Arkansas Grand Prairie
Things have been fairly quiet on the Grand Prairie over the past couple of weeks. We were in that period between midseason and heading, but with the warmer temperatures, rice is progressing very quickly. A large majority of the rice acres here are either starting to head or are heading. We have received some rainfall over the past two weeks that wasn’t needed, especially in fields with heading rice. Luckily, our temperatures have not been too severe and the nighttime temperatures have been below the critical level where panicle blight typically thrives.
Since the rain events, we have been experiencing some really heavy dews, combined with high humidity. This has caused sheath blight to move in places, especially in the semi dwarf varieties. Stink bug numbers are also high in places where rice is starting to head, and some insecticide treatments are being made. Hopefully, as more rice heads, stinkbugs will spread out. Overall, the rice looks good, and we are optimistic to see what harvest brings. As always, please give us a call if we can be of any assistance.
Garrett Williams District Field Representative
Northeast Arkansas and Missouri
The rice crop is progressing nicely and looks good from Missouri down through Arkansas. Growth stages range from a few last acres approaching midseason to some of the earlier planted acres beginning to head. Persistent wet, overcast weather conditions have created favorable environments for disease, but thankfully the forecast has improved. The recent string of warm, sunny days has been much needed and hopefully will aid in suppression of these disease-conducive environments.
I have had more conversations regarding sheath blight issues thus far than anything else. However, none of it has been widespread or related to one variety. We have definitely reached the point of the growing season to be actively scouting. On a final note, USDA’s end of June acreage report showed Arkansas and Missouri’s projected harvested acres at 1.11 million and 183,000 respectively, a reduction of 27 percent and 21 percent from 2016.
I’d like to remind everyone of the upcoming Horizon Ag field day on August 10 being held at Mark Wimpy’s farm in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with field tour starting at 9:30 a.m., and the event will conclude with lunch. Please call with any questions or concerns.
Jason Satterfield District Field Representative (901) 347-9715
Mississippi and North Louisiana
Looking at the crop in my area as a whole, the earliest planted is heading and the later-planted is around midseason. The overall crop looks good considering some of the challenges we’ve faced. As we approach heading, it’s important to be timely with fungicide applications. Being early is better than being late in protecting the panicle before it is exposed.
I’ve observed some sheath blight trying to move, and there have been reports of blast in some areas. It is important to scout for blast in susceptible varieties like CL151 and CL163. While CL172 and CL153 offer broad spectrum resistance to blast, it will still be important to make the usual smut/sheath blight application around boot stage.
Tim Jett District Field Representative
South Louisiana and Texas
Rice harvest is underway in south Louisiana, and we are once again dealing with wet weather. The rice harvest began last Wednesday, and yield reports are coming in a little low right now. It is still too early to tell what this crop is going to do, but things do seem to be off thus far. We have been getting showers since Saturday, June 8, and have received several inches of rain in places.
The forecast predicts these showers will continue for the next 10 days. This is not what farmers need as this will really hurt the ratoon crop. Rice harvest in Texas is still a couple of weeks away except for a few scattered acres. I had one farmer tell me that he has one of his best-looking crops this year and is really looking forward to harvest.
I have been saying all year that the Texas crop looks good and there is a lot of potential. CL153 looks very good in Texas, and farmers are really excited about this variety. Farmers have told me they really like the seedling vigor and the way this variety has grown throughout the year. With the improved disease package, standability and quality of CL153, this variety could give Texas farmers another option on their farm. The yield on the first crop and the ratoon crop will be the deciding factor. I am very anxious to see how this variety performs this season.
Michael Fruge District Field Representative (832) 260-6193