Tag Archives: Insect Control

MSU revises Insect Control Guide

2019 MSU insect guide

Sure to be a best-seller, Mississippi State University’s “2019 Insect Control Guide for Agronomic Crops” is available for free download from https://bit.ly/2tahYVv. The 129-page manual contains insect-related information on the gamut of Delta crops, ranging from rice to soybeans and cotton. In addition to the latest label information, the guide also includes insecticide performance ratings that compare registered products’ efficacy on ... Read More »

Southwest Louisiana meetings provide production advice to farmers

2019 Crowley LSU AgCenter winter rice meeting

• By Bruce Schultz • In a series of meetings in southwest Louisiana, Louisiana State University AgCenter experts offered farmers advice for growing their 2019 crop. Farmers met recently in Welsh, Abbeville, Ville Platte and Crowley only a few weeks from the start of planting season. AgCenter rice breeder Adam Famoso says a new line of Provisia rice, PVL108, in development ... Read More »

Louisiana Ag Consultants plan chock-full ag technology conference

louisiana ag consultants associatoin

The Louisiana Agricultural Consultants Association has filled its Agricultural Technology and Management Conference, Feb. 11-13, to the brim with a broad array of general session topics and break-out sessions for consultants, applicators and growers. General session topics range from bollworm resistance to emerging technologies and the “Roundup verdict.” Break-out sessions are planned for multi-crops, cotton, rice and sugar cane. Download ... Read More »

Growers achieve near-record yields despite challenges

Arkansas rice harvest near Hazen

Record grain yields were last achieved in Louisiana during the 2014 growing season when we were blessed with very favorable weather conditions. Until 2018, each crop since 2014 had been successively lower yielding than the year before. Louisiana saw constant rainfall and cloudy conditions nearly the entire rice growth period in 2015. In 2016, record flooding occurred when more than ... Read More »

Rice planthopper resurfaces in Texas after three-year hiatus

planthopper nymphs

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Rice delphacid, a planthopper native to Central and South America, has been found in several South Texas counties after a three-year absence. “It’s a very, very similar infestation as three years ago,” says Dr. Mo Way, a Texas A&M entomology professor who has visited the field. The first report came from Galveston County in a ... Read More »

Texas rice growers see near-record yields, good grain quality

Texas rice

Texas rice farmers are seeing near-record yields of good quality grain, and many are considering a second harvest, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research experts. Dr. Lee Tarpley, AgriLife Research crop physiologist, Beaumont, says despite a few problems for some growers, a near-record yield is expected for producers who planted their fields early in spring. Producers in the state’s rice-growing ... Read More »

Mississippi rice production expected to be up from 2017, thanks to more acres

Read Kelly, MSU entomology student

Mississippi growers will produce about 20 percent more rice this year, thanks in part to additional acres planted over 2017’s total. Larry Falconer, agricultural economist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, says early forecasts predict national yields near last year’s 7,400 pounds per acre. “National acreage is up about 20 percent. In Mississippi, the increase is slightly more at ... Read More »

As row-rice acres grow, so too may billbug woes

rice levee billbugs

Billbugs, once an occasional pest of rice that cannot survive in standing water, are increasing pressure as row-rice acreage grows. Billbugs are weevils whose larvae bore into the side of rice tillers, or stems, and deprive developing grain heads of nutrients. This leads to “blank heads,” or heads that never develop kernels. Billbugs cannot survive aquatic conditions, making row rice, ... Read More »

Arkansas rice field day highlights research, hot production issues

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • More than 250 rice producers, consultants and allied ag industry representatives packed tour trailers during the  University of Arkansas’ recent rice field day at the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart. Departing from the Rice Expo format, which included brief research center tours as well as activities for urban residents, this year’s rice field ... Read More »

Belchim USA to distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide

rice stink bug

Wilmington, Delaware-based Belchim Crop Protection USA will distribute Tenchu 20SG insecticide to control rice stink bugs. The product — registered by the Environmental Protection Agency in 2013 — contains the active ingredient dinotefuran, a neonicotinoid. With more emphasis on quality, many growers are paying closer attention to controlling rice stink bugs, since they can cause pecky rice. If the defect ... Read More »