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FSA: More than 747,500 acres of rice went unplanted this season

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More than 19.4 million acres of farmland nationwide went unplanted this season, according to an Aug. 12 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency. This marks the most prevented plant acres reported since FSA began releasing the report in 2007 and 17.49 million acres more than reported at this time in 2018. Of those prevented plant acres, ... Read More »

A case of feast or famine in Arkansas

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While farmers in southeastern Arkansas prepare for the rising Arkansas River, some of their colleagues are coping with the opposite problem: dry fields. As of Friday’s (May 31) forecast, the river at Pendleton in Desha County was expected to reach 36 feet on June 6-7, well above the record of 34.1 feet. “You know, what’s weird is we have all ... Read More »

2019 Mid-South rice planting season appears to be running in slow motion

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The 2019 rice planting season seems like it’s running in slow motion. Nationwide, slightly more than half of the anticipated acres had been planted as of May 12, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress report. That compares to 81 percent at the same time in 2018. Bobby Golden, Mississippi State University Extension rice agronomist, says growers in ... Read More »

If you’re consider water seeding, weed control can be more challenging

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• By Tommy Butts • Heavy and relentless rainfall this spring has led to interest in water-seeding rice. This method can be an effective seeding strategy (Fig. 1); however, weed control becomes a bit more challenging, especially with residual herbicides and their potential to cause crop injury. If considering water-seeding rice, here are some weed control recommendations specific to water-seeding. ... Read More »

California rice planting takes off after a delayed start

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• By Ching Lee • After a late start, California rice planting is finally ramping up in the Sacramento Valley. Late spring rains kept fields wet and farmers from working their ground, shortening this year’s planting season, with some acres expected to be left fallow because farmers won’t have enough time to plant them. Colusa County grower Kurt Richter, who ... Read More »

2019 planted rice acres expected to decline 3%, says NASS report

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Planted rice acres for 2019 are only expected to decline about 3 percent from 2018, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Services’ Prospective Plantings Report released March 29. Altogether, growers say, they plan to plant 2.87 million acres this year compared to 2.946 million acres in 2018. Growers in the top three rice-producing states — Arkansas, California and Louisiana — ... Read More »

Rain, rain, go away!

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For many Arkansas farms, the view is the same: water, mud and more water. “With many areas still struggling to dry out from wet weather over the past couple of months, there isn’t much good news over the next week,” the National Weather Service at Little Rock said on March 8. “Rainfall amounts could exceed 3 inches across the southeastern ... Read More »

Wet winter delays field prep, making early rice planting less likely

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Continuously wet conditions further delayed field preparation throughout much of Arkansas this week, as intermittent rains continue to saturate soils in the state. At production meetings organized by the University of Arkansas in January and February, both growers and agronomists noted the delay in field preparation for the 2019 planting season. Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the Division of Agriculture, ... Read More »

A mixed market

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Although it’s still too early to tell, delayed planting could shore up at least short-term prices. By Kurt Guidry — Information coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture over the past several weeks has been mixed in terms of providing direction to the rice market. USDA’s planting intentions report at the end of March was generally viewed as positive as ... Read More »