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Industry News

Mike Stout

Rice entomologist named head of LSU entomology department Dr. Mike Stout, who for 19 years has served as a rice entomologist, was recently named head of the Louisiana State University Department of Entomology. He replaces Jim Ottea, who served as interim head. Read More »

Specialists Speaking

rice disease

TEXAS Dr. M.O. “Mo” Way Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu It was an ugly year Rice was planted on about 165,000 acres in 2016 compared to about 130,000 in 2015, according to the Texas Rice Crop Survey. This increase was due to release of water to farmers along the Colorado and Brazos Rivers following a wet winter, which helped fill upstream ... Read More »

Weed Spectrum And Timeliness Are Key

Growing up on a rice farm that my dad, John, and uncle, Reggie, operated in Acadia Parish, La., influenced my decision to pursue agriculture as a career. After graduating from McNeese, I started treating seed for G&H Seed Co. in Crowley. Four years ago, I had the opportunity to move out of the warehouse and into the field as a ... Read More »

A recipe for success

Vicky Boyd

If you’re not involved in routine grocery shopping and preparing the evening meal most nights, you may not realize the role that recipes and recipe development plays in promoting a commodity. And it doesn’t matter the crop, either. Read More »

Customize Herbicide Programs In 2016

Winston Earnheart, Ph.D. Earnheart Agricultural Consultant Service Tunica, Miss. I grew up in the small Mississippi Delta town of Tunica — 35 miles south of Memphis, Tenn., and 6 miles east of the Mississippi River. My father and four of his brothers farmed mostly cotton, soybeans and wheat in Tunica County. I got into cotton pest management at the early ... Read More »

Bye, Bye Birdies

The EPA recently registered a non-lethal bird-repellent seed treatment for rice. The news traveled swiftly among producers, who have seen firsthand the damage birds can cause to newly seeded rice fields. Read More »

Specialist Speaking

Aim for efficiency Dr. Jarrod Hardke Arkansas Rice Research Entomologist, University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service jhardke@uaex.edu Repeat after me — when I look to cut costs this year, I will not cut my fertility program. Again, I will not … you get the idea. The first nutrient the plant starts to run out of is the one that is ... Read More »

Manage Inputs For Top Yields At Harvest

Jim Quackenbush Pest Control Adviser, Wilbur-Ellis Co. Chico, Calif. When it was time for me to choose a career path, I didn’t have much in mind. In the mid 1970s, I attended a career day at Butte College where a pest control adviser was the guest speaker. From then on, I was hooked! After graduating from Chico State University, I ... Read More »