The 2012 growing season was the thirtieth year for the Rice Research Verification Program (RRVP). The RRVP is an interdisciplinary effort between growers, county extension agents, extension specialists, and researchers. The RRVP is an on-farm demonstration of all the research-based recommendations developed by the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture for the purpose of increasing the profitability of rice production in Arkansas. The specific objectives of the program are:
- To demonstrate and verify research-based recommendations for profitable rice production throughout the rice-producing areas of Arkansas.
- To develop a database for economic analysis of all aspects of rice production.
- To demonstrate the benefits of available technology and inputs for the economic production of consistently high rice yields.
- To identify specific problems and opportunities in Arkansas rice for further investigation.
- To promote timely implementation of management practices among rice growers.
- To provide training and assistance to county agents and growers with limited expertise in rice production.
Each RRVP field and cooperator was selected prior to planting. Cooperators agreed to pay production expenses, provide crop expense data for economic analysis, and implement the recommended production practices in a timely manner from seedbed preparation to harvest. Twenty-one fields were enrolled in the RRVP in 2012. The fields were located on commercial farms ranging in size from 25 to 127 acres. The average field size was 64 acres.
The 2012 RRVP fields were conducted in Arkansas (3 fields), Chicot (2 fields), Clark, Clay, Conway, Craighead, Cross, Desha, Independence, Jackson, Jefferson, Lee, Lincoln, Phillips, Poinsett, Prairie, Randolph, and White Counties; nine different cultivars (CL111, CL151, RiceTec CL XL745, Francis, Jupiter, Roy J, RiceTec XL723, RiceTec XL753, and Taggart) were planted. Management decisions were based on field history, soil test results, cultivar, and data collected from each individual field during the growing season.