“This year we’ve done a lot of survey sweeping for redbanded stink bugs in wild hosts and cover crops and saw a good deal of rice stink bugs, too. At some point, they’ll start staging to move into rice as it begins heading. With all the late rice, this could be a year with heavy RSB pressure.”
Richard Griffing, Griffing Consulting, LLC, Monterey, Louisiana:
“Maybe as much as 50% of our rice has gone to flood. On the other hand, the last 700 acres of the 2019 rice crop will be planted tomorrow (6/4). The grower would have planted earlier but couldn’t get seed. He wanted to go with a hybrid, and those were in short supply here. But with people pulling back on rice in Arkansas and Mississippi, the seed was available but had to be shipped in.
“A lot of flushing is underway and people are spraying, and more rice is going to flood now.
“Beans range from R3.5 to still being planted and a few more will be planted as flood water drops a bit. We started fungicides in places. Overall, beans look fair.
“This will be the latest crop in my 34-year career. It’s certainly the most spread out. I’m optimistic but also realize it will be a long season.”
Jack Haney, South Arkansas Crop Consulting, Pine Bluff, Arkansas:
“It’s raining (6/6) and the weather is something like you’d expect with a tropical depression with intermittent showers. We’ve gotten a couple of inches of rain here this week and misty showers are blowing through today (6/6).
“We certainly needed rain for the southern part of my territory. That area missed several rains that came through the state. We did manage to plant pretty much all of our rice but still have a long way to go with soybean planting.
“Not much rice is at flood yet, maybe 10%, and we’re trying to move more fields in that direction. Our most advanced rice is nearly at midseason. We just don’t have much of that. On the other hand, we’ve also been flushing rice this week to try to get it up.
“We intended to plant a little more rice this week but the rain knocked that in the head, so I think we’re done with rice planting this year. That was going on ground that we weren’t able to get in all year but it finally got dry enough to work. They went over it once but then it rained 2 inches, and it won’t get dry enough soon enough to go in with rice this year.
“Overall, the crop we’ve got up is pretty. Corn looks great and we’re applying fungicides on our early beans. I just hope the markets are strong enough that farmers can make money this year.”
Bobby Golden, Mississippi Extension Rice and Soil Fertility Agronomist:
“Farmers either got a lot of rain or a little rain but most everyplace received some rain. It was welcomed. A lot of rice seed was put in dry ground, and this rain should help those farmers avoid flushing fields to gain a stand.
“A good deal of rice is going to flood this week, so the rain will help with that, too. In places, the earliest rice will receive midseason applications in 5 to 10 days (from 6/6).
“After the big planting rush over the last couple of weeks, we can accurately say that this season will have two distinct crops. People make that observation to some extent every year, but in 2019 it’s definitely the case.
“A big portion of the rice was planted in late March and early April but most of the rest wasn’t planted until the last 10 to 15 days. We’ve certainly had periods in the last several years where a few people were flooding and planting rice at the same time, but that’s happened this year on a large scale.
“Rainfall amounts vary. In north Washington County and Bolivar County, it’s rained over an inch in places. No word on Tunica County totals yet. Here at the station (Stoneville), a half-inch has fallen so far but it looks like it could pour at any moment.
“Be patient as we proceed. We got a little rain at about the time a lot of growers were setting up to go to flood. People came out ahead if they included NBPT on that preflood fertilizer. It’s still good insurance.”
Dustin Harrell, Louisiana Rice Extension Specialist, LSU Rice Research Station, Crowley:
“We had a couple of weeks of warm weather. The crop turned the corner and actually started looking good after all of this season’s trials and tribulations.
“However, the trials and tribulations continue. Last night and this morning (6/6) it rained 4 to 12 inches in southwest Louisiana where 75% of the state’s rice is grown. We already had high water in places and this adds to it. A lot of rice is under water and we’re just hoping that we can move the water off as soon as possible.
“But fields anywhere near bayous may get backwater flooding if they haven’t already. Plenty of water is heading in this direction.
“At the rice research station’s north farm, it rained 6.4 inches. A gauge a mile or so away had a 9-inch total. The rain moved through quickly and stopped this morning and the sun came out. But, the forecast calls for an 80% chance of rain tomorrow. We’re hoping it’s not a big one.
“Obviously, we’ve got to move a massive amount of water off these fields and people also are concerned about how that will affect their midseason nitrogen where they’ve already applied it. How much of that fertilizer will they lose when they pump the water off?
“The key to determining that is when did you apply it? Typically, the crop takes up 75% to 80% of the nitrogen within 3 days of the application. So unless you applied it a day or two before the rain, you’re probably okay. If you haven’t applied it yet, wait until the water is drained off and the flood stabilizes.
“In places, we’ve started picking up sheath blight and a little leaf blast. Once we get past this water situation, start focusing on disease scouting and fungicides. We’ll probably start finding heads next week in our earliest planted fields.”
DeWayne Dopslauf, Crop Production Services, Wharton, Texas:
“A lot of my rice is going to flood. We’re touching up a little with herbicides here and there and applying fertilizer ahead of the flood. Overall, I expect rice acreage to be off 25%.
“It’s rained here this week, with heavy amounts in places. The biggest totals fell in Fort Bend and Wharton Counties and in the city of Wharton, itself. From 14 to 17 inches fell in less than 8 hours along a narrow band. Areas below U.S. 59 were more under water than I thought they would be this morning (6/6).