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REGIONAL CROP REPORT

Dry, Hot Weather Creating Challenges in Many Areas

SOUTH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS

Harvest will begin soon in South Louisiana and the western rice belt of Texas. I expect the first fields to be harvested within the next week to 10 days in both regions. A few fields in the Beaumont area will not be much behind that schedule, but the majority of the crop in that area is now beginning to head.

I have gotten a few questions on when to drain your field for harvest, but the perfect time is not the same for every field. Timing is dependent on the type of soil that you have and how well the field drains. On lighter soils, I like the grain head to be two-thirds or so straw-colored when the water is turned off. On heavier soils, one-half of the head should be straw-colored.

I would like to take this time to thank everyone who attended our annual field day on June 28th. We had a great turnout and I really do appreciate everyone who came out to visit with us.

Corey Conner
District Field Representative
337-249-9523

Dr. Tim Walker (left) and rice farmers from Spain who attended the recent Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day near Kaplan.

MISSISSIPPI AND NORTH LOUISIANA

The crop in my region is progressing rapidly and considering the weather pattern for the last 30 days, the rice I’ve looked at recently looks impressive. The few problem calls I’ve had were nutrient related. Fortunately, those issues were observed and addressed early on, and the crop has responded well.CLL16 and PVL03 continue to impress with excellent vigor, growth and overall uniformity.

Nitrogen deficient rice on a farm in Tunica County, Mississippi

Some of the earliest-planted fields of CLL15 are splitting the boot and racing to the finish line. Next week’s temperature forecasts are more favorable than what we’ve encountered this week. For rice that is heading or getting close to heading, it is not a bad idea to hold a deeper flood with the hope of keeping the canopy a bit cooler.

There are a few grass escapes in isolated areas. The Provisia® Rice System with PVL03, and varieties that will be released in 2024 and beyond, is a very good system to consider for grass control. Even if fields don’t have red rice or weedy rice, using this system in rotation will help with grass control and extend the life of both Clearfield® and Provisia technologies into the future.

If I can help in any way, don’t hesitate to reach out.

Tim Jett
District Field Representative
901-687-6362

GRAND PRAIRIE AND SOUTH ARKANSAS

The rice crop has been moving along very quickly thanks to sunshine and high temps. Most of the crop is at midseason now, with a few later fields waiting to be flooded. I have gotten some calls about leftover grass in some fields that needs to be cleaned up. If you are going to try and get a salvage spray out, please be mindful of the cutoff dates for the chemicals you may be using.

Several fields are ready for the midseason shot of fertilizer. Midseason nitrogen should go out three weeks past preflood nitrogen incorporation and should be past green ring. One thing to be mindful of is the length of time it took to get a field flooded. Some fields are still trying to get to the bottom of the field due to the extreme heat and lack of rainfall this year. If it has taken you at least two weeks to establish the flood, I recommend putting the midseason nitrogen out once you get the field flooded. With that length of time, the rice that has been flooded the longest is ready for the midseason nitrogen and the last rice to be flooded has lost some nitrogen.

I have seen some flag leaves emerging on some of the very earliest-planted rice. We need a break in temps, and some rainfall would be very beneficial at this point.

William “Hutch” Hutchens
District Field Representative
870-273-9291

CLHA02 at Wingmead farm in eastern Prairie County, Arkansas

NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Heat, heat, and more heat seems to be the forecast, with no chance of rain in sight. Most of the early- planted rice has gone to flood, but not all of it went according to plan, and several acres are struggling due to delayed flooding because of multiple circumstances.

This delayed rice is showing signs of grass pressure and uneven growth. The abnormal heat has made going to and maintaining a flood extremely difficult because irrigation wells are struggling to keep up. Flood establishment has finally occurred on the later-planted rice.

As a result of the unfavorable weather patterns and the pressure on irrigation wells, herbicide efficacy has proven to be a real issue, with grass beginning to rear its ugly head this season. As we’ve seen over the last five years of its being commercially available, the Provisia Rice System is the cleanest and safest system by far. There have been instances of competing systems having to use a third application in emergency situations to try to control grasses.

The demonstration fields of CLL18 continue to confirm that it is much improved over previous Horizon Ag varieties. Please consider making plans to work this variety into your farm for 2023, as it will be a very limited launch.

I have received a few questions concerning fungicide applications and timing for the most effective outcome. Fertility rate and fungicide ratings for Horizon Ag varieties are available by downloading our new smartphone app.

As a reminder, we have made a change in location to our Horizon Ag Northeast Arkansas Field Day. It will be held on August 18 at the new University of Arkansas research station south of Jonesboro. Please be on the lookout for information and invitations in the coming weeks.

As always, please feel free to reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. Thank you for your continued support of Horizon Ag.

Chase Kagen
District Field Representative
870-273-9283

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND MISSOURI BOOTHEEL

Rain…what rain? For all the issues and problems rain dealt us this spring, we could sure use some now. It has been extremely hot and dry these past two weeks and that trend looks to continue through at least the rest of June.

Thankfully, we did get a little reprieve in temperature this past weekend, but that will be short-lived as things heat up again this week. The rice has taken off fast, especially in the fields that have been fertilized and flooded. Right now, it’s challenging to to keep up with pumping demand.

A few folks finished pulling the remaining levees last week, and that should wrap things up on that end. The crop is looking good and will continue progressing nicely with all of the heat units adding up. There may be some early rice in the region inching towards mid-season, but I am not officially aware of any yet.

Please give me a call if you have any questions.

Jason Satterfield
District Field Representative
901-347-9715