The rice delphacid is an exotic planthopper species we found attacking the ratoon rice crop again this year in Matagorda county. It was seen in this area in 2015 for the first time. The insect transmits the Rice Hoja Blanca virus, but we have not seen any transmission of the virus here yet. We have seen heavy honeydew and sooty mold as well as hopper burn from feeding. Look here and here for more information.
I heard from our extension rice specialist, Dr. Mo Way, that we have been granted a section 18 emergency exemption to use Endigo ZC to control this insect in Texas until November 9. Please review the section 18 label for use below.
You can read Dr. Mo Way’s announcement and recommendations for controlling planthoppers here.
As always, give us a call at the office or shoot me an email if you have questions or concerns.