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REGIONAL CROP REPORT

Hot Weather Pushing Crop Along Quickly In Many Areas

SOUTH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS

Heading of the rice crop has begun in South Louisiana and west of Houston. As always, the weather will be a key factor as the crop finishes up. It has been hot and will continue to be hotter than normal for the next few days. The forecast calls for normal or a little less than normal rain.

Speaking of the heat, the number we need to worry about is the nighttime temperature. Rice can handle hot conditions during the day, but as nighttime temperatures rise, the plant will use more stored carbohydrates. Those carbohydrates are not available for seed fill later on. When nighttime temperatures get above 75 degrees, this process begins, and the higher that number gets, the more of a problem it causes.

Dr. Adam Famoso, rice breeder at the LSU AgCenter, standing in promising advanced Provisia lines at the LSU AgCenter
Dr. Adam Famoso, rice breeder at the LSU AgCenter, standing in promising advanced Provisia lines at the LSU AgCenter

I would like to remind everyone about our field day that will take place on June 28 at Christian Richard’s shop in Kaplan. The program will begin at 5:00 p.m.

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

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.

Short and sweet from me this week. The crop that I have been able to put eyes on looks pretty good and the folks I’ve talked to are pleased with how everything is progressing. We’re all over the board in terms of growth stage. I looked at a field yesterday that was past mid-season, and across the gravel road, there was some rice just getting its first shot of fertilizer and having levees pulled.

Flooded CLL16 in Bolivar County, Mississippi
Horizon Ag CLL16 growing well in Tunica County, Mississippi.

There are grass issues in some places, but considering the conditions we’ve had, the crop looks good. In the few places I have the Provisia® Rice System, it looks to be doing the job and overcoming some pretty strong pressure.

Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.

Tim Jett
District Field Representative
901-687-6362

GRAND PRAIRIE AND SOUTH ARKANSAS

Things are finally moving along, and they are moving along quickly with the temperatures we are having. The earliest rice out there is now jointing, and some mid-season applications will be made this week.

Remember that you have to be at or past green ring, and you must be at least three weeks past incorporating the pre-flood nitrogen before you need to make your mid-season application. If we are any earlier than that, the rice is still taking up the pre-flood nitrogen, and we will not get as much use out of the mid-season nitrogen application.

We still have some levees being pulled, but I think at least 50% of the rice has gone to flood at this point. If you have any questions, please let me know.

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

NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS

We are finished with rice planting in my territory and overall acres appear to be off significantly for an “even number” year. Most of the early planted rice has gone to flood, but not all of it went according to plan and a few acres are delayed waiting on the correct wind. This delay in flooding could cause a variety of issues, from grass pressure to unincorporated nitrogen.

The excessive heat has made going to and maintaining a flood extremely difficult because the irrigation wells are struggling to keep up. The later-planted rice is having the same difficulties establishing a flood as a result of near-record temperatures, which increase the pressure on irrigation wells and create a challenge in getting the right wind direction for herbicide applications.

Although the elements have not been conducive to an ideal start to the growing season, the rice looks very clean and uniform thus far. The demo fields of CLL18 that I have in my territory look uniform and healthy, with an above-average root mass compared to the other varieties in the field.

CLL18 on left (darker green) and CLL16 on right in Poinsett County, Arkansas
CLL18 on left (darker green) and CLL16 on right in Poinsett County, Arkansas

I have received several questions concerning fertility in CLL16 and CLL17. Horizon Ag recommends 90-150 lbs. of N/acre on CLL16 and 90-130 lbs. of N/acre on CLL17. As a quick reference to seeding and fertility questions concerning Horizon AG varieties, please download our new smartphone app.

We have changed the location of our Horizon Ag Arkansas Field Day for 2022. Thanks to the University of Arkansas, we will be hosting our annual in-person field day at their new facility near Harrisburg. Please be on the lookout for information and invitations in the coming weeks.

As always, 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