This week I thought I would share with you the progress of our rice irrigation studies. This summer we have three producer “on farm” irrigation trials. Each producer agreed to irrigate his field conventionally through levee gates, via side inlet, and an additional side inlet utilizing intermittent flood. The producer originated irrigation on the conventional and . . . → Read More: 2014 Preliminary Side Inlet/Intermittent Irrigation Results
The North Mississippi Research and Extension Center’s Agronomic Row Crops Field Day on Thursday, August 7 will present the latest research to the area’s row-crop farmers and consultants. The field day will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Lee County Agri-Center Magnolia Conference Center on Highway 145 South in Verona.
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As more and more of the rice crop starts to head, it is time to start thinking about rice stink bug. We have been sweeping some grass around the Delta for the last few weeks, and the one general comment I will make is that populations have been fairly low in most areas. We have seen fairly high numbers in a couple places, but it was small patches of heading grass in isolated locations. . . . → Read More: Rice Stink Bugs in Mississippi Rice
Typical symptomology of rice leaf blast
Last week’s weather pattern in the Delta provided near perfect conditions for rice blast (Pyricularia grisea) to occur. Rice blast is generally categorized by the plant part infected (e.g., leaf, neck, panicle). Blast favors mild humid weather, frequent rainfall, and extended periods of leaf wetness. On susceptible cultivars, yield loss . . . → Read More: Rice Leaf Blast Confirmed in Mississippi
It’s okay to let it down!
Defining proper flooding of rice can be somewhat challenging depending who you talk to. One thing is for sure, to take advantage of the cost saving of straight levees and multiple inlet rice production, the depth of flood has to be managed. With the days of cheap water behind us and . . . → Read More: It’s okay to let it down!
It appears that 2014 is going to be the year of the armyworm in rice. I have had numerous calls, texts, and Tweets about armyworms in rice over the last week. If you have not had them in your rice to this point, consider yourself very lucky. . . . → Read More: Armyworms in Rice, Again!
Similar to most years when we have armyworms in wheat, there is the threat of having armyworms in seedling rice. We know of at least one rice field in Mississippi that was sprayed earlier this week. In general, damage from armyworms will not impact rice yields at this time of year unless they are beginning to reduce plant stand. This is especially true in hybrid rice planted at low seeding rates. . . . → Read More: Armyworms in Rice
Maintaining nitrogen applied as a pre-flood application is an important topic for rice farmers. Nitrogen can be lost by at least three different methods, two of which are considered to be bad since the N will become unavailable for plant uptake. . . . → Read More: Protecting Your Preflood Nitrogen
Before the rice season gets into the full swing, consider several important fungicide application strategies before the mid-season fungicide application. Preventing fungicide-resistance from developing is the first step in managing the issue. . . . → Read More: Tips to Improve Rice Fungicide Application Effectiveness
Dr. Jeff Johnson, Head of the Delta Research and Extension Center, has assigned responsibility for Extension in rice to Dr. Bobby Golden. Dr. Golden will serve in this capacity until a suitable candidate is identified for the Rice Agronomist/Extension Specialist position, which is currently open at the Delta Research and Extension Center in Stoneville. Dr. Goldenâ€™s . . . → Read More: Bobby Golden Assigned Extension Responsibility for Mississippi Rice