Specialists Speaking

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 »

From dry planting to water-seeding.

Dr. John Saichuk Louisiana jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Last year I wrote an article on water management on March 29. Following is most of the first paragraph of that article. I had no idea at the time of how much of it would be accurate and how different it would be this year. “While I have not had any calls about salt water ... Read More »

Specialists Speaking

Multiple strategies for weed control Dr. John Saichuk Louisiana jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Most of the time when the subject of weed control in rice – or any crop for that matter – comes up, the first thoughts are of herbicides; what to use, rate, how much will it cost and so on. At a field demonstration recently, Dr. Eric Webster told producers ... Read More »

Specialists Speaking

Make wise variety decisions DR. NATHAN BUEHRING MISSISSIPPI nathanb@ext.msstate.edu With continued rising production costs and market volatility at an alltime high, rice producers have to be as productive as possible, and there is no room to come up short in terms of production. In this article, I would like to highlight some of the new cultivars that are available in ... Read More »