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South Louisiana and Texas

Weather has mostly cooperated with growers the past few weeks. Harvest is beginning to wind down in southern Louisiana and the western Texas Rice Belt. I would estimate we are close to 80% harvested with the first crop in southern Louisiana, and close to the same west of Houston. The region east of Houston is harvesting full force now and it is moving along quickly. Milling reports have been pretty solid on the earlier harvested rice. Yields are beginning to fall off a little bit, which is normal the later you get into harvest 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

Maturing CLL17 in Craighead County, Arkansas.
Maturing CLL17 in Craighead County, Arkansas.

Mississippi and North Louisiana

Harvest is upon us in my territory. I am seeing and hearing of more and more fields drained this week. There was some very limited harvest going in North Louisiana prior to this week, but I look for both North Louisiana and Mississippi to really get started this week.

Glyphosate drift has reared its ugly head again in Mississippi as I looked at a rather large block of rice that took a devastating blow. Hopefully, that doesn't become a trend as we get into harvest. The challenge of delayed maturity also remains for areas affected by the June flooding event. There are numerous fields where the top half is ready and the bottom portions are 10 days or more behind from flood stress.

I'm hopeful that despite all the issues, this crop is going to overcome a lot of the early challenges. Please let me know if I can help in any way.

Tim Jett
District Field Representative
(901) 687-6362

Field demo comparing CLL16 performance (left) to FP7521(right) in row rice.
Field demo comparing CLL16 performance (left) to FP7521(right) in row rice.

North Arkansas

Harvest will begin toward the end of this week or the early part of next week in the southern portion of my territory. Harvest in the northern portion could begin as early as the first week in September. Overall, the rice crop looks very good and, for the most part, it has stayed fairly clean. Much of the crop has potential to have average to above average yields. The Provisia® Rice System continues to be the cleanest rice in my territory. When thinking about potential Provisia acres on your farm, I have had conversations with growers who have informed me that it’s easy to stretch your farm another year when you look at its conditions in the winter. But, if you want to make the most accurate decision of Provisia, the best time to check your farm for the need is now.

We are excited about the appearance and potential of CLL16 in both flooded and row rice systems. With CLL16, you get early season vigor, ability to quickly close the canopy, excellent disease resistance and yield potential that will allow it to be a very good fit in row rice production systems. With harvest quickly approaching, many growers are anxious to begin with some of the new varieties offered by Horizon Ag. As always, if you have and questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to give me a call. Thank you for your support of Horizon Ag.

Chase Kagen
District Field Representative
(870) 273-9283

Drained CLL16 approaching harvest at the Flanigan Farm near Cash, Arkansas.
Drained CLL16 approaching harvest at the Flanigan Farm near Cash, Arkansas.

Northeast Arkansas and Missouri Bootheel

August weather has returned, and it has been hot and dry this week. In my territory, draining began on the earliest maturing fields in mid-August. As hot and dry as it has been, folks have been hesitant to pull the plug too early. That said, there were scattered rainfall events across my area late last week, which helped push some of those management decisions along.

Currently, a number of rice acres up this way are being drained or are on schedule to be drained, and by the end of next week there should be a lot of rice that has had the plug pulled. Harvest will begin a little later than average this year, but by mid- to late September things will be wide open. As yield reports begin to trickle in, I will be sure to keep you updated. Please stay safe during harvest season and feel free to reach out if I can be of any help.

Jason Satterfield
District Field Representative
(901) 347-9715

 

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