“I haven’t heard of any major issues, except the usual concerns. In continuous rice fields, grass is a problem, but that’s expected. We still have a long way to go, but at this point I think we have a good-looking rice crop.
“Our soybeans vary greatly in age. Growers planted the earliest beans in the first week of April, and we were still planting some last week. Location and rainfall amounts had a lot to do with the difference in planting dates.
“Our latest corn is pollinating with earlier corn at dent.
Gus Lorenz, Arkansas Extension IPM Specialist
“We’ve started watching water weevils (RWW) in our plots. We pulled samples in Stuttgart today (6/23) and found medium to high levels for this time of the year. In our untreated check, larval counts regularly ran 15 to as high as 25 per core, with our threshold at 3 to 4 per core.
“This is pretty heavy pressure for that area, and I think the numbers will increase further as we start sampling in known hotspots.
“In row rice, female billbugs are starting to come into the fields to feed and lay eggs. We’ll see how that progresses.
“Our soybeans are going into R2 to R3, and we’re regularly picking up redbanded stink bugs (RBSB), which concerns me more than anything else right now. The numbers we’re picking up are nothing close to treatment level, but the population is definitely out there.
“This is really early for RBSB to show up here. We have a lot of late-planted beans, and I’m really concerned about how bad RBSB will be in this crop.
“Every day, multiple people tell me that they are finding RBSB in R2 or R3 beans, and these reports are coming from as far north as Pine Bluff. I’m afraid this is shaping up a lot like 2017, which was a bad RBSB season. If this trends like 2017, RBSB will be all across the state by the end of the year. Just about everyone has late beans, so I think these bugs will be an issue for everyone.”
Wendell Minson, Bootheel Crop Consultants, Dexter, Missouri
“We’re receiving a good bit of scattered showers that are helping a little where people are taking rice to flood. Where it didn’t rain much (as of 6/22), farmers are trying to pump up fields.
“Some people are still planting rice, so I really can’t even try to tell you when the latest rice will be in the area. My latest was planted June 8, and we flushed it last week. A few growers pushed to plant those late fields, and now we’re in rough situations that are requiring rescue approaches. For the most part, though, that part of the crop looks alright.
“This is probably the latest we’ve ever started taking rice to flood. Even the rice that was planted a little early just didn’t grow well because the weather was so cool. We don’t have much rice at a stable flood yet, maybe 15%. But most of that will happen pretty quickly because this rain is helping get it all there.”
Hugh Whitby, KC Consulting, Wynne, Arkansas
“My first midseason applications will go out this week, but I also have rice that hasn’t even emerged yet (as of 6/22). My latest rice planting was behind land grading and also in another block that couldn’t be planted any earlier because it was too wet to work the ground.
“At least a little of our rice was planted last year in about that same period and it actually did pretty well. The milling was great because those acres weren’t into the reproductive stages during hot weather in August and into September.
“The midseason application is going on a quarter to a third of our rice, but the majority of my crop this year is hybrid. A good deal of the hybrid rice is at green ring, but the fertilizer on it goes out later.
“We’ve been trying to stay clean with residual herbicides. The ground cracked and some other things happened, so grass came up. You think you have a clean crop, then things suddenly change.
“We’re trying to lay down residuals to keep anything else from making it through. Because of resistance, we’re now dealing with barnyardgrass like we would pigweed in soybeans. Nothing we can apply anymore works 100% on barnyardgrass once it’s up.
“I am working with the Provisia system in rice this year, and it seems to be doing well on red rice and grass.
“All of our soybeans are up and going. We’ve sprayed everything and treatments seems to be working good. For the most part, we made the first dicamba shot on those varieties before the cutoff date. Now, we’ve got nothing left to kill pigweeds. We’re laying down residuals as much as possible, but pigweeds are still coming through in places.
“Last week, growers planted 400 to 500 acres of soybeans in small areas where it finally dried up enough to do field work.
“The majority of our corn received its pre-tassel nitrogen shot this week. I’ve seen some corn with tassels and silks, and the corn is moving right along.
“It rained Saturday night (6/20) and then again this morning, with chances for another one tonight. We needed the rain to soften the crust so the last of the rice could emerge. In places, growers had run pivots to bring up late-planted soybeans and activate residuals.”
M.O. Way, Texas A&M Entomologist, Beaumont
“Rice is still doing well. Rice stink bug populations are somewhat normal. Cercospora (narrow brown leaf spot) is showing up in the Presidio variety. It’s been hot and dry, but we’ve received some significant rainfall amounts lately. Here at the Beaumont Center, it totaled 3.3 inches early in the week.”
Bobby Golden, Mississippi Extension Rice and Soil Fertility Agronomist
“The majority of our rice is flooded. In its weekly report on Monday, USDA estimated that 3% of our rice was headed. I haven’t seen any headed rice yet, but maybe there’s a field out there somewhere. I would say we’re 65% flooded.
“A couple more reports have come in about Roundup drift but not in any kind of wide area. Also, we’re being asked about rice that isn’t growing off very well or where seedling disease developed in later-planted fields. And I’ve seen a few places where late rice came up on lighter ground but then it dried up. Those roots ran out of moisture, which caused stand reduction.
“It’s rather astounding to me that we’re almost into July but we’re still dealing with problems relating to seedling rice. Also, people are trying to push some of this late-planted rice to flood as soon as possible, so they’re applying fertilizer on wet ground.
“In a normal season, we would be done with pre-flood fertilizer by the second week of June and everything would be very dry, so we’d have better conditions if someone did still needed to apply preflood nitrogen. But 2020 just won’t give us a break.”
Dustin Harrell, Louisiana Rice Extension Specialist, LSU Rice Research Station, Crowley
“Rice is moving along nicely. Things have shifted into a wetter weather pattern, and we’re seeing our first signs of disease, although disease is very minimal so far. Right now, people are reporting blast. But if this wet weather continues, sheath blight will increase, as well.