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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 »

Record Texas heat likely missed rice flowering but could affect dry-down

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Most areas of Texas have set or tied high temperature records this summer, including a string of 100-plus days last week, according to the state climatologist. Although much of the state’s rice acres were planted early enough they are past the heat-sensitive flowering stage, growers who have already drained fields could be surprised by the hot, dry conditions. Dr. John ... Read More »

Specialists Speaking

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TEXAS Dr. M.O. “Mo” Way Rice Research Entomologist moway@aesrg.tamu.edu It was an ugly year Rice was planted on about 165,000 acres in 2016 compared to about 130,000 in 2015, according to the Texas Rice Crop Survey. This increase was due to release of water to farmers along the Colorado and Brazos Rivers following a wet winter, which helped fill upstream ... Read More »