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USA Rice Federation Daily, 3-18
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Lincoln Announces $4.5 Billion Nutrition Legislation (Read More)

Diesel and gas prices up for fourth straight week
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Diesel average price increases 2 cents a gallon nationally (Read More)

K. Good Farm Policy 3-18
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Budget; Climate; Biofuels; Ag Econ; Food Safety; and Animal Ag (Read More)

Texas: What is rain harvesting?
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Course scheduled, Kerrville, April 12-13 (Read More)

K. Good's Farm Policy, 3-17
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Budget; Climate; Ag Economy; Trade; Biofuels; and Crop Insurance (Read More)

K. Good's Farm Policy, 3-16
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Climate; Trade; Ag Economy; Corn Production (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 3-12
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Rice farmers speak out against current U.S. policy toward Cuba (Read More)

K.Good's Farm Policy News, 3-12
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Trade; Climate; Ag Competition; Animal Ag (Read More)

K.Good's Farm Policy News, 3-11
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Jobs Bill; Insurance- SURE; Competition; Climate; and Trade (Read More)

Hurricanes: AccuWeather Calls For More Active 2010 Season
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Expect a 2010 hurricane season more like the one in 2008 than 2009. (Read More)

Diesel, gasoline prices up yet another week, 86 cents above year-ago price
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Average U.S. diesel price running 86 cents a gallon above same period a year ago. (Read More)

K.Good's Farm Policy News, 3-10
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FAPRI; Biofuels; Disaster Payment; Climate Change; Farm Bill; Trade. (Read More)

Fight That Urge To Plant Into Vegetation - AMS Ag Report, E-Central Louisiana
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How does the lineup of rice herbicides really compare to other crops? (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 3-5
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Cuban Trade and Travel, H.R. 4645 (Read More)

Bayer Cuts Ignite Price
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Also ramps up production. (Read More)

Arkansas: Rice Research News,3-3
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"Roy J" is new high-yield and lodge resistant variety (Read More)

Diesel prices up 3 cents a gallon, 3-3
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Gas prices also continue to increase (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 2-26
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Producers Applaud Introduction of Cuba Trade and Travel Bill (Read More)

East-Central Louisiana 2010 Burndown And Planting Lags
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Ruts remain a major issue for rice farmers (Read More)

Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT), 2-8
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The Death (for the moment) of the Federal Estate Tax. (Read More)

Center for Agricultural Law and Taxation (CALT), 2-9
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Top Ten Agricultural Law Developments of 2009 (Read More)

Mississippi Field Notes (Central Miss.), 2-8
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Make sure your planting seed are good.| (Read More)

Texas Rice, Winter 2009
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Cold Tolerance at Germination and Seedling Stages in Rice. (Read More)

Rice Industry Fears Job Losses, Economic Fall-Out from Ag Budget, 2-3
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Farmers Applaud Sen. Blanche Lincoln, Other Ag Leaders for Opposing Plan (Read More)

EXCEL: The Louisiana: Projected 2010 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model
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A Rice Production Farm Income and Expense Producer Decision Tool (Read More)

MANUAL: The Louisiana: Projected 2010 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model
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PDF file with instructions for using the Excel spread sheet planner (Read More)

Louisiana: Rice Research Station News, 1-29
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Two New Clearfield Varieties for 2010; Scout for Blast Early in the Season; White Tip Nematode; Comparison of Cruiser and Dermacor Seed Treatments; Blackbird Baiting Program. (Read More)

Diesel prices drop for second week in a row
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National average down 4 cents, less in Gulf states and California (Read More)

Liberty-Link Traits Not Found In 2009 U.S. Rice Crop
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Contamination cost sales, disrupted trade (Read More)

Louisiana: Projected 2010 Rice Farm Cash Flow Model, 1-25
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A Rice Production Farm Income and Expense Producer Decision Tool. (Read More)

Soybeans still in the field? Look at them as a cover crop.|
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Mississippi Field Notes (Central Miss.), 1-24 (Read More)

Tractor sales will remain weak in 2010, says association
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Lower commodity and farm income numbers continue to depress buying enthusiasm (Read More)

10 Questions And Answers About Liberty-Link Soybeans
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Overview from Georgia about where they fit with Roundup resistance in Palmer pigweed (Read More)

Rice Advocate, 1-15
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USDA Proposes Cuts to Crop Insurance in SRA Negotiations. (Read More)

Louisiana:

Rice Water Weevil and Stinkbug Require Pre-Plant Decision

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Richard C. Bogren

CROWLEY, Louisiania March 3, 2010 – Ag consultants, farmers and LSU AgCenter faculty heard expert advice on controlling the two main rice insects – the rice water weevil and the rice stinkbug. 

Mike Stout, LSU AgCenter entomologist, said seed treatment with Dermacor or Cruiser is a pro-active way to control weevils, but the decision to use those products has to be made prior to planting. 

“I think the seed treatments are fairly compatible with integrated pest management,” Stout said. 

The cost-to-benefit ratio has to be considered to justify the expense of a seed treatment, he said, pointing out that a yield loss of one half to 1 percent can be attributed to each larva found on the roots of a rice plant. And water-seeded rice could attract weevils earlier in the season because the insects are attracted to water. 

Cruiser, available commercially for the first time this year, has the added advantage of controlling the colaspis insect, he said, while Dermacor is less effective against that pest. 

Stout said female weevils prefer young rice plants for laying eggs, so planting early could be the most important management practice growers could do to reduce a weevil problem. If a foliar insecticide application is required, the material works better on early-planted rice. 

He said farmers also should consider staying away from low seeding rates in the range of 30 pounds per acre. 

Delaying the flood until plants are at the mid-tillering stage also discourages weevils, he said. 

A shallow flood at the depth of 2 inches is less attractive to weevils, Stout said, and high nitrogen fertilizer rates also should be avoided. 

Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter entomologist, said the AgCenter will conduct a field study of weevil insecticides again this year to review the materials in farmers’ fields across the rice-growing area of the state.