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Delta Farm Press
by Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist - September 8, 2023
“It’s those changes in latitudes, changes in attitudes, mothering remains quite the
same, with all of our running and all of our cunning, if we couldn’t laugh, we would
all go insane.”
Labor Day created more work for many. “Scattered” storms pretty well scattered out
enough to tag everybody at one point or another. The majority of the delta saw varying
degrees of rain (1-3 inches) and wind (some 50-60 mph) on Monday. For whatever reason,
Mississippi Co. took it the worst, but most felt the sting to some degree.
There is now a lot of rice out there with some amount of lodging at least getting
started. The initial impact appeared slight from the prairie up the Hwy. 49 corridor
with the worst effects east of the ridge. However, the past couple of days showed
that we were working on a delayed fuse as more rice has caved in and leaned harder
since the early part of the week. Some amount of pancakes all around.
Yield reports continue to be positive, but certainly lodged rice can take the edge
off of our efficiency. And rice that goes down generally doesn’t hold onto all the
rice it was carrying. Given that we’re already on the poorer side of milling, rice
kernels down in moist conditions of lodged rice aren’t going to help us out.
Good news? Thinking… thinking… Well, it does appear that the extended forecast is
for cooler temps with minimal rainfall chances, so there’s that and maybe it will
be true this time. We’re also well ahead of harvest progress compared to any recent
years. Alright, alright, alright.
Let us know if we can help.
Fig. 1. NOAA 7-day precipitation forecast.
Fig. 2. Arkansas rice harvest progress, 2012-2023.
Fig. 3. Aerial view of downed rice.
Fig. 4. Ground level view of downed rice.
Table 1. Preliminary DD50 Planting Date Studies, RREC, Stuttgart, AR.
RT 7331 MA
RT 7431 MA
RT 7321 FP
RT 7421 FP
RT 7521 FP
1 Grain Types: L = long-grain, M = medium-grain, LA = long-grain aromatic.
2 Milling yield: HR = head rice, TR = total rice.
Table 2. Preliminary Arkansas Rice Performance Trials.
RT 7523 FP
1 Grain Types: L = long-grain, M = medium-grain.
ARK = Arkansas Co.; CLA = Clay Co.; DES = Desha Co.; LAW = Lawrence Co.
Rice Market and Harvest Progress
Fig. 5. CME Rough Rice Futures, Nov. 2023, Four-month daily chart.
Table 3. Rice Harvested (%).
Source: USDA NASS
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Soil Fertility