My calendar must be broken because this doesn’t seem like August. We should be cutting quite a bit of rice and instead we’re getting rain. In some locations across the northern part of the state, up 10 inches of rain have fallen in just the last two days (as of 8/17).
Hopefully, this rain system will move through by Monday and we can move in harvest again. Certainly, we’ll need a few days to dry out, but with sunny conditions and highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s we should be in for some drying.
It’s still very early for yield reports given the rain, but there have been a few.
Of those limited reports, yields have been very good to outstanding. High early yields is no guarantee for the rest of the crop, but it’s definitely a good sign. If the early rice is bad, then it generally doesn’t improve. If we can start getting this crop out soon, we may have a very good one in store.
FSA Acreage Report
USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) released its August acreage report last week. Numbers will still go up from here, but it paints a much larger acreage picture for Arkansas rice than was previously predicted in the June acreage report.
The currently total is 1,419,655 planted acres in Arkansas, but be prepared for that number to get a lot closer to 1.5 million.
There’s still a long way to go for harvest, so there could always be a big difference between these planted acreage numbers and the eventual harvested acreage.