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by Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist - July 22, 2023
“They call me The Seeker, I've been searching low and high, I won't get to get what
A gentle weekend will be immediately followed by a return to the oven. Heat, sun,
and no rain may not be the worst thing. Once we approach heading, or get all the way
into it, warm and dry(er) can be the right move. We've had enough rain this summer
that we should be comfortable managing this crop the rest of the way out.
Essentially, once heading begins, the saying goes that only bad things can happen.
That's true. So warmer temps should stave off some disease pressure, and we can smooth
out the irrigation from here.
There has now been some rice drained, so there is real potential for early August
harvest for at least some rice out there. The majority will more likely be kicking
off middle to the third week of August. Temperature and humidity are the unknown variables
that time of year that we can't outguess.
Let us know if we can help.
Fig. 1. NOAA 7-day precipitation forecast.
2023 RREC Rice Field Day is Aug. 3
The 2023 Rice Field Day at the Rice Research & Extension Center at Stuttgart will
be held Thursday, Aug. 3. For more info: https://aaes.uada.edu/news/rice-field-day-2023/
2023 Pine Tree Field Day is Aug. 10
The 2023 Pine Tree Field Day at the Pine Tree Research Station near Colt will be held
Thursday, Aug. 10 covering rice and soybean. More info will be forthcoming.
The 2023 Rice College will be held Aug. 16, 2023, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (tentatively)
at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Rice Research and Extension
Center near Stuttgart. The station address is 2900 Hwy. 130 E., Stuttgart, AR 72160.
Crop consultants, industry personnel, and producers will see current research on many
of the production challenges Arkansas rice producers are experiencing today. Attendees
will participate in field presentations from UA Division of Agriculture personnel
and have the opportunity to take part in hands-on (boots on!) demonstrations. CEUs
will be available and lunch will be provided.
The program is still being finalized but plans include agronomy, fertility, weed science,
entomology, irrigation, and pathology tours.
Cost of attendance is $100 and you must register by Aug. 10 at the following link: https://uada.formstack.com/forms/2023_rice_college
The DD50 Rice Management Program is live and ready for fields to be enrolled for the
2023 season. All log-in and producer information has been retained from the 2022
season, so if you used the program last year you can log in just as you did last year.
Log in and enroll fields here: https://dd50.uada.edu.
The Arkansas Rice Advisor site https://riceadvisor.uada.edu functions like an app on your mobile device. There you can readily access the DD50
program, rice seeding rate calculator, drill calibration, fertilizer and N rate calculators,
publications, and more.
Arkansas Rice Updates are published periodically to provide timely information and
recommendations for rice production in Arkansas. If you would like to be added to
this email list, please send your request to email@example.com.
This information will also be posted to the Arkansas Row Crops blog (http://www.arkansas-crops.com/) where additional information from Extension specialists can be found.
More information on rice production, including access to all publications and reports,
can be found at http://www.uaex.uada.edu/rice.
We sincerely appreciate the support for this publication provided by the rice farmers
of Arkansas and administered by the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board.
The authors greatly appreciate the feedback and contributions of all growers, county
agents, consultants, and rice industry stakeholders.
Rice Extension Agronomist
Extension Weed Scientist
Rice Verification Coordinator
Extension Rice Pathologist
Extension Soil Fertility