Arkansas Rice: Looking For Positive Signs As Planting Progress Stalls

Photo: Clay Gibson, University of Arkansas

We’re now into April and still looking for that dry window to open up for a decent run at things.

Unfortunately, the extended forecast doesn’t give too much reason to stay optimistic, but it is still early yet. Despite the persistent rain systems moving through, some have managed to make small progress.

Water-seeding efforts are still happening but only on a very limited basis. At least a few spots have missed a shower here and there to get a drill in the field. I’ll take that as a positive sign of things to come, hopefully sooner rather than later.

More rain is in the forecast, but total amounts appear lower than for the past few weeks. We still have most ground to work before planting, but now is definitely the time to make sure drills are ready to go as soon as we get the chance to use them after turning the ground over.

The USDA Prospective Plantings report was released earlier this week and indicated 1.395 million acres of rice for Arkansas (1,190,000 long-grain and 205,000 medium-grain). I still expect higher on the long-grain side if we get a chance to plant it, which could push the total over 1.5 million acres (or more?).




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