LSU AgCenter releases 2018 rice variety survey results

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A combine transfers a load of rice into a cart in southwest Louisiana — photo by Bruce Schultz/LSU AgCenter

Dustin  Harrell, Louisiana State University AgCenter agronomist and Extension rice specialist, has released a detailed compilation of the varieties and hybrids planted and grown in the state during the 2018 season. New to this year’s data are water management practices, including furrow-irrigated race and alternate wetting and drying.

Harrell was helped in this monumental effort by Extension agents in rice-producing parishes, who contacted rice producers and seed distributors. In some cases, the survey results may not match up to Farm Service Agency certified planted acres. This could be due to several factors, such as large farming operations which farm in multiple parishes only reporting in one parish.

This survey contains information on:

1) Total rice production in each parish and the percentage of long, medium, and special purpose rice

2) Breakdown of long grain, medium grain, and special purpose varieties and hybrids grown

3) Ratoon and conservation tillage practices used in each parish

4) Planting and water management cultural practices used by farming operations in each parish

Survey results are available on the LSU AgCenter Website (


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