Scouting is critical in areas with a lot of rain

In Delta Farm Press

by Olivia McClure

Recent wet weather has been conducive to disease problems in Louisiana rice, and frequent rains are hampering plants’ recovery from issues that normally are not considered serious.

Farmers heard the news at a field day held June 14 at the LSU AgCenter H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station South Farm in Crowley. Continue reading

Rice experts worldwide to convene in Galveston March 1-4

by Kathleen Phillips, Texas A&M AgriLife

More than 400 rice scientists, industry representatives, consultants and growers are expected to gather in Galveston March 1-4 for the 36th Biennial Rice Technical Working Group meeting at Moody Gardens in Galveston, officials said.

“We’re expecting scientists from across the U.S. as well as a number of people from Asia, Latin America, Africa and Europe,” said Dr. Ted Wilson, center director at Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center-Beaumont, which is hosting the event. Continue reading

Colder temperatures delay disease incidence in South Louisiana rice

In Delta Farm Press, where there is a video as well

Last winter’s colder-than-normal temperatures may have been uncomfortable at the time, but they appear to have resulted in less disease pressure in Louisiana rice fields this summer.

“We’re having a fairly light disease year compared to normal,” says the Rice Research Station’s Don Groth. “We had a very cold winter that killed a lot of the stubble crop that grows down here. Pathogens usually overwinter on that stubble crop.

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Texas-based research uncovers biological weapons against sheath blight of rice

Researchers in Texas and the Delta region have some good news for rice growers concerning sheath blight. They have discovered a combination of pest management tactics that will effectively control sheath blight and require only half of the amount of fungicides currently needed.

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