RICE FARMERS can get the latest on rice research during the LSU AgCenter's Northeast Louisiana Rice Forum Feb. 25 in Rayville, La. The forum begins with registration at 1:30 p.m. in the Rayville Civic Center.

Among the speakers will be Steve Linscombe, an LSU AgCenter rice breeder and regional director for southeastern Louisiana. He will provide an update on rice varieties.

In addition, LSU AgCenter researcher Pat Bollich will talk about fertility, followed by a weed control discussion by Bill Williams of the LSU AgCenter.

Boris Castro, an entomologist with the LSU AgCenter, will discuss the rice water weevil, rice stinkbugs and sugarcane borer in rice. Don Groth, a rice researcher with the LSU AgCenter, will talk about sheath blight and blast.

Other speakers include Johnny Saichuk, a rice specialist with the LSU AgCenter, who will talk about rice trends and development, and Jerry Ford of BASF, who will give an update on Clearfield Certifications. Ford said these updates are needed because of the introduction of new varieties.

“I will review application timing, rates, tank mixes and proper stewardship to prevent resistance or cross contamination,” Ford said. “There is a new variety available this year, called CL161.”