REGIONAL CROP REPORT
SOUTH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS
Harvest has started in South Louisiana. A few fields were harvested last week, and I fully expect that many growers will begin by this weekend.
In the western rice belt of Texas, harvest has also begun, with a few fields harvested this week, and next week, they should begin to ramp up. As for the Beaumont area, rice is heading out, and harvesting should begin there in the next three to four weeks, although a few growers will be earlier than that.
I think that the crop has fared well up to this point in the season. We won’t actually know how good the rice is until it is in the bin, but I think we will have a good year with yields. All of our Horizon Ag Provisia® and Clearfield® varieties are looking like they will yield well. I am hoping for a dry harvest season for everyone and am definitely looking forward to hearing how yields turn out.
If you would like me to look at something or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
MISSISSIPPI AND NORTH LOUISIANA
The earliest-planted and maturing rice in my territory is heading out. Hopefully, the weather will be more favorable than the forecast says. I’m concerned about the potential for sustained excessive nighttime temperatures over the next two weeks.
I believe we will be draining a lot of rice the first week of August. We got rain (7/18) in many places in Mississippi that needed it. Unfortunately, the rain wasn’t as widespread as everyone would’ve liked.
Grass pressure appears to be higher than normal in Mississippi this year. In the last 10 days, I’ve talked to multiple folks about it and have started seeing it off the road more frequently than I did the weeks prior. It’s an issue, but hopefully it will not drastically impact yields.
Please feel free to contact me if I can help in any way.
GRAND PRAIRIE AND SOUTH ARKANSAS
Hot and dry weather continues to be the theme for this summer. I have heard several people comparing this year to the summer of 1980, and we’ll see how it compares when it comes to harvesting. The rice maturity ranges from green ring to heading across the territory. Almost all of the midseason applications have gone out, and some people are making fungicide applications for sheath blight.
Keeping water on the field during this drought, with the high demand from the crop, has been taxing. I have been seeing some late grass coming through the canopies around the territory, and this will be one of the grassier crops I have seen. Most fields are not too bad, however, and I believe the grass may be more cosmetic than yield damaging.
NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS
The little bit of rain we received the last few days was much needed and appreciated, but the heat has returned with a vengeance. Most of the early-planted rice ranges from stages between fungicide timing to already heading out. Rice that is heading and pollinating during this forecasted heat spell is very concerning for growers in my area. The later-planted rice is about 10 days or so away from boot, so there may be some hope for a break in the nighttime heat to help with overall rice crop health and production.
Grass has begun to rear its ugly head this season. The Provisia Rice System continues to show that it is a superior grass-control system and is also the least expensive program. There have been instances of competing systems having to use a third herbicide application in emergency situations to try to control grasses.
I have received a few questions concerning fungicide applications and timing for the most effective outcome. Early daytime applications and appropriate water volume are key to ensuring that the product reaches its target site.
Our demonstration fields of CLL18 continue to show that this variety, which will have a limited launch in 2023 and a full launch in 2024, has a lot of promise to continue raising the bar on yield performance without sacrificing quality. We encourage you to attend our Horizon Ag Field Day at the new University of Arkansas research facility in Harrisburg, where this new variety and other Clearfield and Provisia varieties will be highlighted.
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
Beyond water struggles, the crop is looking good. We finally received widespread rain from Jonesboro, Arkansas, to McClure, Illinois, this past Sunday night, with rain totals ranging from two-tenths of an inch up to two inches. It had seemed like an eternity since we had gotten rain, and I believe the main benefit may be the lifting of everybody’s spirits. For that, I’m thankful.
The majority of areas received close to one inch on average, although there were those few spots that missed out and got less. It is another extremely hot one this week, with highs in the triple-digits and lows in the upper 70s and low 80s. Be careful out there.
I have not heard much in the way of disease thus far, which is great news. The majority of rice is past midseason fertilization. I believe we have made up some ground on maturity despite the late planting. On the flip side, let’s hope things cool down before most of the rice starts popping heads up this way.
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