Arkansas Rice: Looking Ahead — More Sunlight Would Sure Help

We can’t dodge a rain if we don’t know it’s on the way. The weather continues to make things entertaining on a daily basis. We clearly cannot outguess the weather on what the rain, wind and clouds will do.

Now we have a Saharan dust cloud. Does anyone have a full bingo card yet?

A third or more of the rice crop is at or beyond ½-inch internode elongation at this point.

We will see the first fields heading around the Fourth of July as we do each year, but the biggest push of heading this year will occur in the third week of July. We do have a positive temperature outlook for the extended forecast, which should be warm but not too hot with some rain chances to help with irrigation.

The downside of that forecast is a lot of cloudy, overcast days. Around midseason timing, that is not ideal because extended, cloudy conditions can negatively impede grain development (and ultimately yield potential). Hopefully, any reduction will be minimal and we’ll have more sun than expected.

Acreage Totals Just Ahead

Tuesday, June 30, will bring the June NASS Acreage report. Since I get this question a lot, I’ll say here I think we’re over 1.4 million acres planted. Let’s call it 1.4-1.5 million acres planted.

Since 2011, we have ranged from a low acreage of 1,055,192 in 2013 to a high of 1,513,567 in 2016. If every county planted their highest number of acres for any year from 2011-2019, we would plant 1.56 million acres (40% increase).

It will be interesting to see the report on Tuesday, which will be our last acreage acreage indicator until FSA acres are released in August.

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