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Tips for Managing Rice Seedling Diseases

Seedling diseases can prevail in any rice field. However, their likelihood can be reduced with proper management. Seed rots and seedling diseases are generally “complex” meaning there can be more than one causal agent in a field. In fields with seedling problems, pathogen structures such as mycelia may easily be detected on the collar of

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Managing bacterial panicle blight: Research gives helpful clues

“Be proactive” – this is the best approach to beat the unexpected effects of sporadic diseases such as bacterial panicle blight (BPB) of rice.  Looking back, the rice yield and quality losses we had in 2010 and 2011 were enormous.  Having most of the conventional varieties still susceptible to BPB and with no chemical options

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Plan your field size to effectively manage autumn decline or straighthead

“Drain and dry” is the recommended protective or rescue strategy to manage these two abiotic phenomena in rice.  Historically, straighthead disorder (Picture 1) has been associated with old cotton fields where arsenic pesticides were once used.  Although arsenic produces straighthead symptoms, it may not be the only cause.  Straighthead is a severe abnormality that may

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Be aware of your rice varieties’ reaction to disease

It is important to know the disease susceptibility levels of your rice varieties you are considering to grow and how to manage them accordingly.  I am getting questions on disease resistance levels for varieties that have not been reported in the “Disease Reaction Table of 2013” (Table 1).  If a rating is lacking in the

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Plan ahead to make profitable decisions about rice disease management

I hear some saying that the crop season in 2014 will be a “normal” one following such a severe winter.  Although I did not like the winter, my wish is that the cold temperature has effectively suppressed rice pathogens.  However, since we cannot be sure of this and the source of inoculum for all diseases

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Arkansas Rice Update 9-20-13

September 20, 2013                    No. 2013-26 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

This will be the final weekly rice update of the year.  Additional updates may be published if the need arises.

Rainfall across the state today will mark the first slowdown of rice harvest this year.  The stage of harvest is variable

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Arkansas Rice Update 9-12-13

September 12, 2013                    No. 2013-25 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Many growers are continuing to make quick work of harvest these days.  The majority of yield numbers coming in are 180+ bu/acre with most numbers in the 200+ range.  Difficult to be unhappy with those kinds of yields. 

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Arkansas Rice Update 9-6-13

September 6, 2013                      No. 2013-24 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Seeing trucks stacking up at the mill is an easy giveaway that harvest is picking up steam.  It’s becoming common that I hear people with high test weights (45-47 lbs/bu).  Trucks get heavy really fast with test weights

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Arkansas Rice Update 8-30-13

August 30, 2013                          No. 2013-23 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, and Dr. Yeshi Wamishe Crop Progress

Harvest is starting to get going in the central part of the state.  For the most part it’s isolated to early-planted fields.  Yield reports continue to be very positive – almost all have been over 200 bu/acre dry. 

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Blast Alert in NE Arkansas

Yesterday (8/23/13), I received reports of neck blast (Picture 1) in western Greene County, AR. We visited two fields of CL151 and a field of Francis where all were confirmed to have the disease. The Francis field and one of the fields of CL151 were at grain fill; and the other field of CL151 was

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