November 16 2010 - Announcing the Louisiana Online Rice Pest Identification Guide.

8/9/2011 11:12:07 PM

Originally posted November 16, 2010, by Natalie Hummel on Louisiana Rice Insects

I’m pleased to announce the release of the Louisiana Online Rice Pest Identification Guide. Click here to access the guide.

The purpose of this guide is to improve identification of arthropods (insects and mites) that damage rice in Louisiana. Once the arthropod is properly identified, you will find a link to the Louisiana pest management guide with insecticide recommendations. We have also included links to scouting videos for the rice water weevil, colaspis and panicle rice mite. Although the arthropods featured infest rice in Louisiana, this online guide should be a useful tool in other Southern rice-producing states.

Here’s how it works – the guide is structured as a dichotomous key – this is a fancy way of saying that you have two choices at each step. Just click through the guide selecting the description or picture that matches your field problem. At the final step you will see a picture of the arthropod and some information about scouting and management.

This is the first public launch of the guide, and you may find some glitches – if you see any errors please let me know.

Anna Mészáros and I worked together to build this guide. We would like to thank Johnny K. Saichuk for providing insect pictures, Lisa West (IT coordinator, CMS), Lukas Thompson (student worker) and J’Nai Bayone (student worker) for technical assistance. This project was supported financially by the Louisiana Rice Research Board. We would also like to thank Evangeline Parish rice farmer Richard Fontenot for suggesting the development of this guide.

The site address is: www.lsuagcenter.com/ricepestguide

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