The Texas Gulf Coast rice crop is finally starting to shape up. With warmer weather and a little bit of sunshine these past few days, the fields are finally starting to green up nicely. At this time I would guess that we are close to 95% planted and 90% emerged across the district. If we miss the rain over the upcoming weekend, and the weather forecast looks favorable, I would imagine a majority of the organic acres will also be planted within the next few weeks.
Mike Worthington, Nicky Miller, Craig Hamm, Matt Laird
With 1 to 2 inches of rain this past Saturday morning, there has not been much progress made this past week in south Louisiana and SE Texas, but the ground is drying up quick and most of the final acres should go into the ground by the end of the week. A majority of the acres left to plant are crawfish ponds that are being drained and need to dry. We are almost 90% planted and 90% emerged at this time. Cooler weather has slowed rice movement in recent days but the majority of fields have emerged well and look good. Warmer weather and lighter winds are forecast for next week which should bold well for input applications and the first planted fields going to flood soon.
NE Louisiana looks to be about 25% planted at this time with approximately 20% emerged. Drills are just starting to run again following the rains, and with good weather we should finish planting what is left in a short time. One may want to hold off on chemical applications until the weather turns warmer.
Strong winds and sunshine have dried out lots of ground early this week allowing growers to return to the field. Significant progress has been made in planted acres after the rain this past weekend. Lingering cool temperatures are still playing havoc with emergence across the area, but things are looking up. Some fields of the earliest planted rice have taken upwards of 21 days to emerge, but stands are looking good in those fields. There is still a good amount of time to get this crop planted without sacrificing much, if anything, on hybrid yield potential. With the size of equipment that is currently used, we should be able to get the rest of the crop planted in a short amount of time with favorable conditions.
Jeff Branson, Matt Snow, Whitney Jones, Garrison Hardke, Rob Dixon, Kurt Johns
Planters got back rolling hard on the Grand Prairie and in south Arkansas early this week following last weekend’s rainfall. Growers have been working at a feverish pace to get this rice crop planted. A cooler than normal weather pattern is still slowing emergence, but a little sunshine and warmer temperatures should bring this crop around pretty quickly. There is another rainfall event forecasted for late Saturday night into early Sunday this weekend that quite frankly is needed in areas where strong winds and sunshine have dried ground out very quickly creating a crust that is also hindering emergence. With the fast pace and long days of the current planting season, we would encourage everyone to keep safety as the top priority in your operation.
In the central part of the state everyone is scrambling to plant as much as possible before the next front brings additional rain this weekend. Progress is being made quickly which will create some issues later with so much of the crop being at the same stage of development. Also, the current strong winds are making pre-emerge herbicide applications difficult as well as rapidly drying the soil which could cause some fields to need flushing if rains are not timely.
A special “Thank You!” goes out to our plot cooperators for working with us in getting plots planted. We realize it requires additional management and we hope you feel the data you help generate is worth the extra effort.
Northeast Arkansas & Missouri
Hunter Jones, Nick Ragsdell, Whitney Blake
Planting has resumed across the region over the last couple of days and acres are being covered at a very fast pace. The windy conditions have not allowed for many herbicide applications to be made so once the wind lays there will be some catch up work to be done. Rain is in the forecast again this weekend but for now progress is being made every day.