Rice harvest has mostly been on hold through a wide portion of our coverage area. That includes rice in southwest Louisiana, the lower Midsouth and east of Houston, Texas.


Rainfall totals have run 10 inches or more this week in some areas. More rain is in the forecast in the Midsouth through this weekend and well into next week.


Yields have slipped a bit more in southwest Louisiana.


In Texas, averages west of Houston are very strong in at least some areas. See comments by M.O. Way and DeWayne Dopslauf.


Rice stink bugs are building in later rice in Arkansas.


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David Hydrick, Hydrick’s Crop Consulting, Inc., Jonesboro, Arkansas

“I was in some fields today (8/8) that we could let go. We’re at least letting water seep down. Most of our rice is still 10 to 14 days away from letting the water go. We had a late planting season up here due to weather delays, so our crop isn’t as far along as it is south of us.


“We’re treating some stink bugs in rice. It’s nothing drastic, just 2 or 3 fields a day. We are supposed to move into more cloudy, rainy weather. It’s already muddy in places. Some areas received 2 to 3 inches of rain 2 days ago.”


M.O. Way, Texas A&M Entomologist, Beaumont

“Randy Waligura, owner of Texana Seed in Garwood, said today (8/8) that about 80% of the main crop had been cut in that area and those yields are the best ever on the Garwood Prairie. Conventional rice, he said, is averaging in the mid-50s to low 60s (barrels/acre) at 20% moisture. He reported that hybrids are averaging in the low to high 60s, also at 20%.


“Some farmers are well into second-crop production. They’ve already applied nitrogen and flooded up. Others have just cut their stubble and want to apply nitrogen but are holding back because fields are wet from recent rains.”


Gus Lorenz, Arkansas Extension IPM Specialist

“Rice stink bug (RSB) numbers went down over the last couple of weeks but are going up now in some late-planted fields that are just starting to head. Our threshold in the first 2 weeks of heading is 5 stink bugs per 10 sweeps. Folks in the field are reporting 10 to 20 on 10 sweeps and upwards of 15 to 30 per 10 sweeps in places. As more of the earlier rice cuts out, they’re clearly targeting these later fields.”


Harold Lambert, Independent Consultant, Innis, Louisiana

“All of our rice was behind crawfish this year and it’s into heading –from 60% to 100% headed. Most of it already has had one rice stink bug spray and we’ll possibly do more in places.”


DeWayne Dopslauf, Crop Production Services, Wharton, Texas

“Except for a little acreage that’s a bit behind, we’re pretty well in full harvest – either drained, being harvest or waiting for the weather to clear up long enough for combines to run.


“Overall, maybe 25% of the rice I have this year has been cut. Probably all of that will be ratooned.


“A lot of rice has been drained but the weather has been so crummy that it will be 5 or 6 days before any cutting could start, particularly on the east side of Houston. It’s been raining pretty constantly there for a week.


“Some areas around Beaumont have been drained for 2 weeks for sure and almost 3 weeks in places, but you just can’t get in. One grower said it took a week to cut a 20-acre field.


“On the west side of Houston, we were shut down for a few days, but most everybody ran pretty good. We got a few showers west of Houston today (8/10) but have harvested at least a little more.


“In places where harvest hasn’t started, I’ve noticed a bit of rice starting to lean. After a little storm, a small amount of rice has gone down – but nothing terrible.


“On the west side of Houston, we’ve got some pretty good rice. It’s mostly hybrids and is averaging in the mid 50s (barrels/acre), but I’ve heard about few averages into the low 70s.


“So far, nobody has reported yields among the varieties. They were the next in line to be harvested but the weather slowed down the progress.


“Rainfall has varied. Around Beaumont and that general area, it’s rained 4 to 8 inches. That fell on and off in the last 5 to 7 days, depending on the location. West of Houston, it’s rained 1 to 4 inches around El Campo and Wharton County. At Eagle Lake, it’s been more like 0.5 to 1.0 inch.


“For any number of reasons, we don’t need rain right now. I started defoliating cotton and now it’s raining on top of it.”


Amy Beth Dowdy, ABD Crop Consulting, Dexter, Missouri

“I’ve slowly started draining a few fields and will be to that point next week with some more. Where I’ve started, I pulled the boards on 6 fields and turned off the pumps on several others. That was on heavy ground that will stay muddy for another 10 days without more rain.


“Rain is in the forecast for tomorrow (8/11) and maybe there’s a chance for 1 to 2 inches into the weekend.


“We’ve started finding armyworms – in one field yesterday and 2 more today. The grass was mowed on levees along a large drainage ditch in the area, which pushed the worms into rice. On one farm, armyworms were out in the field and I’ll probably spray all of it. With the other 2 fields, worms were on edges and I think it will be okay just to border spray.


“Where I’m spraying the whole field, the flag leaf isn’t out yet, and I want to be on the safe side. We saw a pretty good moth flight. One farmer said today that the scout who checks his soybeans found worms in some of those fields, too.”


Jarrod T. Hardke, Arkansas Extension Rice Specialist

“We’re wishing for better days ahead. The rain keeps holding us up from harvesting rice, and it’s getting frustrating, to say the least. I’m not implying that it’s as bad as what we went through last year, but conditions are kind of taking shape along those lines.


“Along with rain, temperatures have been mild, which the rice likes. But lack of sunshine and heat are dragging out the time it takes for rice to mature.


“One person found a few grains sprouted on the head. I know that some soybeans have sprouted in the pods. Again, it’s nothing bad like last year.


“In southeast Arkansas, a significant amount of that area’s crop is ready for cutting but it’s raining right now. In fact, all last week people would have been cutting, given the chance, but rain and wet conditions put a damper on most of that.


“So far, this week, it’s already rained 10 to 12 inches in some areas in southeast Arkansas. Enough rain is in the forecast that I can’t imagine that anyone will be running a combine this week. I can’t really report any yields yet, based on what little rice has been cut. From quick conversations, I know that some growers are happy and others are disappointed.


“Late-season disease remains a concern. Yeshi Wamishe (Extension Plant Pathologist) posted an update on late-season rice diseases and effects this rain might have on them. Make it a point to review that.”


Bobby Golden, Mississippi Extension Rice and Soil Fertility Agronomist

“It’s wet. That’s an understatement. Rain has varied a good deal and some parts of the Delta are wetter than others. I’ve received 8 inches of rain at my home in the Leland area but it hasn’t rained as much north of Clarksdale and below U.S. 82.


“We had pulled the gates on some of our rice at Stoneville but it rained enough that water ran over the levees.


“More rain is in the forecast (as of 8/10). Those chances extend into next Saturday (8/19), so this isn’t over yet. Growers began draining a significant chunk of acreage 5 to 7 days before this rain set in. A very limited amount of acreage has been cut. No yield reports yet.”


Dustin Harrell, Louisiana Rice Extension Specialist, LSU Rice Research Station, Crowley

“It’s still raining almost daily in southwest Louisiana. Growers have been harvesting where they can but opportunities have been scant lately.


“In the ratoon crop, rice is coming back strongly in a lot of cases. That’s a big positive. With all the rain and fear of rutting up fields, people weren’t able to do as much stubble management – either mowing or rolling – as they wanted. So far, though, the second crop is off to a favorable start.



“The negative right now is that average yields have slipped a bit since last week. They were running in the mid 40s (barrels/acre) but are now trending in the low 40s. We do, in fact, have some really good yields, based on reports people are sending me. But the averages are being brought down by those in the 30s.


“Yesterday (8/11), USDA’s certified acres report showed Louisiana with 393,000 planted acres, which was about 7,000 acres lower than we had been estimating all year.


“One of the interesting points was that Missouri’s acres topped Mississippi’s pretty significantly. Missouri’s certified acres were at about 165,000 versus 114,000 for Mississippi. That puts Mississippi last in terms of acreage among the major rice states. Missouri’s certified acres were only about 5,000 acres less than Texas has this year.


“Among the minor states, Oregon showed up with 2,000 acres. I wonder what the story is on that?”


Curt Johnson, CRC Ag Consulting, LLC, Lake Village, Arkansas

“We’ve been draining 20% to 25% of our rice. To my knowledge, nothing in my area (as of 10/11) has been harvested.


“Everything is getting ready and in the next 2 weeks a big portion of my rice will be drained. We’re within 10 days of actually cutting some of the earliest fields – weather permitting.


“We’ve had some pockets of rice stink bugs – not enough to treat in places but in other locations the numbers were elevated to the point that we had to take care of them.


“This rain has affected everything. Some people figured they would be halfway through with corn harvest by now but all of that has been on hold. Where they have cut, corn has averaged 220 to 230 bu/acre dry weight. This week, I turned loose of 20% to 25% of my soybeans. In pockets, we’ve had to spray a little for redbanded stink bugs in later fields.”



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