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The 3rd Annual LSU AgCenter Advanced Entomology training was held at the rice research station in Crowley on Sept 13, 2011. The training focused on secondary pest problems and the Mexican rice borer.

If you could not attend the training, or you just want a refresher of what was discussed, the powerpoint files have been posted at http://www.lsuagcenter.com. Click here to open the website.

The speakers were also video recorded. Here are the video links:

As you can tell from a lack of activity on this blog, the field season is winding down. We are summarizing our Tenchu rice stink bug demo data now and will be posting online soon. I hope you are enjoying this nice fall weather.

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The training was video-recorded and the streaming video has now been posted online. Click here to view part 1. Click here to view part 2.


The advanced rice entomology training is back by popular demand. I had initially hoped to focus this training on the diversity of insects that occur in a rice field (pest, beneficial, and just plain interesting aquatic insects). Unfortunately, the continued movement of the Mexican rice borer (MRB) into rice country is an important issue which trumps the aquatic entomology focus for this year. The LSU AgCenter is currently developing management recommendations and an educational program on the MRB. This information will be discussed at the training.

Below is the agenda for the training and some tentative speakers:

Date: September 13, 2011

Time: 9 am to noon with lunch served

Location: LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station Auditorium in the main building

9 am to 9:15 – registration

9:15-9:30 – welcome and purpose of training

9:30-10 – Secondary Pest Problems – early season issues and late-season stink bug management (Hummel)

10-10:30 – Mexican rice borer identification and host preferences (Speaker TBA)

10:30 – break

10:45 – 11 – Mexican rice borer insecticide management strategies (Speaker TBA)

11-11:30 – MRB management recommendations and monitoring strategies (Hummel)

11:30 – Discussion/questions

Noon – Sponsored lunch – provided by Toby McCown (Dupont), Josh Zaunbrecher (Syngenta) and John Bordlee (Valent)

This training will not be available to attend remotely, but it will be recorded for viewing at a later date.

This training will qualify for CCA CEU credits.

I hope to see you at the meeting.

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A half-day Certified Crop Advisor Training Session will be held in conjunction with the 2010 Rice Technical Working Group Annual Meeting at the Beau Rivage Casino & Resort in Biloxi, MS.  This will be an excellent opportunity for in-depth training on rice production.  Speakers from across the U.S. will present on a range of topics.  For registration information contact Nathan Buehring or visit the RTWG website.

The draft agenda can be found below:

Certified Crop Advisor Training Session
Monday, February 22, 2010

1:00 PM Rice Production Perspectives from the Southern US Region. Production issues, acreage trends and predictions for the upcoming growing season will be discussed.

Speakers Include:Dr. Nathan Buehring, Mississippi State University
Dr. Garry McCauley, Texas A&M University
Dr. Johnny Saichuk, Louisiana State University
Dr. Chuck Wilson, University of Arkansas

2:00 PM Rice Nutrient Management. Effectiveness of various nitrogen stabilizers,
Phosphorus and Potassium management, and ratoon crop management will be discussed.
Speakers Include: Dr. Rick Norman, University of Arkansas
Dr. Nathan Slaton, University of Arkansas
Dr. Dustin Harrell, Louisiana State University

2:50 PM Break

3:10 PM Nutrient Concentration in Rice Floodwater Following Fertilization. Mr. Trent Roberts, University of Arkansas.

3:40 PM Rice Insect Management. Rice insecticide seed treatments and other rice insect related issues will be discussed.
Speakers Include: Dr. Mo Way, Texas A&M University
Dr. Gus Lorenz, University of Arkansas

4:10 PM Rice Weed Management. Herbicide resistance issues in the Mid-South and Clearfield rice weed management will be discussed. Time will be available for questions and discussion with the speakers at the conclusion of the presentations.
Speakers Include: Dr. Jason Bond, Mississippi State University
Dr. Eric Webster, Louisiana State University
Dr. Bob Scott, University of Arkansas

5:00 PM Session Concludes

CEU Credits: Crop Management 1.0, Soil and Water Management 0.5, Nutrient Management 1.0, and Pest Management 1.5. Total Credit 4.0

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The 3rd Annual Louisiana Crops Symptomology Symposium is right around the corner.  This year the symposium will focus on cotton and rice.  I’ll be giving a presentation on rice insect symptomology.  Following is the information from the announcement.  I hope to see many of you in Alexandria next week.

Pre-LATMC – Wednesday, February 10, 2010
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
SAI Convention Center, Alexandria, LA
Emerald ABC
Pre-registration only – $50.00
On-site registration – $100.00

One of the most difficult tasks that agricultural consultants face in their daily jobs is the diagnosis of crop disorders. In many instances, this diagnosis must be done in the absence of the casual agent such as an insect or pathogen. Identification of crop disorders is certainly not an exact science and a specific symptom may be caused by more than one plant stress. In addition, a symptom may be the result of multiple problems occurring at the same time.

To assist LACA consultants, county agents, and general IPM practitioners with the diagnosis of crop disorders, a 4-hour workshop has been scheduled just prior to the 2010 LATMC. This workshop will focus on the symptomology of rice and cotton disorders. Other Louisiana crops will be included at future LATMC meetings.

To provide training on the visual symptoms associated with a variety of crop disorders, a series of slides will be presented by a team of LSU AgCenter scientists who will discuss the visual symptoms important in identifying selected crop disorders. The goal is to provide an inter-disciplinary examination of crop symptomology resulting from pathogens, arthropods, nutrient deficiencies/toxicity, herbicide injury, and environmental effects. This workshop is not designed to include symptoms of every possible crop disorder, but to provide a simple overview of the most common problems. If successful, each crop group would be re-examined on a three year cycle to include more information on specific crop symptomology.

Each new participant will be provided a bound hard copy of the slides that will be used in the workshop. Those who participated in 2008 and/or 2009 should bring their own binders and just add in the 2010 hand-outs. This will save an additional $10.00 on the registration fee (fee will be $60.00 if another binder is provided). However, there will be no written information included with the slides and illustrations. Those individuals participating in the workshop will have the opportunity to record their own notes from the comments provided by the speakers.

Pre-registration is required. To register, indicate attendance on the LATMC registration form and submit registration fee of $50.00 prior to January 30, 2010. This workshop is separate from the LATMC and will not be considered mandatory for agricultural consultant and commercial pesticide applicator recertification. For more information, contact Roger Leonard, rleonard@agcenter.lsu.edu or Denise Wright, glpblues@bellsouth.net.

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