on use of an automatic analyzer for grain amylose determination.