Tag Archives: Disease Control

Got disease? UCCE will be checking as part of burn plan reapproval

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University of California Cooperative Extension is surveying for rice diseases this fall. The objective is to document the incidence of diseases in Sacramento Valley rice fields to justify to the California Air Resources Board the industry needs to continue burning 25% of its acreage annually. Every five years, the air board has to reapprove the straw burning program. One reason ... Read More »

Weather deals blow to Louisiana rice harvest

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• By Bruce Schultz • Farmers probably would like to forget the 2019 rice crop, which has been plagued by low yields. Bad weather from the start of the growing season through harvest is being blamed. “Growing conditions have been less than ideal,” said Louisiana State University AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell. “We didn’t have good conditions at any one ... Read More »

Blast is on the increase this season in California

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• By Luis Espino • Although blast isn’t at epidemic levels in California rice fields this season, the fungal disease nonetheless is at higher levels than during the past several years. The last time we saw a severe blast epidemic was 2011. Since then, we haven’t had much blast; in fact, I had not seen any blast at all during ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter field day features row rice research

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• By Bruce Schultz • An LSU AgCenter research project at the Mer Rouge farm of Jason Waller was the setting for the northeast Louisiana row rice field day on July 18. The practice of row rice is gaining new converts because of its potential water savings and flexibility. The project being conducted by AgCenter agent Keith Collins includes conventional ... Read More »

Row rice system gains interest in Louisiana

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• By Karol Osborne • More than 50 agricultural producers and industry representatives interested in furrow-irrigated rice, also called row rice or upland rice, attended the LSU AgCenter Northeast Research Station row rice and soybean field tour on July 9 in St. Joseph. “We are set up for cotton, corn and beans, and if there is an opportunity to diversify ... Read More »

Batten down the hatches! Barry could pose triple threat to Arkansas

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Arkansas’ rice crop, delayed by a wet spring and bludgeoned by high heat, is now facing a triple threat from Tropical Storm Barry, whose remnants are expected to drop heavy rain on the eastern side of the state on Sunday. A forecast map issued by the National Hurricane Center on Thursday, July 11, showed potential rainfall totals ranging from 4 ... Read More »

Match fungal disease to best fungicide application timing

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• By Yeshi Wamishe and Jarrod Hardke • Drs. By Yeshi Wamishe, Extension rice pathologist, and Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist, provide the optimum fungicide timing window for various fungal diseases below. You also can download this information and more by clicking Blast: For neck and panicle blast, two applications may be required for maximum suppression with the first at ... Read More »

Scout, then treat for sheath blight in rice

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• By Yeshi Wamishe • Automatic fungicide applications for sheath blight in rice are highly discouraged due to the potential development of fungicide resistance and non-profitability. Although sheath blight can be reduced with best cultural practices, it is one of the most prevalent diseases for which fungicides are typically applied. Prolonged periods of high humidity and temperatures favor sheath blight ... 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 »