Tag Archives: Insect Control

Choose Herbicides & Apply Correctly

Eric Benzel – Pest Control Adviser, Big Valley Ag Services, Gridley, CA While attending California State University-Chico, I worked for the University of California Cooperative Extension office in Butte County conducting rice research. After graduation, I obtained my license and became a rice PCA. Last year, right out of the gate, we had cooperative spring weather. It was dry, so ... Read More »

Industry News

California IPM Information The third edition of Integrated Pest Management for Rice is now available. The publication’s informative color photographs of pests and their damage, line drawings, tables and figures are valuable aids in the diagnosis and treatment of common rice pests. New in this edition, readers will find information on: Exotic pests in rice; detecting, confirming and managing herbicide ... 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 »

Ducks Unlimited Receives Conservation Achievement Award

Ducks Unlimited (DU) Inc. is the recipient of the USA Rice Federation’s Distinguished Conservation Achievement Award, which recognizes the organization’s leadership in and contributions to U.S. wetlands and waterfowl conservation. The award honors those whose exemplary leadership and other major contributions to conservation benefit natural resources and wildlife significantly, with those values and benefits being extended to the local, state ... Read More »

Specialists Speaking

Multiple strategies for weed control Dr. John Saichuk Louisiana jsaichuk@agcenter.lsu.edu Most of the time when the subject of weed control in rice – or any crop for that matter – comes up, the first thoughts are of herbicides; what to use, rate, how much will it cost and so on. At a field demonstration recently, Dr. Eric Webster told producers ... Read More »

Seed Treatments

Seeing is believing. Insect control and early season plant health pay dividends in the end. By Carroll Smith Editor Arkansas crop consultant Ron Baxley believes rice seed treatments are some of the better tools that have been made commercially available for the industry in a while. The two choices for 2012 are Dermacor X-100 and CruiserMaxx Rice. Also, in a ... Read More »

Most Wanted: Mexican Rice Borer

Sneaky Texas pest seeks succulent hideout in Louisiana rice fields By Carroll Smith Editor Although American newspaper editor Horace Greeley made famous the quote, “Go West, young man,” the Mexican rice borer (MRB), a troublesome pest for Texas sugarcane and rice producers, obviously did not get the memo. Instead, the MRB – a type of stem borer – headed east, ... Read More »