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It’s that time of the year again, all the rice folks hunker down for Christmas break and then hit the roads running to winter rice meetings across the state.  The first week of January will be busy, followed by a smattering of meetings throughout the month.  This post provides information for the meeting plans that have been finalized to date.  Please contact your local county agent for information on meetings in your region. 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  I look forward to seeing you in 2011.

DISCLAIMER: please contact your local County Agent to verify the time, location, and program for this meeting.

Southwest Louisiana Rice and Soybean Forum, January 4, 2011, Welsh Community Center. Agenda follows:

8:00 a.m.                                     Welcome……………………………………………………………… Allen Hogan & Barrett Courville

8:05 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.              Rice Production Practices for 2011………………… Dr. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

8:30 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.              Rice Variety Update…………………………………… Dr. Steve Linscombe, LSU AgCenter Rice Breeder

8:55 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.              Rice Weed Management…………………………………. Dr. Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter Weed Scientist

9:25 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.              Rice Disease Management………………………………….. Dr. Don Groth, LSU AgCenter Plant Pathologist

9:50 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.            Rice Fertility…………………………………………………. Dr. Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Agronomist

10:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.          Break

10:30 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.          Rice Insect Management……………………………. Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter Entomologist

10:55 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.          Rice and Soybean Market Update………………………. Dr. Kurt Guidry, LSU AgCenter Economist

11:20 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.          Soybean Varieties & Management Practice………… Dr. Ronald Levy, LSU AgCenter Soybean Specialist

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.         Lunch

12:30 p.m. – 12:55 p.m.         Soybean and Wheat Disease Management……….. Dr. Boyd Padgett, LSU AgCenter Plant Pathologist

12:55 p.m. – 1:20 p.m.           Soybean Weed Control……………………………………….. Dr. Jim Griffin, LSU AgCenter

1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.             Soybean Demonstrations……………………………………….. Allen Hogan

2011 Evangeline/St. Landry Rice & Soybean School, Wednesday, January 5, 2011.  Please contact County Agent Keith Fontenot for an agenda and directions.

Acadia Parish, Rice & Soybean Producers Meeting, Thursday, January 6, 2011.  Acadia Parish LSU AgCenter office. Please contact County Agent Barrett Courville for more information.  Agenda follows:

7:30-8:00 a.m. Registration & Coffee

8:00-8:10 a.m. Introductions……………………………………………………………………….Barrett Courville, County Agent, LSU AgCenter

8:10-8:30 a.m. Rice Growers Annual Business Meeting……………………………………….Jerry Leonards, President

8:30-8:50 a.m. Rice Production Practices for 2011……………………………………………..Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Rice Specialist, LSU AgCenter

8:50-9:15 a.m. Rice Variety & Breeding Update…………………………………………………Dr. Steve Linscombe, Rice Breeder, Rice Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter

9:15 – 9:35 a.m. Rice Weed Management………………………………………………………….Dr. Eric Webster, LSU AgCenter

9:35-9:55 a.m. Rice Disease Control Update……………………………………………………….Dr. Don Groth, Pathologist, Rice Experiment Station, LSU AgCenter

9:55-10:15 a.m. Rice Fertility & Agronomics……………………………………………………..Dr. Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter

10:15-10:35 a.m. Rice Insect Control………………………………………………………………..Dr. Natalie Hummel, Entomologist, LSU AgCenter

10:35-10:45 a.m. Break – Coffee & Donuts

10:45-11:00 a.m. Rice & Soybean Market Update………………………………………………..Dr. Kurt Guidry, Economist, LSU AgCenter

11:00-11:20 a.m. Soybean Production Practices………………………………………………….Dr. Ronnie Levy, Soybean Specialist, LSU AgCenter

11:20-11:40 a.m. Soybean & Wheat Disease Update……………………………………………..Dr. Boyd Padgett, Plant Pathologist, LSU AgCenter

11:40-12:00 p.m. Soybean Weed Control Update………………………………………………… Dr. James Griffin, LSU AgCenter

12:00-12:15 p.m. Environmental Regulatory Issues……………………………………………. Randy Jemison, USA Rice

12:15-1:00 p.m. Lunch – Courtesy of Sponsors

1:00-1:30 p.m. WPS Regulations & Training……………………………………………………….Barrett Courville, LSU AgCenter

1:30-1:45 p.m. Pesticide Re-Certification……………………………………………………………Department of Agriculture & Forestry

The 38th Annual Vermilion Rice School is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 7, 2011 at the American Legion Home in Kaplan.  For more information please contact County Agent Stuart Gauthier.

The Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum will be held Wednesday, Jan 26, 2011 at the Rayville Civic Center. For more information, please contact County Agent Keith Collins.

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Today we planted a Horizon Ag Strip Trial at the Lawson Farm in Crowley, La.  At first, we weren’t sure if the soil was dry enough, and there was also a light crust on the soil.

Rain the previous week had left a crust on the soil.

The soil did not want to close over the drill passes - went to plan b.

We were not happy with this drill row appearance - seed is not adequately covered.

After breaking the crust with a harrow, we were able to drill the seed.

Lightly and quickly running a harrow before the drill broke up the crust enough to allow closure of the drill rows.

This test will compare CruiserMaxx and Dermacor X-100 to an untreated check.

Treated seed receives a dye - on the left is CruiserMaxx treated seed and on the right is untreated seed.

We will be looking for colaspis activity in addition to rww efficacy.  A number of clearfield varieties were planted.

In a nearby field, we will compare a variety of seeding rates with CruiserMaxx treatment.  This will help us answer some of the questions about CruiserMaxx activity at lower seeding rates. RWW core samples will be taken 4 weeks after permanent flood to assess insecticide activity.

There is nothing like the appearance of straight, newly planted drill rows. I was impressed by the driving – no GPS used here!

We will be closely watching these two fields for first emergence of seedlings.  Previous research in Arkansas has found that Cruiser treated seed emerges more quickly than untreated seed.  Also, the first two weeks after emergence are a critical time to monitor for damage from colapsis larvae.

I anticipate that we will be planting all over the place next week – if it doesn’t rain Saturday.  The instructions are to pray for NO RAIN.  Tomorrow morning we plan to plant in St. Landry Parish.

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Thanks to all who attended the training.  We had about 55 participants.  If you would like a copy of your pre and post-test, drop me an e-mail and I will send it to you.

The presentations have been posted to a website for viewing and downloading purposes.  The links are listed below by speaker:

Dr. Johnny Saichuk, LSU AgCenter, Rice Research Station

http://www.slideshare.net/nhummel/rice-growth-and-development-saichuk

Dr. Chris Carlton, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

http://www.slideshare.net/nhummel/insect-morphology-and-identification-carlton

Dr. Natalie Hummel, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

http://www.slideshare.net/nhummel/lifecycles-and-internal-anatomy-hummel

Dr. Jim Ottea, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

http://www.slideshare.net/nhummel/insecticide-toxicology-ottea

Dr. Michael Stout, LSU AgCenter Department of Entomology

http://www.slideshare.net/nhummel/rice-ipm-stout

The videostream of the presentation has also been posted online.

You may need to download a plug-in for the files to run on your computer.

I would like to once again thank our sponsors for the meals and door prize: Dupont, FMC, Syngenta, and Valent.  We are also grateful for the assistance of Mr. John Fontane and Mr. Rustin Gilder who helped to organize the training.

We look forward to doing this again next year.  Please send suggestions for topics.

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This week I’ll be traveling out to southwest Louisiana for a couple of meetings.  Tuesday night is the annual Louisiana rice council and Louisiana rice growers association meeting at the International Rice Festival Building (717 W. Mill St. in Crowley, La).  The evening will begin at 5 pm.  I am looking forward to catching up with everyone at the meeting.  Also hope to learn more about economics from the keynote speaker, Jim Wiesemeyer, VP, Informa Economics, Washington Bureau.

After the meeting I’ll head to Lake Charles for the Louisiana Agricultural Aviation Annual Convention.  This meeting begins today and will run through lunch on Wednesday.  It’s being held at L’auberge du lac Casino in Lake Charles.  Wednesday morning I’ll give a presentation about the rice water weevil demonstration.

I hope your week is starting off well – the weather certainly is beautiful!

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