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Updating the Armyworm Fight

Updating the Armyworm Fight

By Luis Espino, UCCE Rice Farming Systems Advisor

By this time last year, we were seeing the peak of moth flight, with about 18 true armyworm moths per night, and almost no western yellostriped armyworm moths. This year, true armyworm moths are below 10 per night, except for a couple of locations in Glenn County. If we are going to experience an increase in flight, it might come in the next two weeks. 

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2019 Armyworm Trapping

2019 Armyworm Trapping

By Luis Espino, UCCE Rice Farming Systems Advisor

Looks like the number if moths we are catching is staying low, except for a couple of locations. By this time last year, we were averaging 18 moths per night, mostly all true armyworm. This year, we are not catching more than 10 per night, and in some cases the majority are western yellowstriped armyworm. I have not heard of heavy infestations on headed rice yet.

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Updating the Armyworm Battle

Updating the Armyworm Battle

By Luis Espino, UCCE Rice Farming Systems Advisor

For the last two weeks the number of true armyworm moths has declined, indicating that at this point there should be very little egg laying going on. In a couple of locations on the west and south part of the valley the number of western yellowstriped armyworm moths has increased. In the past, I have not seen western yellowstriped armyworm be a problem, I have only seen a few worms of this species in rice this year. Just in case, I’m providing graphs with total number of moths (the graphs on the left) and separated by species (on the right).

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Market Facilitation Program announced today

Market Facilitation Program announced today

By Samantha Buchalter, The Russell Group

Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced details regarding eligibility and payment rates for the 2019 Market Facilitation Program, which will provide up to $14.5 billion in direct payments to producers who have been affected by retaliatory tariffs resulting from the ongoing trade dispute with China. The payments will be divided into three tranches. This program is part of a broader $16 billion package support package for farmers intended to address trade damages with China. $100 million was awarded last week to 48 organizations through the Agricultural Trade Promotion Program for use in developing new foreign markets – $2.5 million to the USA Rice Federation and $210,000 to the U.S. Rice Producers Association. Up to $1.4 billion will be used for the purchase of unexpected surplus commodities and distribution to food banks, schools and other outlets serving low-income individuals through the Food Purchase and Distribution Program. 

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