Arkansas Rice: Harvest Starts, “Yield Potential Seems To Be There”

Rice harvest. ©Debra L Ferguson Stock Photography

A few combines hit the field this week and reported good rice so far. As usual, we didn’t get much rain all summer and now it keeps popping up. The second half of next week looks like a downer as well.

With the scattered rain moving across this week, more rice should’ve been harvested. The first reports came out of Lonoke and Jefferson Counties in central AR. With any favorable windows, harvest should get going in the southeast area any time now.

Yield potential seems to be there, but with the grass escapes it’s going to be very important to get this rice crop out timely. The longer we let it stand there, the greater the chances of rain and wind starting to put it down.

Positive yield reports from south Louisiana continue this week and are very strong. I’ve mentioned before that Louisiana yields can be a good barometer for Arkansas yields. Fig. 1 shows the state average yields over the past 15 years and the yield trends follow each other very closely.


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