Texas Rice: Too Much Rain, Look Out for Planthoppers

Bag full of planthoppers found in Texas rice. Photo: M.O. Way, Texas AgriLife

Well, it just won’t stop raining… I was talking with a rice farmer in Galveston County. He said his area received 40 inches of rain in September! This has got to be bad for our ratoon crop.  

More bad news is that the rice delphacid/planthopper has been found again in SE Texas. This insect with piercing-sucking mouthparts is an exotic species. The last infestation of this insect in the US was in SE Texas in 2015.

You might recall that the infestations occurred on ratoon rice west and south of Houston in October—very similar to the situation today… We are investigating this situation as I write this article.

So, if you see the planthopper in your fields (nymphs have characteristic brown stripes on both sides of their abdomens) or if you see yellowing of your rice, usually in spots scattered throughout rice paddies, please contact me moway@aesrg


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