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2021 Arkansas rice, corn planting progress still behind average


• By Ryan McGeeney • Corn and rice growers were off to a strong start, planting 24% and 13% of total planned acreage, respectively. While the numbers were still well behind the five-year average for those crops at this point in the season, they still made for a marked improvement over 2020, nearly doubling year-to-year progress for mid-April. The progress ... Read More »

Rain stalls planting in Northeast Louisiana

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• By Bruce Schultz • Rice planting is wrapping up in south Louisiana, but wet weather has kept farmers out of the fields in the north. “It’s moving along pretty fast,” said Todd Fontenot, Louisiana State University AgCenter agent in Evangeline Parish. “A lot of rice has been planted in a short period of time.” He estimated 80% to 85% ... Read More »

Wet weather at planting slows Missouri growers

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• By Emily Woodall • Sporadic sunny skies after three months of steady rain have made planting a mixed bag in Missouri rice country. On Blake Gerard’s operation in nearby Cairo, Illinois, they planted their first rice acre of the year earlier this week. “We were blessed with some dry weather, three days of sunshine, and it was 80 degrees ... Read More »

With little early planting, COVID-19 impacts on Arkansas rice remain unknown

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Finally, some rice is in the ground. Barely. Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Thursday that a handful of growers began water-seeding rice, a technique that typically accounts for about 5% of all rice acreage in the state. “That’s the very first rice planted in Arkansas ... Read More »