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EPA grants Section 18 to control armyworms in California rice

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The Environmental Protection Agency has approved a Section 18 emergency exemption for Intrepid 2F Insecticide for use in Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Merced, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties, California. You need to make certain Intrepid 2F Insecticide is on your rice pesticide (restricted materials) permit at the county agricultural commissioner’s office. The various pesticide database companies will receive ... Read More »

2 rice producers among Arkansas Farm Family of the Year district winners

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The eight district winners in the 72nd annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program have been selected, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner, which will be  announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel in North ... Read More »

BASF, Nutrien team on scouting app

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BASF and Nutrien Ag Solutions are collaborating on a scouting application that enables growers and agronomists to instantly identify weeds and diseases within their fields. The Xarvio Scouting app is offered within the Nutrien Ag Solutions Customer Portal, according to a news release. “Through our joint efforts, BASF and Nutrien Ag Solutions can help change the industry by providing growers ... Read More »

Moisture fuels a blast epidemic: Plan to scout for leaf blast

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• By Yeshi Wamishe • There is already dew in the mornings and rain is in the forecast. Even with planting being later this year, it may still be time to start scouting for leaf blast in susceptible rice, particularly in the event of frequent rains, overcast days and slow wind. Remember leaf blast can start at any stage of ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter economist sees favorable rice price outlook

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• By Bruce Schultz • A Louisiana State University AgCenter economist had good news for rice farmers at the Vermilion Parish rice field day, June 11. “Optimism is high that with recaptured market share in core markets, the outlook for rice is positive from a price standpoint,” says Michael Deliberto. He told farmers American rice has become more competitive, which ... Read More »

Scout for rice growth stage when you scout for rice diseases

• By Yeshi Wamishe • Preventative measures including land preparation, variety selection, seed treatment, timing for planting, nutrient and water management are key to suppressing most rice diseases. Implementing best cultural practices typically results in a healthy, flourishing crop. Under ideal growing conditions, the correct timing for management actions may be missed. Scouting for growth stages at the same time ... Read More »

USDA plans to relocate NIFA, ERS to Kansas City

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service and National Institute of Food and Agriculture will relocate to the Kansas City region from the Washington, D.C., area. The other areas that had been considered were North Carolina and Indiana. “Following a rigorous site selection process, the Kansas City region provides a win win – maximizing our mission function by putting taxpayer ... Read More »

Start scouting for hydrogen sulfide toxicity in rice

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• By Yeshi Wamishe • If have fields with a history of hydrogen sulfide toxicity which led to a condition called autumn decline as in Figure 1 and 2, you need to begin scouting two weeks after establishing permanent flood. Healthy roots appear clean or even reddish, but not black. Black roots can indicate a potential problem. Although root blackening ... Read More »

Wet spring weather delays Mississippi rice planting

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The third week of March is usually the beginning of rice planting season in Mississippi, but fields were not dry enough to hold tractors until May in most locations. Many growers were still scrambling to get rice in the ground by early June due to unusually high rain amounts in the first quarter of 2019. While more than 90 percent ... Read More »

Influx of insect pests complicates Mid-South growing season

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As if Mid-South producers don’t have enough on their minds with rutted fields, flooding and late planting, now an influx of insect pests has made their lives even more difficult. And it’s not limited to just one crop, either. Cotton “This has been one of the lightest thrips we’ve experienced in a long time,” says Gus Lorenz, extension entomologist for ... Read More »