Last summer we discussed the potential benefits of properly managing and irrigating multiple inlet rice fields. The advantages of multiple inlet include rapid flood establishment, reduced N loss, and more precise and easier flood control. The greatest advantage of multiple inlet irrigation is it facilitates the adoption of other irrigation practices. AWD or . . . → Read More: 2014 AWD Trial Summary
We received a phone call this morning from a Delta grower requesting assistance with his flow meter readings. Before the weather turns wet and cold, he had decided to collect the data from his well’s flow meters for reporting by the February deadline. Quite to his surprise, his supplier had installed flow meters with three different . . . → Read More: Preparing for Flow Meter Reporting Deadline
The 2014 Delta area/Bolivar Co. Rice Meeting will be held at the Bolivar Co. Extension office on December 4, 2014. Mississippi rice producers, industry professionals, and other interested parties are invited to listen to presentations from MSU research and Extension faculty on a wide range of topics. The Meeting will begin at 10:00 AM and conclude . . . → Read More: 2014 Delta Area Rice Meeting
Find below the Preliminary version of the 2014 Small Plot Official Rice Variety Trial. During 2014, small plot rice variety trials were conducted near the following locations; Choctaw, Clarksdale, Drew, Hollandale, Shaw, Stoneville, and Tunica. Variety trial data is presented segmented by technology, conventional or Clearfield. As of current only rough rice yields are presented, milling . . . → Read More: 2014 Preliminary Rice Variety Trial Data
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!