Tag Archives: Disease Control

Rice Disease Relief In 2014

Disease resistance breeding efforts contribute to mild year By Bruce Schultz LSU AgCenter Disease in rice was not as big of a problem in 2014 for most growers as in previous years, according to LSU AgCenter plant pathologist Don Groth. “With as much rain as we had, sheath blight wasn’t as bad as it could have been,” he said. The ... Read More »

Strange Is The New Normal

Dr. Jarrod T. Hardke Arkansas Rice Extension Agronomist University of Arkansas, Cooperative Extension Service jradke@uaex.edu Strange is the New Normal Arkansas rice farming in 2014 was a lot like a line heard often about playing cards: it wasn’t necessarily a matter of holding good cards, but sometimes, playing a poor hand well. Luck also played a large role. 2014 was ... 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 »

Scout early and often and plan ahead

Missouri Rice Disease Control By Sam Atwell University of Missouri Extension Rice blast is one of the earliest known foliar diseases. The blast fungus survives in various ways but often is seedborne. To reduce seedborne blast, research suggests seed treated with Dynasty fungicide (azoxystrobin) at a rate above 0.75 fluid ounces per hundredweight. However, note that this seed treatment will ... 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 »

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 »

Start Strong To Finish Strong

ROBB DEDMANPRO AG CONSULTING, INC. RISON, ARK. In 1990, I worked as a rice scout for Dr. Nathan Slaton, who, at the time, was a county agent with the Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service. After graduating from college, I went to work in retail, but I always wanted to be a consultant. In 2002, I had the opportunity to become a ... Read More »

Thinking outside the box

BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR The origin of the phrase “thinking outside the box” is typically attributed to the Nine Dots Puzzle, pictured below. Three rows of three dots are inside a box. The challenge is to connect the dots with four straight lines without picking up your pencil. As it turns out, the solution to the puzzle involves going outside ... Read More »

Unleash Pivot Power

Missouri farmer finds a new way to bring rice into the rotation BY CARROLL SMITH EDITOR Dennis Robison, who farms in the Missouri Bootheel, is typically in a 50/50 rotation between rice and soybeans on 2,600 acres. For the most part, this rotation works well for him with the exception of a 45-acre field that has sandy, loamy soil in ... 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 »