Mississippi State University researchers find rice seed treatments work
After five years of research, scientists from MSU have come to the conclusion that seed treatments for rice crops significantly improve insect pest management. The number of rice water weevils decreased in the crop grown with seed treatments, allowing for a higher yield than untreated rice. The scientists also studied whether various water treatments (especially flushing fields) affected the efficacy of the seed treatment. This research is important to the future of rice management, as farmers can benefit from the use of such seed treatments and increase their overall crop yields.