Tag Archives: Weed Control

BASF, Nutrien team on scouting app

basf scouting app

BASF and Nutrien Ag Solutions are collaborating on a scouting application that enables growers and agronomists to instantly identify weeds and diseases within their fields. The Xarvio Scouting app is offered within the Nutrien Ag Solutions Customer Portal, according to a news release. “Through our joint efforts, BASF and Nutrien Ag Solutions can help change the industry by providing growers ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter economist sees favorable rice price outlook

lsu agcenter field day

• By Bruce Schultz • A Louisiana State University AgCenter economist had good news for rice farmers at the Vermilion Parish rice field day, June 11. “Optimism is high that with recaptured market share in core markets, the outlook for rice is positive from a price standpoint,” says Michael Deliberto. He told farmers American rice has become more competitive, which ... Read More »

After tough start, Louisiana rice crop looks promising

adam famosa, lsu agcenter

• By Bruce Schultz • The Louisiana rice crop is having a challenging year, but good weather in June could result in a decent harvest, according to the LSU AgCenter rice specialist. “Don’t expect a record yield,” Dustin Harrell said at field day held May 27 near Iowa in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana. At a field day on May 30 in ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter sets South Farm Field Day, June 12

LSU south farm field day

This year, the Acadia Parish Louisiana State University AgCenter will again be hosting the Acadia / LSU South Farm Field Day, June 12, beginning at 8:30 a.m. We will have LSU AgCenter rice and soybean specialists give talks regarding rice varieties, agronomics, state update, rice diseases, rice insects, rice herbicides and soybean production. Most presentations, like in years past, will ... Read More »

On track

California tracked sprayer

New ground sprayer design allows for wider boom, less rutting and improved efficiency • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Randy Chrisman had an “aha” moment during the 2016-17 winter when he came up with the idea for a rubber-tracked sprayer with a wide boom that would be more efficient than traditional steel-wheeled rigs. A Williams, California, rice producer who also ... Read More »

Consider a seed treatment to boost seedling vigor

seedling disease

Early season disease management is becoming increasingly important as Texas rice farmers trend toward planting earlier at lower seeding rates (about 50 percent of Texas rice acreage is planted to hybrids). Clearly, the earlier plantings have a better chance of producing both high-yielding main and ratoon crops. But planting earlier means exposing seed to lower temperatures and possibly wetter soil, ... Read More »

UC seeks California growers’ help with weedy rice survey

weedy rice

The University of California is seeking producers’ and farm managers’ help as they conduct a survey of weedy rice infestation and rice production practices in the state that may affect the weed’s persistence and infestation levels. As you know, weedy rice is a pest problem that can potentially cause significant losses to the state’s rice industry. UC Rice Farm Advisers Luis ... Read More »

Seeing red

new watergrass species

New grass species joins weedy rice as weeds that tested California growers and PCAs in 2018 • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Although the number of rice acres in California infested with weedy rice — also known as red rice — has remained fairly stable the past few seasons, a new biotype popped up in one field in 2018. Add to ... Read More »

Lessons learned

Provisia Rice

Researchers fine-tuned N, seeding recommendations for Provisia rice during 2018 season. The 2018 season was the first year the Provisia variety, PVL01, was grown commercially. Louisiana grew approximately 10,000 acres of PVL01, and the average yield was about 42-43 barrels per acre statewide (6,804-6,966 pounds per acre; 151-155 bushels per acre). Many growers were satisfied with the Provisia system, and ... Read More »

Good weed control starts with proper weed ID

virginia buttonwood

Vicky asked me to talk about weed management, so I asked Dr. Muthukumar Bagavathiannan to help me. Muthu is our rice weed scientist located at College Station, but he makes many forays into the Texas Rice Belt during the growing season. Of utmost importance is proper weed identification, which demands frequent and careful scouting. Last year, I was called out ... Read More »