Tag Archives: Disease Control

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 »

Sustainable Agriculture

U.S. rice industry committed to taking proactive stance By Carroll Smith Editor Almost three years ago, buyers in the rice industry were getting requests from end users about sustainability and U.S. rice farming sustainability practices. Today, sustainable agriculture has become a buzzword, especially with consumers. To define what sustainability means for U.S. rice production and ensure a long-term and viable ... 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 »

Texas Ratoon Crop: 5 Tips For Success

Attention to detail bumps up second crop potential Several factors are critical to successful ratoon crop production. The earlier the ratoon crop matures, the higher its potential yield. Therefore, rapid stimulation of regrowth is an important factor. Apply the planned preflood nitrogen rate immediately after harvesting the main crop and flood it into the soil to stimulate regrowth. Keep soils ... Read More »

A little lagniappe

By Carroll Smith Editor Lagniappe (lan-yap) is a Louisiana French term that means “something extra” and often unexpected – in a good way. While assembling this issue of Rice Farming, I realized that I had been the recipient of lagniappe this month and wanted to share it with our readers. The first instance appears in the cover story on pages ... Read More »