Farm Progress

‘Bengal disease’ causing new woes for Arkansas rice producers

December 19, 2011

Bacterial panicle blight, also known as “Bengal Disease” in Arkansas rice circles, is not a new disease. Veteran rice expert Chuck Wilson says the disease can reduce yields by 50 percent and that rice under stress, like last year’s flooding-delayed crop, seems to be more susceptible. Wilson talked about the University of Arkansas’ efforts to fight the disease at the USA Rice Outlook Conference in Austin, Texas.  

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