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REGIONAL CROP REPORT

Planting pace is steady in Coastal Region,
about to begin in North Delta

SOUTH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS

Planting continues to move along on the Gulf Coast. In Louisiana, I estimate that 45 to 50 percent of the acres are planted. The majority of those acres are in the southern- to mid-part of the region. PVL03 is still the most popular Horizon variety in Louisiana. In Texas, I would estimate that 35 to 40 percent is planted west of Houston, and planting will get kicked off this week east of Houston if the weather cooperates.

We received anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of rain with the frontal system that pushed through last week. Hopefully, this helped the possible salt issues that I discussed in the last update. I still think we will need a few rounds of these systems to make us completely comfortable.

I received a few calls this week about seedlings moving slower than expected. Even though daytime temperatures have been in the 70s, the plants are still hindered a little by the cooler- than-normal nighttime temps. The good thing about the weather is that unlike last year it has been mostly sunny. I believe, in a week or so, we will see growth really take off with warmer nights.

I would also like to remind everyone that the first application of Provisia® herbicide is to take place once rice is at two-leaf stage.

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

UPPER DELTA

Rice planting in Mississippi and Arkansas began in earnest Monday, March 28. Substantial rainfall is forecasted for much of the Upper Delta rice growing region Wednesday, March 30. As you read this report, we will know how much rain we received, as well as our first official estimate of rice planting intentions. The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Association (NASS) Prospective Plantings report is released at 11:00 a.m. March 31. Soil and nighttime temperatures are still on the cool side; however, Horizon Ag Clearfield® and Provisia varieties have excellent seedling vigor. The calendar is turning to April, so it’s definitely time to get going.

Fertilizer and fuel prices continue to “fuel” the uncertainty around rice acres. With recent messages out of California suggesting rice acres there may be less than 300K acres, I am having a hard time counting more than about 2.2M acres in the U.S.A., and that may yet prove to be too bullish.

Row rice has grown in popularity in recent years.

As a percentage of acres, it may be held in check to a certain extent due to higher N rates needed. Regardless, P, K and micronutrient nutrition must be monitored.

The flooded soil environment aids in nutrient availability and uptake of most nutrients. If nutrients are borderline in availability in a flooded environment, they can be yield-limiting in a row rice production system. Potassium, in particular, is a nutrient that has been limiting in some row rice systems we’ve observed. We don’t advocate spending more money in 2022 than is necessary to realize a return on investment, rather, we do advocate spending it where it is needed and saving where it is not needed.

In our next field report on April 14, you’ll begin to hear from our district field reps in the Upper Delta individually. We wish you the best as you begin planting and hope and pray for a successful 2022 season.

If you have any questions or need support from any of our North Delta Field Representatives, please reach out to them:

MISSISSIPPI AND NORTH LOUISIANA

Tim Jett
District Field Representative
901-687-6362

GRAND PRAIRIE, ARKANSAS

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

NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS

Chase Kagen
District Field Representative
870-273-9283

NORTHEAST ARKANSAS AND MISSOURI

Jason Satterfield
District Field Representative
901-347-9715