Rice Insect Management
Many insect and spider species are found in rice fields. Only a few insects
are considered pests of rice. Insect pests damage rice by feeding on the leaves,
stems, roots, and grain. This section contains a brief description, damage
appearance, scouting procedures, and control methods for the major and minor
pests of rice. Insecticide application should be considered only when insect
numbers reach high enough levels that reduce rice yield or quality. Be reminded
that many crop production practices influence insect populations. Better crop
management can reduce insect pests and insecticide applications.
Treatment recommendations for certain rice insects can be found in the MP144
Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas. Copies are available at your local
county extension office. Contact your county agent for assistance in
identifying rice insects and determining the best method of control.
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