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27
Aug
2012
Rice Research Verification Program Update – August 27, 2012
Author: Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Coordinator

North Arkansas:  The rice harvest in the northern portion of the state is well underway this week.  Many of the RRVP fields are close to or fully mature and some will be harvested this week.  Some of the commercial field yields are encouraging to say the least.  All of the RRVP fields look encouraging as well.  We shall see!  Although the rain is certainly needed after the summer drought that has occurred, it is not a good time for TS Isaac to be threatening the maturing rice crop.  Hopefully, we will be spared from the adverse weather this storm could deliver.

South Arkansas:  Harvest is well under way, and yields are good to outstanding.  Three fields have yields from 182 bu/acre to 242 bu/acre dry.  Samples are drying down, and we should have milling samples on these fields this week.  Clark County finally got a good rain and irrigation is back on from the Ouachita River.  Some damage has occurred; we will have to wait and see just how much.   Stink bug activity has been low overall, yet we sprayed Desha County as it reached threshold level this past week.

CountyVarietyStage/HarvestGeneral Information
Arkansas 1CL XL 745Harvest Date 8/10/12Field harvest 199 bu/acre dry.
Arkansas 2Roy JFully MatureField received 3.4” rainfall. The field is draining.
Arkansas 3CL 151Fully MatureField received 1” rainfall. The field is draining.
Chicot 1CL 151Harvest Date 8/21/12 The field harvest was a record 242 bu/acre dry. Slight smut on the south end of field. N-Star worked very well.
Chicot 2CL 111Harvest Date 8/21/12 Field harvest 182 bu/acre dry.
ClarkFrancisSoft Dough


The area finally received 2.6” rainfall. First decent rain since April 10th. Ouachita River rose enough for pumping back up the field. We will have to wait and see just how much damage due to lack of water. Stink bugs running 4 per 10 sweeps.
DeshaCL XL 745Medium DoughStink bug counts are at threshold. Recommendation: Karate 1gal to 60/acres.
JeffersonXP 753Hard Dough/MatureA twenty acre side of the field was accidently sprayed with a herbicide after the field was flooded delaying maturity. Half the field is ready for harvest the other half is two weeks behind.
LincolnXP 753Fully MatureThe field should be harvested at any time.
LeeRoy JFully MatureThe field should be harvested this week.
PhillipsCL XL 745Fully MatureThe field should be harvested this week.
ClayXP 753Hard DoughThe well was turned off last week and the field should be drained and harvested within the next few weeks. Very little noticeable difference is being observed in maturity on the area where the Newpath drift affected the rice early season.
ConwayXP 753Hard Dough/MatureThe field was drained a few weeks ago and should be harvested within the next few weeks. Sodium Chlorate will be recommended on the field due to the extremely later maturing volunteer rice.
CraigheadRoy JFully MatureHarvesting field as of this writing.
CrossCL 151Soft DoughThe well has been turned off and could be drained within a week. Harvest is a few weeks off due to maturity differences caused from inconsistent stand establishment.
IndependenceJupiterHard DoughThe field should be harvested within the next few weeks.
JacksonTaggartFully MatureHarvesting today if moisture low enough.
PoinsettJupiterHard DoughThe well was turned off a week ago and we expect to drain the field this week. Harvest should be within the next few weeks.
PrairieCL XL 745Fully MatureThe field is expected to be harvested this week.
RandolphXL 723Hard DoughThe well was turned off last week. We expect to drain it later in the week and harvest in few weeks.
WhiteTaggartHard DoughThe field was drained today and we expect to harvest in the next few weeks.

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