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Please visit  the Louisiana Rice Insects Blog for current blog posts. Visit the Rice and Rice Research Station of the LSU AgCenter Website for additional rice-related information.

Contact Natalie Hummel and John Saichuk with questions or comments.

August 25, 2011 - Rice stink bug control in second crop rice
This week I’ve received a few calls from consultants about high rice stink bug counts in late-planted rice and second crop. With advances in variety yield potential and improvements in second-crop management, the second crop has become important enough to warrant protection (in most situations).
December 3, 2010 - LSU AgCenter introduces online rice insect guide by Bruce Schultz
Solving the whodunit mystery of insect damage in a rice crop will be easier with a new online program developed by the LSU AgCenter.
[Image: N. Hummel]October 1, 2010 - LSU AgCenter Mexican Rice Borer site visit – Beaumont, TX
On Monday, Johnny Saichuk (rice specialist), Donna Lee (county agent – East Caroll Parish) and I headed over to Beaumont, Texas for the annual Mexican Rice Borer (MRB) Site Visit. This meeting is held annually to share the latest results of a long-running cooperative research effort between Texas A&M and the LSU AgCenter.
[Image: N. Hummel]August 5, 2010 - Combines are rolling in south Louisiana
If you are wondering why I’ve been a little quiet lately, it’s because we’ve been busy cutting test plots and gathering harvest data. After long days in this horrendous heat, it’s hard to find a desire to sit at a computer and write. I’ll wait until all the numbers are in to make any comments about the effect of treatments on yields. In the meantime, I thought you might like to see some equipment in action. The best part of harvest is that it really is a gathering of friends.
[Image: ameszaros]January 2, 2011 - 2010 in Review
Here is a summary of the blog for 2010. Thanks to everyone who followed the content. We hope to make more improvements in 2011. If you have suggestions to improve the content, please send them to me. Happy New Year!
January 6, 2011 - iPhone apps for use in Agriculture
I recently assembled a list of iPhone apps that have some utility in agriculture or entomology. If you use an iPhone you might be able to use some of these apps in your agricultural endeavors. I’d be curious to know if you have any favorite agriculturally related apps. Also, if you know of any other agricultural apps that are not in my table, please post a comment or e-mail to me:
December 17, 2010 - Mexican rice borer extends reach into Louisiana
The Mexican rice borer, a threat to sugarcane and rice, has moved eastward from Texas extending farther into Louisiana. On Nov. 22, 2010, four male adults were found in a pheromone trap about six miles southwest of Sulphur, according to Gene Reagan, LSU AgCenter entomologist. Chris Carlton, director of the Louisiana State Arthropod Museum, confirmed that these trap catches were Mexican rice borers.
February 8, 2011 - NipsIt INSIDE insecticide Experimental Use Permit approved by EPA
On Feb 7, 2011, US EPA granted the Experimental Use Permit (EUP) for NipsIt INSIDE® Insecticide for seed treatment use in rice. The EUP is for the states of AR, LA, MS and TX for a total of 40,000 acres for 2011. This includes 5,000 acres in Louisiana. Rice water weevil and grape colaspis are target pests on the label. According to the EUP, use of this product is restricted to dry-seeded rice in drill-planters. The seeding rate cannot exceed 15
February 16, 2011 - House Continuing Resolution Details Made Public – proposed cuts would harm LCES critical activities
This week the House of Representatives will debate H.R. 1, the Full Year Continuing Resolution (CR), to fund federal departments, agencies, and programs through Sept. 30, 2011. As reported last week, the CR would reduce the topline number for the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA is the USDA agency that supports Land-grant research and extension) by $217.056 million compared to FY 2010.
February 4, 2011 - Rice insecticide seed treatment options in 2011
In the 2011 production season, Louisiana rice producers will have a variety of options for seed treatment in dry-seeded production systems. This article should help make the decision about which seed treatment you may want to consider.
November 16, 2010 - Announcing the Louisiana Online Rice Pest Identification Guide.
I’m pleased to announce the release of the Louisiana Online Rice Pest Identification Guide. The purpose of this guide is to improve identification of arthropods (insects and mites) that damage rice in Louisiana. Once the arthropod is properly identified, a link to the Louisiana pest management guidelines is provided. Although the arthropods featured infest rice in Louisiana, this online guide should be a useful tool in other Southern rice producing states.
[Image: N. Hummel]November 1, 2010 - "2009 Louisiana rice insect survey"
Anna and I have been working together to summarize the 2009 Louisiana rice insects survey data, and the graphs are now starting to take shape. We observed some interesting trends. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll post a series of blogs that will summarize some of the highlights of our findings.
[Image: N. Hummel]April 25, 2011 -- Stand counts at the St. Landry Parish rice water weevil demo site
This blog posting presents pictures of the stand at the St. Landry Parish rice water weevil demonstration site. I also discuss ongoing early-season problems with chinch bugs, rice levee bill bugs and colaspis.
[Image: N. Hummel]April 20, 2011 -- Colaspis confirmed in Jefferson Davis Parish
This morning I admired the moon setting over University Lakes on my way into campus. Wait a minute, I was biking into campus by moonlight? Yep, a sure sign of field season – early mornings and long (but exciting) days. Today we headed down to Jefferson Davis Parish to scout a couple of fields that were suffering from stand loss due to an unknown cause. In one location we are still trying to determine the cause. In the second field we scouted we confirmed a fairly severe colaspis infestation.
[Image: nhummel]April 27, 2011 - Bill bugs and chinch bugs reducing rice stands in Calcasieu Parish, Part 2
On the same day, next we looked at a field with the most severe infestation of chinch bugs I have ever witnessed.
[Image: ameszaros]March 21, 2011- Planting at Acadia Parish rww demo test site
On March 16, 2011 we planted the Acadia parish demo test site. This blog posting includes a description of the treatments, field maps and plans for gathering data this season.
[Image: N. Hummel]March 28, 2011- Planting rice water weevil demo sites in Evangeline and St. Landry parishes
Last week we planted the rice water weevil demonstration test sites in Evangeline and St. Landry parishes. Both locations are the hybrid variety XL745. At each location we will be comparing the seed treatments CruiserMaxx, Dermacor X-100 and NipsitInside to an untreated check.
[Image: N. Hummel]April 11, 2011- Rice water weevils and colaspis in Louisiana rice
On Friday, I headed out to scout rice in Jeff Davis Parish with County Agent Barrett Courville and consultant Rustin Gilder. We scouted a field where Rustin had found a single colaspis larva. We also discussed rice water weevil management. Rice water weevils are already out and infesting fields in southwest Louisiana. You can watch our scouting videos on colapis and rice water weevil for a refresher on how to scout for these pests of rice.
[Image: N. Hummel]April 13, 2011- Rice stand observations at Acadia Parish RWW demo site
Today Anna and I met with County Agent Barrett Courville and crop consultant Rustin Gilder at the Acadia Parish demo site, which is farmed by Glen and Wes Simon. We were pleased to find a healthy, rigorous stand of rice. Much of the field is already at tillering stage just two weeks after seedling emergence! This location was planted with XL745 at #25 seeding rate.
[Image: derm left untret rht]April 9, 2010 - Stand Emergence in St. Landry
We scouted fields in St. Landry Parish for colaspis larvae.
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