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REGIONAL CROP REPORT

Weather Challenges Persist But Crop Potential Overall is Good

SOUTH LOUISIANA AND TEXAS

The rice crop in South Louisiana and Texas continues to move along nicely. Heading will begin shortly in South Louisiana, and the area west of Houston will not be far behind. Scouting for disease needs to continue to stay ahead of any pathogens that may be present.

We continue to see and hear of the strong performance of the Provisia® Rice System in controlling grass and the weedy rice complex. PVL03 was a popular variety in 2022 and is looking like it is going to meet high expectations.

PVL03 looking good west of Houston, Texas.

I would like to remind everyone about our field day that will take place on June 28 at Christian Richards shop. It will be a great time to hear about the latest Provisia and Clearfield® varieties from Horizon Ag. The program will begin at 5:00 p.m., with speakers, followed by a great dinner.

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.

MISSISSIPPI AND NORTH LOUISIANA

The rice crop in Mississippi is rolling along for the most part, especially in the central and southern parts of the Delta. In the northern counties, there have been some challenges the last few weeks with weather that dragged out planting. Planting is all but finished now, with a significant number of acres looking like they will be prevent planted. The bulk of the crop is flooded or coming to a flood.

Horizon Ag CLL16 growing well in Tunica County, Mississippi.

There’s been a lot of fertilizer going out, and guys are trying to catch up on some preflood spraying where the rains had kept them out earlier. Some of the earliest planted, faster-maturing rice has reached the mid-season mark for field activities. Considering the weather we’ve had over the last month and some complications in spraying in some places, the crop is starting to really look good.

The crop in North Louisiana is progressing nicely. Similar to Mississippi, there’s been sporadic rain over the last few weeks. Planting has wrapped up and guys are focused on getting the crop to flood and cleaning up grass in some areas. A good amount of rice is being flooded or has already been flooded. There should be some fields approaching a mid-season application next week. Overall, it sounds like most folks are pleased with how their crop is shaping up.

Please feel free to call if I can help in any way. Thanks!

Tim Jett
District Field Representative
901-687-6362

GRAND PRAIRIE AND SOUTH ARKANSAS

Things are wrapping up around the territory. Only a few fields are left to be planted and a few levees left to be pulled. I am seeing planes working between rains today (Monday, June 6). We are getting to the end of the optimum window for fertilizing some early fields, but with the rain and wind many have experienced, we have not been able to get herbicides sprayed or fertilizer out on dry ground. Everyone is working to get management practices done as best as they can right now.

I have not heard of any rice reaching green ring yet, but some of the earliest flooded fields should be getting there within the next couple of weeks. We need some good weather to help get the rest of this rice sprayed, fertilized and flooded.

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

NORTH CENTRAL ARKANSAS

There are still several fields that need levees pulled, but the bulk of field planting is done in my territory. Most of the early-planted rice has begun going to flood, but some rice is still waiting for dry ground before the pre-flood N fertilizer application. This delay in flooding could cause a variety of issues, from grass pressure to unincorporated nitrogen. The later-planted rice has really emerged well due to warmer temperatures and should be ready for a flood in the next 2-3 weeks.

I have received several questions concerning N rates in CLL16 and CLL17Horizon 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 newly available app for your smartphone device.

The app is available by searching “Horizon Ag” in the App Store or Google Play or by going to http://onelink.to/zrpbkn on your mobile device.

We have made a change in location to our NEA field day and thanks to the University of Arkansas, we will be hosting our annual in-person field day at their new facility in Harrisburg on August 18. Please be on the lookout for information and invitations in the coming weeks. As always, feel free to 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 showers have caused a few issues over the past two weeks, and this week will only add to the difficulties. Yesterday (June 6), we received almost one inch of rain in Jonesboro and decent rain chances are possible today (June 7) and for the next few days. We have been in that window where folks wanted a rain, but, at the same time didn’t, and generally either received too much or just enough to slow them down.

Horizon Ag CLL16 at 3-4 leaf stage taken June 3 at Moody Farms near Cash, Arkansas.

A lot of fields have been trying to get both sprayed and levees pulled and because of sporadic opportunities. Weed pressure has definitely picked up in some areas. It is vital to yield potential to keep these fields as clean as possible in the early stages of vegetative growth. You can never salvage yield that is already lost. Also, we still have a lot of nitrogen to get out as we approach flood stage.

Another dry window would be a blessing at this point. But remember, it will get accomplished one day at a time and one field at a time. Please call if I can be of any help.

Jason Satterfield
District Field Representative
901-347-9715

New Seeding App Available

Horizon Ag has created and launched a new mobile app that rice farmers will find a valuable resource when it comes to variety selection and planting.

The Horizon Ag Productivity app provides easy access to seeding rates information and a drill calibration tool for 2022 Horizon Ag Clearfield® and Provisia® varieties. It also makes it easy to connect with retailers in your local area who sell top-performing Horizon Ag varieties like CLL16, CLL17 and PVL03.

The app is available by searching “Horizon Ag” in the App Store or Google Play or by going to http://onelink.to/zrpbkn on your mobile device.