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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 »

USDA predicts 2.71 million acres of planted rice, or 11% less, for 2021

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its perspective planting report for 2021, and it shows a reduction in rice plantings of about 326,000 acres — or about 11% — nationwide compared to 2020. Based on surveys that asked growers how many acres they plant to plant, USDA projects about 2.71 million acres of planted rice ... Read More »

We can only hope recent cold reduced overwintering pests

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Southeast Texas experienced a severe cold snap lasting almost a week beginning about Valentine’s Day. The temperatures (both high and low) were well below freezing for several days. Some Texans were still without power and water the week of Feb. 22. ‘I don’t know how the weather affected our Texas rice farmers, but possibly storage facilities, stored rice and farm ... Read More »

NASS acreage report shows 2.9 million acres of rice planted in 2020

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its 2020 acreage report shows U.S. rice growers planted slightly more than 2.9 million acres this season. That compares to about 2.5 million acres in 2019. This figures are for short-, medium- and long-grain combined. Leading the plantings was Arkansas with 1.43 million acres planted this year, up from ... Read More »

Dry weather aids fast start to rice planting in California this season

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• By Bruce Linquist • This morning, I was out with several members of our research team on the northwest side of the Sacramento Valley planting a variety trial. The grower we were working with had just finished planting all of his rice acreage (1,200 ac) yesterday (April 30). Pretty amazing how fast the rice is getting in this year. ... 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 »

Most Texas growers have wrapped up planting; conditions near ideal

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• By Steve Linscombe • Rice planting is progressing rapidly in the Texas rice production belt with some producers finishing earlier than normal. L.G. Raun, who farms near El Campo, planted his entire crop (CL151) in a three-day span from Feb. 29-March 2. “Other than a few herbicide application skips, the crop looks very good,” Raun said. On Monday, he ... Read More »

Arkansas rice planting intentions surprise some

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Arkansas growers intend to plant about 1.39 million acres of rice in 2020, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released March 31. The acreage is a rebound from 2019’s 1.15 million acres but still shy of 2018’s 1.44 million acres. The modest increase surprised some analysts, who expected acreage as high as 1.5 ... Read More »

USDA: U.S. rice producers say they’ll plant 2.84 million acres in 2020

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U.S. rice producers say they plan to plant 2.84 million acres this season, up 12% from the previous year’s planting intentions of 2.54 million acres, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service’s recently released planting intentions report. That compares to 2.946 million acres planted in 2018. The bulk of the acres — 2.1 million — will ... 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 »