By Yeshi Wamishe, Extension Rice Pathologist
Rice leaf blast is right on time. As of today, June 18, the first report of blast has been made from Randolph County on a medium grain rice, Titan (Figure 1). Historically, leaf blast starts between the 2nd and 3rd week of June. The dew in the mornings should be enough to initiate spore germination. With overcast skies and rain in the forecast, the time to scout for rice leaf blast is now.