Arkansas Rice: Planting Stalls In Rain, Shades Of 2019?

Everyone seems to be getting their fill of alone time and family time with the current state of things. We hope to get growers into their isolation pods, I mean tractors, very soon.

There have now been rice planted in Arkansas. Given the amount of rainfall this year it shouldn’t be a surprise that it was water-seeded. If the rain doesn’t start to give way soon, we may be seeing more water-seeded rice this year.

At Stuttgart, we have accumulated over 18 inches of rain since Jan. 1 compared to 11.9 inches on average (17.3 vs 11.0 inches at Jonesboro). This time last year we had accumulated 18 and 22 inches at Stuttgart and Jonesboro, respectively.

It doesn’t look like things will be changing much for the next week, based on the precipitation forecast. Temperatures are warmer this week but expected to fall back in the 60s next week limiting our ability to dry things out as more rain occurs.

It seems like déjà vu all over again in 2020, but things are bound to change. Hopefully some drier conditions will get here fast.




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