Tag Archives: Insect Control

After Louisiana’s warm winter, watch out for more insect pests

planthopper nymphs

• By Blake Wilson and Sebe Brown • Populations of pest insects are often influenced by factors at play well before crops are planted. Winter mortality is a key regulator of spring insect populations, particularly for pests introduced from tropical regions. The 2018-2019 winter was mild, especially in the southern half of the state, where temperatures didn’t dip below a ... Read More »

MSU study: Rice water weevil densities vary within a row-rice field

MSU grad student Read Kelly

• By Jeff Gore and Dan Roach • Read Kelly, a graduate student under the direction of Jeff Gore, has been investigating the relationship and densities of rice water weevils in furrow-irrigated or row rice. During 2017 and 2018, Kelly conducted rice water weevil studies on 11 on-farm sites across the Mississippi Delta. Each location had a furrow-irrigated field compared ... Read More »

Delay nitrogen, delay yield

aerial fertilizer applicatioin

The hot, dry conditions of 2018 were the poster child for difficulty establishing a timely flood to incorporate nitrogen (N) fertilizer. To achieve consistently high yields, timely application and incorporation of preflood N is the most critical input in rice. Luck always helps, of course. The DD50 Rice Management Program (http://DD50.uaex.edu) is critical for timing preflood N. Originally developed to ... Read More »

5 seed tips to maximize stand establishment

rice seed in hand

• By Jarrod Hardke • Soil temperatures remain cool, but it’s time to start putting some rice in the ground if fields are ready. Remember that seed treatments can start to run out of gas while the seed sits in the ground. 1. CruiserMaxx Rice and NipsIt INSIDE will provide about 28-35 days of dependable insect protection. After that, we ... Read More »

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 »