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I apologize that I haven’t written in a while. We are moving into grant-writing “season”. We are writing a few proposals that address new rice pest problems. You’ll hear more about those projects if they are funded. Just a quick update on the latest news.

We continue to receive reports of rice stink bugs in second crop rice, in some cases with very severe pressure. You can read about this by clicking here. I also received a call today asking what the Re-entry interval for Tenchu 20SG is. The answer is 12 hours – so this means you can safely enter the field 12 hours after the insecticide application.

We have also had some reports of armyworms in crawfish rice – this is in the Evangeline Parish area. Remember that the only thing registered is BT type products, which are really only effective controlling smaller caterpillars. Any other insecticides have the possibility of killing crawfish stocked in the pond.

The LSU AgCenter Extension Entomology program has a couple of trainings this month.

Next week we have the annual advanced entomology training at the Rice Research Station in Crowley on Tuesday, Sept 13 from 9 am to noon. I hope you can join us. I’ll start off by talking about early season pest problems (chinch bugs, bill bugs, sugarcane beetles, etc.). Then we will spend the rest of the training talking about Mexican rice borer management recommendations. Click here for a link to the agenda. We will have three speakers. Speakers will include Mo Way from Texas A&M AgriLife. Mo has studied the MRB for more than 20 years and has graciously agreed to share his insights with us. Dr. Julien Beuzelin (recent graduate of LSU) will talk about his research studying the biology, behavior and secondary host plants (weeds) of MRB. Finally, I will give a presentation on management recommendations and opportunities for cooperators to help us expand the pheromone trapping program. We will have plenty of time for questions from the audience.

Later this month, Gene Reagan and Mo Way are co-hosting their annual MRB site visit in Beaumont, Texas on September 27 to 28, 2011. This is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience scouting for MRB in the field. You will also have the opportunity to learn about the latest research on this pest.

If you are using social media, you are welcome to join the LSU AgCenter Rice Entomology Facebook group page. This is a great place to keep up to date on the latest observations from the field and to share your knowledge with others. Click here to join the group. If you don’t have a Facebook account, you’ll need to create an account first and then request to join the group.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the meetings this month.

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Update: Lunch will be sponsored by Toby McCown (DuPont Crop Protection), Henry Stefanski (FMC), and Josh Zaunbrecher (Syngenta).  Door prizes will be provided by John Bordlee (Valent).  We appreciate their support of the training.

Meeting Announcement:

Second Annual LSU AgCenter Advanced Rice Entomology Training

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Time: 9 am to noon

Location: LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Auditorium – Crowley, LA.  Click here for directions.

Tentative Agenda

9:00 am          Welcome, introductions and (optional) pre-test

9:30                 Insect infestations in relation to rice crop phenology – Mike Stout, Professor, Dept. of Entomology, LSU AgCenter

                           You can download Mike’s powerpoint file by clicking here.

10:00               Rice stink bug management – Mike Stout and Natalie Hummel, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Entomology, LSU AgCenter

                           You can download Mike’s powerpoint file by clicking here.

10:30               Coffee break

10:45               Identification of immature stages of insects that attack rice – Rick Story, Professor, Dept. of Entomology, LSU AgCenter

                           You can download Rick’s powerpoint file by clicking here.

11:15               How to use the online rice insect identification guide and roundtable discussion about RiceScout app development project – Natalie Hummel   

                          You can visit the online id guide by clicking here

11:45               (optional) Post-test

Noon               Lunch will be served

A video recording of the presentations can be found by clicking here.

Continuing education units will be available.

The presentations will be recorded and posted online.

For more information you can contact me at,

Natalie A. Hummel, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor/ Extension Specialist

LSU Agricultural Center

Department of Entomology

404 Life Sciences Building

Baton Rouge, La 70803

Office: 225-578-7386

Cell: 225-223-3373

Fax: 225-578-1643

e-mail: nhummel@agcenter.lsu.edu

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