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The Avoyelles Parish LSU AgCenter Rice Production Clinic will be held on January 11, 2012 at the Masonic Lodge in Bunkie, LA. Here is the agenda for the clinic. Please contact county agent Rob Ferguson for more information: referguson@agcenter.lsu.edu

8:30                Welcome

8:40                Rice Variety and Breeding Update, Dr. Steve Linscombe, Rice Research Station

9:05                Rice Fertility and Management Tips, Dr. Dustin Harrell, Rice Research Station

9:30                Rice Disease control update, Dr. Don Groth, Rice Research Station

9:55                Rice Insect control update, Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

10:20             Break

10:35             Rice Production and weed control, Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist

11:25               Rice Situation and Outlook, Dr. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter Department of Ag Economics

11:50              Worker Protection Standard and Pesticide Drift MANAGEMENT, Rob Ferguson, LSU AgCenter

12:20              CENLA Rice Growers Association, Randy Jemison, USA Rice Federation

12:35p.m.     Lunch

It is the policy of the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, color, national origin, gender, religion, age, or disability.

If you have a disability that requires special assistance or accommodation for your participation in the program, please contact Rob Ferguson, LSU AgCenter, at 318-964-2245 by January 9, 2012.


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Wow – 2012, yes, it’s right around the corner. I’ll bet you are asking the same question as me – where did 2011 go???

The rice winter meeting dates are now being announced. In this post I list all the dates I have received so far and over the next week I’ll send you more details on the specific programs. I will be speaking at all of these meetings – the topic will vary depending on the parish and the problems we observed last season. Please feel free to email me or your local county agent for more information on the meetings.

Meeting season will kick off with the Southwest Louisiana Rice and Soybean Forum in Welsh, LA on Jan 3, 2012. The Evangeline Parish rice and soybean meeting will be held the morning of Jan 4, 2012 in Ville Platte, LA. The next meeting will be the Acadia Parish Rice and Soybean school at the LSU AgCenter Acadia Parish office in Crowley. The week will wrap up with the Vermilion Rice School in Kaplan, LA on Jan 6, 2012. The Avoyelles Parish Rice meeting is scheduled for Jan 11, 2012 in Bunkie, LA. The final meeting I have on my calendar is the Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum in Rayville, LA on Jan. 26, 2012. On the evening prior to this meeting, the Louisiana rice growers association will hold their annual meeting in Crowley on Jan. 25, 2012. We will have the pleasure of receiving updates from USA Rice representatives.

For more information on the meetings I listed, please contact the following county agents:

Southwest Rice and Acadia Parish – Barrett Courville: bcourville@agcenter.lsu.edu

Evangeline Parish – Keith Fontenot: kfontenot@agcenter.lsu.edu

Vermilion Parish – Stuart Gauthier: sgauthier@agcenter.lsu.edu

Avoyelles Parish – Rob Ferguson: referguson@agcenter.lsu.edu

Northeast Louisiana – Keith Collins: kcollins@agcenter.lsu.edu

I hope to see you at one (or more) of the meetings this winter.

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County Agent Rob Ferguson sent me this announcement yesterday.  Hope to see many of you at the meeting.

Avoyelles Parish Rice Production Clinic


Masonic Lodge – Bunkie, LA 

8:30                 Welcome

8:40                 Rice Variety and Breeding Update

                        Dr. Steve Linscombe

                        Rice Research Station

9:05                 Rice Fertility and Management Tips

                        Dr. Dustin Harrell

                        Rice Research Station

9:30                 Rice Situation and Outlook

                        Dr. Kurt Guidry

                        LSU AgCenter Department of Ag Economics

9:55                 Rice Water Weevil Management and Introduction to the online rice insect Identification guide

                        Dr. Natalie Hummel

                        LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

10:20               Break

10:35              Rice Production and weed control

                        Dr. Johnny Saichuk

                        Rice Specialist

11:25               Rice Disease control update

                        Dr. Don Groth

                        Rice Research Station

11:50               Worker Protection Standard and Pesticide Drift


                        Rob Ferguson

                        LSU AgCenter

12:35p.m.        Lunch

For more information, please contact Rob Ferguson.

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Today I scouted some rice with County Agents Rob Ferguson and Trent in Avoyelles Parish.  We visited the Big Horn Farm Partnership which is farmed by two brothers Chris and Randy Dauzat.  They have a beautiful operation.  I saw a few interesting things that I thought you might like to see.

We scouted a field that had a pretty heavy infestation of grasshoppers earlier this season.  Rusty Elston reported catching more than 25 grasshoppers per 10 sweeps.  This is the damage that was being attributed to the grasshoppers.  Let me know if you saw any injury like this that you think was caused by grasshoppers in your rice. 

Empty hulls that may have been caused by grasshopper feeding on the developing grain.

A spray was applied to control the grasshoppers and we could not find any in the field.  The application was made about 10 days ago.  The rice is starting to mature and the panicles are turning down.  Some of the grains are still in the milk stage.  We did stumble upon a batch of rice stink bug eggs that were just hatching.

Rice stink bug egg mass just hatching. Notice the egg shells that are like little capsules - these little first instar nymphs are in the process of hatching out through the top hatch.

They are about to drain the rice field in preparation for harvest.

We also observed an abundance of different birds.  This farm has been part of conservation programs for 35 years and you could see the positive environmental impact of these efforts.

Wood duck box in an area set aside for conservation programs.

Large flocks of birds including great white egrets, great blue herons, roseate spoonbills and a number of species of ibis were enjoying the habitat.

These conservation areas will serve as an important alternative habitat for birds that typically rely on the coastal marshes.  NRCS conservation programs have been implimented this year in response to the potential long-term impact of the oil spill in the gulf.  Rice farmers are in a perfect position to provide the habitat desperately needed by a variety of birds and other wildlife.

Finally, we saw crews out roguing red rice from water-seeded fields.  These are planted in conventional varieties.  It’s important to remove the red rice before it has a chance to go to seed.  The red rice is removed by hand to keep the field clean and prevent adding to the seedbank next season.

Clumps of red rice in a field that will be rogued soon.

Crew roguing red rice - this is a tough job, but necessary to control this weed!

Tracks in the field left by the rogue crew.

Sacks of red rice rogued by the crew. These sacks are collected and the red rice is burned.

Hope you have a good weekend.  Next week we’ll start harvesting the demonstration test sites, unless we are delayed by Tropical Storm Bonnie.

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