Tag Archives: Harvest

Arkansas rice, cotton harvests beat the cold; fruit may suffer

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After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms. The National Weather Service described Little Rock’s post-sunrise temperature as “22, feels like 9” degrees ... Read More »

Texas rice producers faced tough 2019, yields likely below average

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Texas rice growers faced a challenging 2019 due to early and late-season rains, according to a Texas A&M AgriLife Research expert. Dr. Ted Wilson, Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center director, Beaumont, said reports on yields and quality are too preliminary to determine likely outcomes, but he expects a below-average year due to late plantings and late rains that ... Read More »

Overcoming a slow start, California rice farmers expect a good crop

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• By Ching Lee • If early harvest results are any indication of things to come, California rice farmers say they should have a decent crop this year with good market conditions to match. Except for the late May rains that caused delays in planting for many growers, Colusa County farmer Don Traynham said the “very mild, good growing season” ... Read More »

Weather deals blow to Louisiana rice harvest

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• By Bruce Schultz • Farmers probably would like to forget the 2019 rice crop, which has been plagued by low yields. Bad weather from the start of the growing season through harvest is being blamed. “Growing conditions have been less than ideal,” said Louisiana State University AgCenter rice specialist Dustin Harrell. “We didn’t have good conditions at any one ... Read More »

2018 Arkansas rice production marks recovery from 2017 flooding

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Even if the fall of 2018 marked the “harvest that never ended,” Arkansas growers managed to pull enough rice from the land to mark a 30 percent increase over 2017’s disastrous numbers, which reflected the severe spring flooding of that year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released state-by-state crop and stock reports, the first new ... Read More »

Year of extremes took a toll on Arkansas rice and soybeans

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A year of weather extremes — from a hard-frozen winter to a summer of drought to seemingly endless rains in the fall — took its toll on both rice and soybean, two of Arkansas’s top crops. Rice, however, emerged from the fray in notably better shape. “It’s probably been the most problematic year out of the last several,” says Jeremy ... Read More »

What a difference a year makes

Sacramento Valley rice harvest

Just looking at mature California rice fields this year compared to last, you can see one big difference. Most of the rice is standing this year — last season, the situation was just the opposite. The 2017 rice harvest in California was marked by some of the worst lodging most growers could remember. If they had a field that was ... Read More »

Arkansas rice producers appear to have dodged a bullet from Gordon

Arkansas rice harvest near Hazen

Arkansas farmers accelerated harvest operations in the wake of excessive rains from the remnants of Tropical Storm Gordon, and those who are under way are making good crops. The Arkansas rice harvest is about 60 percent complete and seems to have survived the storm-related rains, says Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. ... Read More »

Texas rice growers see near-record yields, good grain quality

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Texas rice farmers are seeing near-record yields of good quality grain, and many are considering a second harvest, according to Texas A&M AgriLife Research experts. Dr. Lee Tarpley, AgriLife Research crop physiologist, Beaumont, says despite a few problems for some growers, a near-record yield is expected for producers who planted their fields early in spring. Producers in the state’s rice-growing ... Read More »