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Louisiana Rice Notes #9 – 2nd Flood Edition

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The 9th installment of Louisiana Rice Field Notes is now available. This is the second flood edition this week.  This edition covers recommendations on how to proceed with harvest with all of the flood damaged rice, a very important proposed changed to the crop insurance “practical to replant” definition and the final planting dates (FPD) for rice, corn, sorghum, cotton and soybeans, and an important flood recovery meeting in Crowley tomorrow.

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Louisiana Rice Field Notes – 2016 Flood Edition

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The 8th installment of Louisiana Rice Field Notes is now available.  This edition covers potential damage to rice caused by the flood, an estimate of the economic impact of the flood to the unharvested rice crop, effects on the ratoon rice crop, comments and pictures from rice producers and consultants.

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H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Newsletter now avaliable

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This issue contains information on the South American rice miner, the new Provisia rice system, grain spotting and pecky rice, Field Day highlights, north east Louisiana research in 2016, and rice sustainability.Click to open click to open

June 16 edition of Louisiana Rice Notes

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The June 16 installment of the Louisiana Rice Notes newsletter covers the current weather influence on disease pressure, sheath blight management, SARM, grasshopper, stink bug management, and the use of gibberellic acid for the ratoon crop.

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Louisiana Rice Field Notes #3

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The third edition of the Louisiana Rice Notes newsletter is now available.  This edition covers planting progress, cold damage to rice seedlings, selecting the correct sulfur and zinc fertilizer for rice, Louisiana rice seeding methods poll results, and a little crawfish trivia.  Just click the link below.

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Rice: A Chunk Of The 2016 Crop Already Planted

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I sent out a poll question on Tuesday (March 8) to get an idea about how much rice was planted in the state.  Two questions were asked.

  1. How much rice have you planted?
  2. What percentage (of the planted rice) does that represent for your rice intentions for 2016?

The response from the text message group was very good.  I had a total of 54 responses from farmers and crop consultants.  Some responses contained answers to only one of the questions, either the acres planted or the percent of acres planted.  So, there will obviously be some error in the reporting of the results.  Nonetheless, here is what we found out…

The poll reported approximately 39,000 acres planted by those responding to the text.  That alone is 9% of the total planted acres in 2015.  Remember, this is all rice that was planted before the March 10 recommended planting window and only from a small subset of responding rice farmers!

The largest amount of acres planted by one farming operation was 3,000.  Of the 54 responses, 19 farming operations (35%) have not started.  One producer told me that they wanted to use all of their resources to work and level ground during the dry period before the rains and then worry about planting when it dries again.

Several producers mentioned that all of the planted acres were drill-seeded and that they planned to water-seed some rice after the rains.  Therefore, we may even see a significant increase in acres in southwest Louisiana next week, even if the soils do not dry out completely.

The average number of acres planted by all those reporting was 743 acres, while the average number of acres planted by only those who had some rice in the ground was 1,175 acres.  The average number of rice acres per farming operation planned for 2016 (only by those that reported percentage of acres planted) was 1,592 acres.

Louisiana Rice: State Gains Conditional Approval For AV-1011 Bird Repellent

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After you make your rice variety and hybrid rice selections, one of the next decisions a producer has to make is what seed treatments you are going to put on the seed. As you know, blackbirds can be a serious problem here in Louisiana, especially in early planted rice. In fact, a flock of blackbirds can devour a freshly seeded rice field in a matter of hours. Fortunately, we do have one seed treatment that can be used to discourage feeding on rice seed by blackbirds.

The product is AV-1011™, a bird repellent made by Arkion Life Sciences. It is a liquid seed treatment that can be applied to rice seed at your local seed distributor. The active ingredient in AV-1011 is anthraquinone. The chemical is non-lethal to the birds and is actually found in 94 known plant species. When a bird eats a treated seed, it gives them digestive distress, and this is what deters them from eating more seed.

Over the past several years we have had to apply to the EPA for a section 18 (emergency exemption) for AV-1011 use on rice (on a limited number of acres) here in Louisiana. Last year the EPA did not grant the section 18 until the third week of March.

If you remember, the third week of March was the first time that many producers were able to get into rice fields for planting. This caused problems because if you wanted your seed treated with AV-1011 you had to wait in line for several days. In some cases, it began to rain again before some producers received the treated seed they ordered. In other cases, some producers opted to take a chance and not treat their seed.

rice-blackbird-damage-2-schmidt-04112013[1]I am happy to announce that this year AV-1011 has been granted a “conditional” registration under section 3(c)(7) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by the EPA. The conditional registration was issued on January 5, 2016, and will expire on January 5, 2018. If you are like me, I was not familiar with the “conditional” registration. In general, if the EPA finds that a pesticide meets the standard for registration, but there are outstanding data requirements, the agency may grant a “conditional” registration. In the case of AV-1011, the missing data is one final trial that needs to be conducted and the company has two years to get it done. Based on the outcome of this trial, AV-1011 could receive a full federal label (Section 3).

The suggested retail cost of AV-1011 is $204.50 per gallon. AV-1011 is recommended at 18.29 fluid ounces per 100 pounds of seed.  Therefore, if you are planting at a 25, 50, or 90 pound per acre seeding rate, it will cost you approximately $7.30, $14.61, or 26.29, respectively. The AV-1011 label, safety data sheet (SDS), and suggested price sheet are posted on the AgCenter’s rice webpage and can be accessed directly with the following hyperlinks: label, SDS, price sheet.

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