REGIONAL CROP REPORT
SOUTH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS
Harvest in South Louisiana has been a struggle for the past week, with rain showers across the region. Still, early yield reports show promise of a great crop this year. The weather needs to cooperate before growers get too far behind in the schedule. I estimate that 20% or so is harvested in South Louisiana.
In the western region of Texas, harvest is progressing, and yields seem to be above average. The weather is cooperating with harvest, but the region is extremely dry, and making a second crop will not be an option for some growers. I believe that about 30% is harvested west of Houston. In the Beaumont region, harvest is just beginning, but the pace will pick up shortly.
Yields so far this year have been pretty good. PVL03has consistently been in the mid-40s to the mid-50s barrels-per-acre range. Early sampling suggests PVL03 will have package-quality milled rice, which is excellent news. The few reports of CLL17 that I have heard have been in the 50s (barrels per acre).
If you would like me to look at something or have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
MISSISSIPPI AND NORTH LOUISIANA
RAIN! We finally got substantial rain across a good portion of my territory in Mississippi over the weekend (7/30-7/31). There’s also was a good forecast for North Louisiana for rain Monday (8/1), and it would be very welcome.
The bulk of the rice in my territory is headed in some form or fashion. I’m starting to hear some talk of draining, and I’d guess that some of the earliest rice will start to get drained towards the end of the next week. It seems like it always turns into a good-natured race this time of year in terms of who is going to cut first. Looking at some of that early rice late last week, it was not as far along in maturity as it looked from the road. Walking out in it, the variability in maturity was more spread out than we’re used to seeing, probably a result of erratic emergence in the spring.
The rice does seem to be filling well and hopefully the weather will be cooperative going into harvest. Please reach out if you have any questions or if I can help in any way.
GRAND PRAIRIE AND SOUTH ARKANSAS
We finally received the rain that we were all looking for. I am hearing we received anywhere from 1-3 inches of rain, depending on what part of the territory you are in. It was welcomed with open arms and has taken some pressure off many farmers who have not had a break from irrigation in a while.
The rice ranges in maturity from boot to hard dough. I have seen only one field that has been drained in the territory, but I suspect there will be more not far behind. I think we are still a couple of weeks from the main push of draining, but many are ready to pull the plug. Remember not to drain too early. We have worked hard to get to this point, and we sure don’t want to drop the water before the crop is ready. We are looking for 60% straw-colored kernels on mixed to light soils and 50% on clay soils. I haven’t heard of too many people having to spray for stink bugs yet, and, with a lot more of the crop heading, hopefully, the pests are spreading out.
NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS
The season of field days is fast approaching, and, with that in mind, please mark your calendar to attend the Horizon Ag Arkansas Field Day on August 18 at the new University of Arkansas Northeast Rice Research and Extension facility.
Most of the rice planted in my territory has headed. Approximately 65% to 70% of the rice in my territory is flowering or has flowered in the last two weeks, and this is a bit concerning with the weather patterns we have had lately.
The grass pressure continues to be immense on much of the rice, and the conventional and aromatic varieties appear to have much worse grass pressure this season due to the drought stressed conditions early on. 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
Thursday through Sunday of last week, my region received ample rainfall to the tune of multiple inches in most places. Areas around Jonesboro received 4-plus inches. That should help finish out some corn and give a much-needed break to the bean and rice wells. Besides some of the grass issues that finally reared their ugly heads in recent weeks, the rice crop is still moving along nicely. A lot of the grass problems were moisture related, and there was not much most growers could do about it.
The vast majority of rice in my territory is at or near heading. Thankfully, temperatures for pollination look to be in our favor compared to those experienced by growers in the southern regions of the state. We do, however, have a number of rain showers in the forecast, and that can pose other problems.
CLL18 is looking really good in our seed production in Missouri. It still exhibits a dark green color, even later in season, and is a really nice plant type overall. We look forward to providing more information about CLL18 at the Horizon Ag Field Day on August 18 at the new University of Arkansas research station located south of Jonesboro.
Please reach out to me if you have any questions.