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Regional Crop Report September 14, 2020


After Hurricane Laura, Crop Races to the Finish Line


South Louisiana and Texas

The storm system that I mentioned in my last update ended up a Category 4 hurricane at landfall. Landfall was at 1 a.m. on Thursday, August 27, 2020, in Cameron, Louisiana. Laura is tied for the strongest storm to landfall in Louisiana. The other is a storm that struck in 1856. The southwestern part of Louisiana has extensive damage starting in Jefferson Davis Parish and moving west to the border. Hurricane-force winds were easily felt in central Louisiana. Rain was around 7 inches from the system. Grain storage for some farmers was damaged in Jeff Davis, Cameron and Calcasieu parishes. In this time of need for some people, it has been refreshing to see the help that neighbors, friends and strangers are giving to each other.

Harvest in South Louisiana is 95% complete. The late rice was impacted by Laura in two ways. The first is lodging; naturally, the high winds will knock the rice down. The second issue is the heads will be stripped of seed from the strong winds. The second crop seems to be not impacted too severely.

Harvest in the eastern part of Texas is moving nicely. I would say they are 70% complete. I believe they have minimal impacts from Laura. West of Houston, harvest is complete. Yields were excellent and then started to taper off later in the season.

If you would like me to look at something or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Corey Conner
District Field Representative
(337) 249-9523

Map shows peak wind gusts (mph) measured from Hurricane Laura throughout the region.

Mississippi and North Louisiana

Harvest is in full swing in my territory this week, as we’ve had a good spell of dry weather, and the moisture in a lot of the rice is getting right. Yield reports, overall, seem to be doing very well regardless of variety. There are some places where fertility, lack of sufficient stand or some other agronomic issue lingered, and you see the yield drag amplified due to how well everything else is doing.

There are some areas where farmers are having to cut down rice after Hurricane Laura and the subsequent 4 days of rainy weather that followed. However, the forecast looks good for harvest for the next 7-10 days, and there should be a lot of rice cut over that time period. I do think you’ll see a lot of farmers have to pull away and start cutting beans next week.

We still have a ways to go with harvest, but the early CLL15 has been impressive. CLL15 has shown very good straw strength/standability while holding some heavy rice, and it is early maturing compared to other varieties. We have also cut some large plots of CLL16 this week, and it’s been very good (200+ bushels per acre dry basis). It is definitely a different plant type in stature compared to CLL15 and has a little longer maturity. In addition, I look forward to cutting some PVL02 next week to see how it performs.

This is also a reminder that drift of soybean desiccants on late-maturing rice, even rice that is drained and has that “dry straw” look to it, can have a substantial negative impact on yield. If you have any questions or if I can help in any way, please don’t hesitate to call.

Tim Jett
District Field Representative
(901) 687-6362

Side by side view of CLL15 (left) and CLL16 (right) in Bolivar County, Mississippi.

South Arkansas and Grand Prairie

South Arkansas is harvesting like there’s no tomorrow. Overall, yield reports are positive. However, I’ve heard of some isolated issues with grain fill. We are trying to backtrack the growth stages to see what the weather was like during the pollination/grain filling window.

I am still hearing positive comments surrounding PVL01 and PVL02 and the overall Provisia® Rice System. Farmers have shared that the lower input costs associated with cleaning up weedy rice fields are a win-win.

Feel free to call with any questions.

Sunny Bottoms
District Field Representative
(225) 241-5526


North Arkansas

The overall condition of the rice crop looks extremely good considering the hurricane and the multiple thunderstorms that moved through the area last week. There is very little down rice, with the exceptions of field edges where fertilizer and seeding rates tend to be double due to overlapping.

With that being said, the 2020 rice harvest is officially upon us. A handful of farmers in my territory harvested this past weekend. The majority of harvest will kick off this week and should continue, with little to no rain chances in the immediate forecast.

There has been some fall tillage work being done as combines finish up, which is a great idea considering the last two spring planting windows we have had. Most of the rice fields in my territory are drained, and 95% of the rice will be drained by end of this week. The first of the strip trials in my area has been harvested, and the results continue to look promising for our new varieties. CLL15 showed a 20+ bushel yield advantage over CL151 in that data set. I hope to have the trials finished up by the end of the week.

The preliminary yield data coming in from farmers in my area seems to be very positive despite some of the adverse weather conditions they faced this year. I am continuing to receive calls from consultants and farmers who are very pleased with the Provisia® Rice System, specifically PVL02. As always if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give me a call. Thank you for your continued support of and partnership with Horizon Ag.

Chase Kagen
District Field Representative
(870) 273-9283

CLL16 being drained in Cash, Arkansas.

Northeast Arkansas and Missouri Bootheel

The vast majority of the rice has been drained, and what has not been drained should most likely be done this week. I had a couple of guys who were going to get started last weekend, but everything was pushed back because of cloudy, wet weather most of the prior week.

We had a sunny, dry Labor Day weekend, and the 10-day forecast promises more of the same, which should allow a lot of folks to get a good start into harvest. I should have a number of yield reports for our next email. Please call me with any questions, and stay safe during this harvest season.

Jason Satterfield
District Field Representative
(901) 347-9715