Beginning in July, Jo said AgriLife Extension’s county agent rice team will begin its annual field surveillance to collect data across Texas rice growing regions on disease severity and any additional issues.“We collect data throughout the summer and compile it to determine how to best respond to rice disease issues,” he said. “We’re going to have new information, which allows us to update and improve our recommendations every year.”

Jo said the rice team also coordinates and shares their findings with rice researchers at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Beaumont, who are working to develop disease-resistant cultivars and better management practices. Producers can attend the Eagle Lake Rice Field Day on June 25 and the 76th annual Beaumont Rice Field Day on July 11 to tour the research stations and hear from experts about rice breeding, plant physiology, and insect, weed and disease management.

“Our AgriLife Extension rice team is trying to facilitate more coordinated efforts to support the Texas rice industry,” Jo said. “The major goal is to keep a tight relationship between county agents, specialists, rice researchers and Texas rice growers.”

For more information on disease management recommendations, visit the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology’s AgriLife Extension site or contact Jo and Sam Rustom, Ph.D., AgriLife Extension rice specialist.