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Heading into the second crop, be on the lookout for rice planthoppers

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • After the discovery of rice delphacid in an El Campo, Texas, greenhouse last winter and a possible sighting recently in Victoria County, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research entomologist has cautioned growers and consultants to be on the lookout for the pest. “My gut feeling is that they’re here to stay,” said Dr. Mo Way, ... Read More »

Food grains show steadiness amid COVID-19 commodity troubles

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Texas wheat and rice producers could see opportunities as food grains show steadiness amid calamity for other commodities, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service economist. Dr. Mark Welch, AgriLife Extension economist, College Station, said food grains have avoided much of the “complete wreck” market disruptions have made of commodities like corn, cotton, beef and crude oil. As dairy operators ... Read More »

Wild hogs aren’t just a rural problem; they’re invading urban areas too

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Whether you call them wild pigs or feral hogs, they are no longer just a rural problem, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Wild pigs cause more than $52 million in agricultural damage in Texas annually, said Dr. John Tomecek, AgriLife Extension wildlife specialist, Thrall. But it’s their encroachment into increasingly urbanized areas that is becoming a ... Read More »

Get to know the wild side of feral hogs

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Whether you refer to them as feral hogs or wild pigs, Sus scrofa is a species that is negatively affecting nearly every part of Texas as well as several other Southern states. Not only do wild pigs wreak havoc on pastures, fields and golf courses, they contaminate our water sources and destroy native species. They can also spread disease to ... Read More »

Texas rice producers faced tough 2019, yields likely below average

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Texas rice growers faced a challenging 2019 due to early and late-season rains, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Dr. Ted Wilson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center director, Beaumont, said reports on yields and quality are too preliminary to determine likely outcomes, but he expects a below-average year due to late plantings and late rains that ... Read More »

Belchim receives 2ee for rice delphacid insecticide, should it be needed

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Wilmington, Delaware-based Belchim Crop Protection USA has received a 2ee recommendation for use of Tenchu 20SG in Texas and Louisiana to control rice delphacid, should it appear in damaging numbers again this season. The insecticide already has a full Section 3 registration for use in rice to control rice stink bugs. After a decades-long absence, rice delphacid — also referred ... Read More »

Texas A&M to host 72nd annual rice field day in Beaumont, July 11

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“Texas Rice – Embracing Innovation” is the theme for the 72nd annual Texas Rice Field Day, July 11, at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Beaumont. The event is free and open to the public. Field tours begin at 8 a.m., followed by an indoor program at 10:45 a.m and a noon barbecue luncheon. Morning field tours ... Read More »

Texas A&M sets Eagle Lake Rice Field Day for June 25

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The 45th annual Eagle Lake Rice Field Day is scheduled for 4 p.m., June 25, at the David R. Wintermann Rice Research Station on Farm-to-Market Road 102 just north of Eagle Lake. The field day will offer an opportunity for producers to tour the research station, making stops along the way to hear about insect management, weed management, plant nutrient ... Read More »

Texas A&M researcher explores plant survival under extended flooding

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ice crops can stress under too much water or water at the wrong time. Developing tolerance to these flooding stresses and improving rice cultivars is the life passion for Dr. Endang “Septi” Septiningsih, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Rice growers around the world have had two choices: plant poor-yielding traditional varieties that are moderately tolerant to long periods of ... Read More »

Bagavathiannan honored with Texas A&M Early Career Research award

Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan.

The Texas A&M AgriLife Vice Chancellor’s Awards in Excellence – Early Career Research honor was presented to Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan at a recent ceremony on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station. The awards, established in 1980, recognize the commitment and contributions of faculty and staff across Texas A&M AgriLife, and represent the highest level of achievement for the ... Read More »