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Rice is heading on a somewhat wider basis this week in south Louisiana.
Blast was confirmed in south Louisiana for the first time this season. More sheath blight is materializing in that part of the state, too. Connect in our Links section to a further report.
More rice in the Midsouth is going to flood and midseason fertilizer applications have started in older fields.
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DeWayne Dopslauf, Crop Production Services, Wharton, Texas: “A lot of my rice is going to flood and we’re still doing a little herbicide work on some. A few fields are at PD now, too. My growers weren’t affected much by the big armyworm outbreak over the last couple of weeks. A lot of them used Dermacor, which fended off the worms. Armyworms have been hitting some organic rice, and the idea has been to either apply Dipel or bring the water up enough to hopefully drown them. Some people got hurt pretty badly by armyworms.”
Eddy Cates, Cates Agritech Inc., Marion, Arkansas: “Some of our early rice is all the way up to green ring and the first midseason fertilizer is going out. Where rice hasn’t been flooded, we’re cleaning up fields as we can, getting pre-flood fertilizer out and pumping up as soon as possible.
“With all the rain, we haven’t been able to do everything the way we’d prefer. We went almost 3 weeks trying to apply fertilizer and make herbicide treatments on any number of fields. We couldn’t catch a break. Over a 2-week period we got up to 10 inches of rain in places. It didn’t all fall at once but we’d get an inch or two every day or so, enough that it rained 4 to 6 inches a week, depending on the location. In places, we eventually had to fly fertilizer onto muddy ground and then pump it up.”
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Terry Erwin, Morehouse Parish Extension Agent, Bastrop, Louisiana: "Rice mostly ranges from having a permanent flood to fields that aren’t quite there yet. We’re late this year due to all the cold, wet weather. We had some issues a couple of weeks ago with armyworms in rice and soybeans, but I’m not finding anything like that now. Across all of our crops, most calls lately have been about nutrient deficiencies of one kind or another.”
Gus Lorenz, Arkansas Extension IPM Specialist: “With all the delays, let me reemphasize that many of these insecticidal seed treatments have worn out. If it’s been 35 to 40 days since planting, that seed treatment is gone unless you used Dermacor. We’ve got moderate to high rice water weevil activity, with a lot of scarring on plants going to flood. In places, sightings of adults and heavy scarring indicate that you’ll have to do something to gain control. That means either draining fields to the point that soils crack or catching adults in that window before they lay eggs."
David Howard, Heartland Crop Consultants LLC, Dexter, Missouri: “About 75% of my rice at this point (6/18) has gone to flood and by the end of this week another 15% will be there, too. It’s turned off pretty dry and we’re trying to get things cleaned up. We’ve had to mix and match herbicides that we don’t normally use due to product shortages. The wind continues to be pretty tough at times, so we’re still having trouble spraying some fields.”
Ashley Peters, Peters Crop Consulting, Crowville, Louisiana: “We’re trying to flood rice as quickly as possible. Maybe 60% to 70% is flooded now (6/16). Otherwise, we’re trying to fit in herbicide applications where the wind and scattered showers will allow it. A few green-ring fertilizer applications are going out this week on our most advanced fields. On the other hand, our latest rice just came out of the ground a week ago.”
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Andy Tonos, Delta Ag Consulting, Greenville, Mississippi: “We’re doing the first midseason shot on quite a bit of rice and just got some fields flooded up. All the rain this month forced us to do some things that were way off from how we want to grow rice. We flooded up some rice that wasn’t perfectly clean and had to fly fertilizer onto wet ground. It needed to be fertilized and taken to flood, so we did the best we could and will have to deal with weeds now.”
Johnny Saichuk, Louisiana Extension Rice Specialist, Crowley, Louisiana: "Disease pressure is starting to pick up. I’ve seen and also received reports about our first cases of blast this year. So far, it’s appeared in Jupiter and CL261, both medium grains. No reports of it developing in any other varieties.
“We’ve been picking up sheath blight in several varieties. Rice is at the right stage for it in south Louisiana, plus we’ve had hot, humid weather, and a lot of fungicides are going out.
“We’re still finding plenty of rice water weevils and scarring in north Louisiana, but most people went with seed treatments, so we should be protected. Drift complaints are still coming in. Almost everything through the state is at permanent flood now and the crop is progressing. Quite a bit of rice in south Louisiana is starting to head.
“A reminder: our Rice Research Station Field Day at Crowley will be next week on Wednesday, June 25. Tours start at 7:15 a.m.”
Jarrod T. Hardke, Arkansas Extension Rice Specialist: “It’s finally hot and sunny and the rice is growing like we’ve wanted it to for the last 6 weeks. A lot of it looks really good and has a strong green color. Everyone is running wide open and my phone is quiet except for drift complaints. The wind is still blowing, maybe not as excessively as it has been, but growers are spraying everywhere across most crops. I’ve seen some pretty bad drift injury in places.
“People keep asking how this crop will turn out, especially considering that in each of the last 2 years we’ve set statewide records. Obviously, we’ve had some challenges with all the rain and having to take approaches with fertilizer applications that weren’t exactly standard procedure. The outcome will partly depend on how individuals reacted. We tried to lay out a blueprint that we still feel positive about, and I believe that a lot of people followed through with it. In all my driving lately, I've seen very few fields with signs that they're running short on nitrogen.
“Let’s remember, too, that we still have plenty of season left and things can still influence yields, for better or for worse. It could get too hot, for example, or we could have a hurricane. Last year we had relatively mild conditions in the summer and no traumatic weather events developed. Last year was the best of all situations late in the season. No matter what’s happened so far, we can’t say how the remainder of this year will turn out.”
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