Specialists Speaking

Fertility Management

Fertilizer — not too much, not too little DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu This month’s topic is fertility management. As you know, I’m a bug fella, so I’m no expert on fertility management, although I do know N, P and K are increasingly expensive. Since the majority of Texas rice farmers produce both a main and ... Read More »

Select proper varieties and plant early

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu I can’t believe we are approaching another field season. I’m still working on reports from 2013 research! Anyway, the topic for this month is varietal selection, and I will try to address some important issues relating to this topic. In 2013, the most popular variety in Texas was Presidio, which generally ... Read More »

Ratoon acreage continues to increase

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu This year about 130,000 acres of rice were planted in Texas – similar to the 2012 planting. For both years, most rice farmers along the Colorado River in Colorado, Wharton and Matagorda Counties were not able to tap this important source of irrigation water due to a continuing drought. However, rainfall ... Read More »

Rice fertility research

DR. JOHN SAICHUK LOUISIANA jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Fertility research is one of the oldest areas of agricultural research, which might insinuate there is little left to investigate. If that were true, we would not get so many questions from growers each year about rice fertility; these questions drive research Dr. Dustin Harrell has primary responsibility for rice fertility research in Louisiana. Several ... Read More »

Controlling Blast

DR. JOHN SAICHUK LOUISIANA jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Last year, when I was writing about disease management for the 2012 rice-growing season, I concentrated on what I thought was going to be the major issue of the year – resistant sheath blight. At the time, I was concerned about the possible section 18 label for Sercadis fungicide, which had not, at that writing, ... Read More »

Water-use efficiency options

DR. JARROD T. HARDKE ARKANSAS Rice Extension Agronomist University of Arkansas, Division of Agriculture jhardke@uaex.edu “Do I have an adequate water supply to irrigate the rice acreage I intend to grow?” This should be one of the first questions a rice grower asks before the season begins. For optimum rice production, we need sufficient water availability to be able to ... Read More »

Aquatic insects in rice

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu In rice fields, many insects are aquatic and obtain oxygen by absorbing this dissolved gas directly from the water through their integument, by surfacing and taking a bubble of air with them underwater or by trapping air among fine hairs on the undersides of their abdomens. Speaking of aquatic insects, I ... Read More »

What are we going to plant in 2013?

DR. JOHN SAICHUK LOUISIANA jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu One of the most frequently asked questions this fall has been, “What are we going to plant next year?” It is also one of the most uncommon questions I have been asked over the years in this position. Most of the time, the variety selection process in rice is fairly simple because, unlike soybeans, there ... Read More »

Smallflower Umbrella Sedge on zero-grade

SAM ATWELL MISSOURI Agronomy Specialist atwells@missouri.edu At our annual Missouri Rice Producers Conference in February, we had topics on resistant weeds, rice weed control recommendations for flood, furrow and pivot rice. Fertilizer recommendations, soil testing and the economic application of nitrogen and other fertilizers to rice were presented. Variety selection, special rice, insects, diseases, marketing, water issues, the aquifer and ... Read More »

NBLS gains importance in Texas

DR. M.O. “MO” WAY TEXAS Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu Remember the “disease triangle” when thinking about rice disease management. The three points of the triangle are the disease-causing pathogen, the host and the environment. All three interact to determine the incidence and severity of the disease. My first plant pathology course at UC Davis was held in a huge lecture ... Read More »