Planning demonstration site in Vermilion Parish

7/29/2010 12:08:36 AM

Rice Farmer Alden Horton and County Agent Stuart Gauthier discuss plans for the rice water weevil demonstration test

Rice water weevil feeding scars.

Rice water weevil demonstration plans in Vermilion Parish

At Alden’s farm we will be comparing an untreated cut to fields that receive a Karate application with the second application on Newpath herbicide.

A second application of Karate will go out if we find rice water weevil adults or fresh feeding scars one week after flood. We will possibly have a meeting at the field when we make the treatment decision. I’ll keep you posted.

After meeting with Mr. Horton we headed over to Gueydan to meet with Mr. Richard Hardee. If the weather cooperates, Richard’s rice will be drill-planted, or broadcast and covered. We will be comparing Dermacor X-100, CruiserMaxx, Pyrethroid, Drained, and an untreated check. I’ll be posting the field map soon after the fields are planted.

When I stepped out of the truck in Kaplan this afternoon, I was greeted by the familiar smell of boiled crawfish. Maybe spring has finally arrived in southwest Louisiana???

I’ll be visiting cooperators in Evangeline, St. Landry, and Acadia Parish in the next couple of days. I’ll keep you posted on progress as we lay plans for the demonstration work this summer.

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