Rice Planting: Texans Start Early; Weather Issues Hinder Progress Elsewhere

Young rice, pre-flood. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography


Derrol Grymes

Rice planting in Texas got off to an early start this year with some fields planted the first week of March. Growers west of Houston have slowed somewhat as they have lost their moisture, and are waiting on a rain. We have rain in the forecast next week, but if we miss that, some will plant and have to flush their rice in.

East of Houston, grain drills are rolling at a fast rate. This area will plant until rain runs them out of the field, and will gladly take full advantage of the sunshine we are experiencing now. Across the Texas Rice Belt, we estimate that 40% of the Texas crop is planted.


Mike Worthington, Nicky Miller, Craig Hamm, Matt Laird

Louisiana got off to a later start than last year, but will benefit from the good weather and excellent soil conditions we are experiencing now. This week guys are really getting into high gear, with 40% to 50% of the rice acres in South Louisiana planted by the end of the week. Northeast Louisiana should get some rice in the ground by the latter part of this week.

We planted our new herbicide tolerant Full Page hybrid in Acadia Parish, Louisiana on Tuesday, March 20th, and in Liberty County, Texas Wednesday, March 21st. We are looking forward to following these demo fields throughout the growing season, and excited about showing them to you. Stay tuned for Field Day information on the Full Page Demo and Replicated Farm Scale Yield Trial in South Louisiana coming soon!

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Jay Burchfield

Some growers in the Mississippi Delta could get started by the weekend to early next week. There are some chances of rain forecasted Monday thru Wednesday of next week, but if we miss those rains, planting will more than likely hit full steam across the area.


Jeff Branson, Matt Snow, Whitney Jones, Garrison Hardke, Rob Dixon, Kurt Johns

A small handful of growers got started with planting on Tuesday of this week where ground is dry enough to run in extreme South Arkansas and on the Grand Prairie. It’s nothing widespread just yet, but should pick up considerably with decent weather.

Cool wet conditions continue to keep growers out of the field in Central Arkansas. Late burndown is being applied mostly by air while waiting on the ground to dry. Setting drills is the current focus while growers are keeping an eye on weather and soil temperatures. Majority of this year’s rice fields have been prepared over the fall and winter so planting should progress quickly. Sales of standard hybrid are gaining momentum as growers finalize their acres.

Northeast Arkansas & Missouri

Hunter Jones, Nick Ragsdell, Whitney Blake

Spring is here and the time to plant rice is rapidly approaching in Missouri and Northeast Arkansas. Soil temperatures in our area have not quite reached the optimal level with the averages in the last week being in the mid 40s.

We have reports of some rice already being planted in Lawrence County Arkansas. Most fields in the area where rice is intended to be planted have been slicked over, have burn-downs applied, and are ready to be planted. We expect planting to begin at a furious pace once the predicted wet weather for next week clears out.

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