OK WITH NEW KNOWLEDGE. Taking lessons from the infestations of the fall army worms, 25 farmers in Diffun, Quirino recently underwent a five-day training on pest and nutrient management. Anchored on the PalayCheck System, an integrated crop management system for rice, training sessions emphasized the recommendations on managing major rice pests such as stem borers and rice black bug, and diseases such as bacterial leaf blight and tungro. Recommendations include the use of resistant varieties, practice of synchronous planting, and conservation of beneficial organisms. The training is an initiative of the Rice Competitiveness Enhancement Fund – Rice Extension Services Program.