REGIONAL CROP REPORT
SOUTH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS
Planting in south Louisiana is slowing down as we approach being 85% planted. Planting on the west side of Houston is about completed as well. Planting in the Beaumont area is approaching 75% and still moving along.
Fields in south Louisiana are beginning to go to permanent flood if herbicide applications were able to be applied. Wind is still an issue, interfering with timely herbicide applications. We have had some warmer weather, but we are still having cooler than normal nighttime temperatures.
If you would like me to look at something or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
2022 Horizon Ag Louisiana Field Day
Please mark your calendars for the 2022 Horizon Ag
Louisiana Field Day on June 28.
It will be held on Christian Richard’s farm near
Kaplan beginning at 5:00 p.m.
MISSISSIPPI AND NORTH LOUISIANA
Planting continues to progress sporadically in my territory. We received multiple rains over the last week, some of them heavy in localized spots. Despite the weather, it was surprising how fast we were back in the field this week. The forecast finally shows an apparent break in the rain and warmer temperatures for the next 7–10 days.
As April comes to a close, I have customers who have completely wrapped up planting while others have yet to start. The rice that is up should respond well to the warmer weather and will reach permanent flood stage soon. I expect the bulk of the remainder of the rice crop to be planted 24/7 in the days ahead, where conditions allow.
GRAND PRAIRIE AND SOUTH ARKANSAS
The rain has caused another stall in planting progress. Certain areas did not receive a lot of rain out of the last system, and some planting may start later this week. I still think there is only about 10% of the acres planted so far. Of what is planted, approximately 90% is currently at a stand or beginning to emerge. Pre-emerge applications have been happening when the weather allows. If we can get a stretch of dry weather, things will move along rapidly. Unfortunately, the forecast for next week looks like more of the same.
NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS
Planting in my territory continues to be very hit or miss. Most of the acres planted in the last couple of weeks were planted within a 36-hour period. We continue to get rain every 4 to 5 days which, obviously, hinders big progress.
There will be several growers getting back in the field today (Wed.) and, hopefully, they will be able to plant for three days before the next rain event. To date, we are approximately 10% planted in my territory. There are high probabilities for rain at the end of this week and continuing into the early part of next week. It sounds like a broken record, but if this rain happens it could have a substantial impact on total rice acres grown in the state.
There have been several water-seeded situations in my territory. The most popular question regarding water seeding is what seeding rate should be used. We suggest a 10%-15% increase in seeding rate above the recommended drill seeding rate to establish an adequate stand.
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.
NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND MISSOURI BOOTHEEL
Rain has again dealt a blow to any chances of significantly moving the needle on planting progress. Most areas in Arkansas and Missouri received around an inch or more last night into today (April 25). It will take the entire week to even begin to dry up. Unfortunately, as you may have guessed, there is more rain scheduled for the coming weekend, and it won’t take much to keep us out of the field.
Maybe by the time this is published the extended forecast will have changed. If you’re looking for a bright spot, delayed planting has put temperature on our side. Once we do get planted, the crop should progress very quickly. All we can do now is be 100% ready to hit the ground nonstop once we get the opportunity.
Please call me if you need anything.
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