Harvest has gained momentum in the coastal belt. See Dustin Harrell’s comments about yield trends in southwest Louisiana.


More rice is being drained in the Midsouth.


Rice stink bugs (RSB) are still being treated in Arkansas. After a lull in activity, numbers built again in some fields. But as our contacts continue to report, pressure has been spotty – thresholds in places but hardly any in other fields. How much of this later infestation is tied to grass escapes will be a point for Extension personnel to ponder over the winter.


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Gus Lorenz, Arkansas Extension IPM Specialist:

“We had a little lull with rice stink bugs (RSB) as a lot of rice headed and the insects dispersed. It didn’t seem like much was going on, but we’ve now seen numbers go up over the last 7 days in a lot of fields. That’s particularly the case in fields going from soft to hard dough. For some reason, RSB are moving into that rice, which is in about the third week of heading.


“People keep asking when they can let that rice go and not have to spray RSB. I’m advising them that they can terminate RSB control when 60% of the rice is at hard dough. This sudden return of stink bugs has surprised a bunch of folks. Last week they were hardly finding any, then suddenly they’re counting 15 to 20 per 10 sweeps. In weeks 3 and 4 of heading, the threshold is 10 per 10 sweeps.


“We still have rice that’s pretty green and just starting to head, and in places those fields are running fairly big numbers – 25 to 30 per 10 sweeps. Keep in mind that the threshold in the first 2 weeks of heading is only 5 per 10 sweeps.”


Richard Griffing, Griffing Consulting, LLC, Monterey, Louisiana:

“About 50% of my rice has been drained and the rest probably will be drained within 10 days. I’m also scouting a good bit of row rice and it looks good. It rained yesterday (7/30), so we’re officially through watering those fields.”


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

“We’re letting go of a few rice fields. These were early fields where we saw rain coming and flew on fertilizer and it got watered in. That rice finished about a week earlier than anything else, but I think we’ll be to that point with more fields next week. The really early stuff is starting to turn down now.


“Where we didn’t spray for rice stink bugs (RSB) earlier, we’re having to come back now. The numbers aren’t huge. The most we’ve seen has been maybe 15 on 10 sweeps. These were fields that were clean as far as grass goes, so there wouldn’t seem to be a reason for RSB to be in them.


“With a few fields, we’re having to spray twice – an early application went out and now we’re coming back again. RSB are reproducing in rice now. I wouldn’t say this is one of the worst years for RSB but numbers have at least been above average.


“It’s been hot and dry enough that we really haven’t had much sheath blight. We also haven’t had any major problems with blast. Even in fields where you expect it, blast hasn’t been that bad. All in all, it’s been a pretty decent year.”


Scott Holder, Helena Chemical Co., Cleveland, Mississippi:

“A fair amount of acreage is being drained this week, probably 40% of it. I thought draining started a tad early, but one guy said he began draining last year on August 3, so maybe there’s not much difference this year.


“With all the wet and cold weather in the spring, I thought the crop would have been delayed. But I guess that warmer weather in May and June gave rice a chance to catch up. Some rice went through at least 2 frosts but made it.


“We probably sprayed half of our fields for rice stink bugs. In some fields, we couldn’t find any but in other places they clearly needed attention. Most of our rice is headed. Exceptions would be where it was planted late behind dirt moving.


“Some corn was cut yesterday (8/1) around Shaw, I was told, and it’s going to the dryer. But with most of our corn, we’re a couple of weeks away from widespread harvest.”


Charles Denver, Denver Crop Consulting, Watson, Arkansas:

“A few early fields have been drained but most people are just starting. At least a bit of fertilizer is still going out. It’s the heading shot on hybrids where it was too wet earlier to make the applications.


“Rice stink bugs (RSB) have been spotty. A whole bunch turned up in some fields but in other rice we couldn’t find any. It was kind of weird but mostly seemed to track with the grass. Where grass was heavy in the field, RSB were heavy, too. As things look now (8/2), we’ll see harvest start in a field or two around August 15-20.”


Bobby Golden, Mississippi Extension Rice and Soil Fertility Agronomist:

“Probably 70% of the crop is headed and the early crop is drying down and more fields are being drained every day. If everything holds, we should see the first rice harvested within the next 10 days (from 8/2).


“A few insect issues have come to light. Jeff Gore (Extension Entomologist) looked at some billbug activity in row rice. The farmers thought they were finished with watering but it looks like they’ll have to go a little longer to drown out the bugs. Over the last few days, he also checked out some grasshopper damage in rice. Fungicides are still going out on the later planted rice.”


Jack Haney, South Arkansas Crop Consulting, Pine Bluff, Arkansas:

“We’re just getting into draining. I started last week in my very earliest rice and then we moved into a lull before we’ll drain any more. But in 2 weeks we should be draining in earnest. The last of our rice is 3 or 4 weeks out. We’ve treated a little for stink bugs here and there, nothing terrible, and I haven’t sprayed all my fields yet.



“I don’t think any rice in my area will be cut for at least 2 weeks, although a few people may try a little here and there before then.


“None of my growers have started harvesting corn, although a little was cut in the area last Thursday. We may try to start in some next week but hand samples were still running 30% moisture last week. I’m hoping to terminate some early beans tomorrow (8/3). Everything else is probably at R6 and we’re still 2 to 3 weeks out from turning loose of many beans at all.”


Jarrod T. Hardke, Arkansas Extension Rice Specialist:

“Continue watching for any sheath blight or blast movement. We have had somewhat milder weather with nice breezes, and that’s probably helped with diseases. The air movement is drying off plants earlier in the day than we’ve seen in several weeks.


“Overall, crop conditions continue looking pretty good. Draining is picking up speed in south and central Arkansas and water will be pulled on a couple of fields tomorrow (8/3) in northeast Arkansas.


“When deciding to drain, remember that our recommendation is to begin on loamy soils when two-thirds of the kernels are straw colored. On clays, begin when a third to half of the kernels are straw colored. That’s perhaps a little on the conservative side, but you don’t want to mess up by draining a couple of days too early.


“This is the point when we might see birds feeding on rice as it’s heading. That rarely gets severe enough to matter but products are available and we’ve tested them. It costs $12 to $15 to treat, depending on the rate, and these repellents work well for 14 days if it doesn’t rain much. It’s at least an option if necessary.”


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

“In southwest Louisiana, we continue seeing strong early yields (click here for the latest yield reports). It’s still early, of course, but if yields continue trending along these lines, we could finish the season with a near-record average.


“Keep in mind, though, that yields are always strong in the early part of harvest but then can taper off some, so we’ll have to see how they hold moving forward.


“The weather has been an issue this week. Afternoon showers have kept combines out of the field, and we’ve seen lodging due to some of these storms. We have clear conditions today (8/2) but it looks like wet weather will be with us to some degree for a while.


“In northeast Louisiana, more fields are being drained and growers are moving closer to harvest.”




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