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Arkansas Rice Update 3-13-15
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

March 13, 2015                           No. 2015-4

Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Tom Barber, Dr. Archie Flanders & Scott Stiles

Planting Progress

None yet!  The month of March is here which means so is the march toward rice is planting.  It’s difficult to believe with recent conditions (Picture 1), but there will be rice in the ground in just a few weeks if at all possible.  If the rainy forecast holds up for the next 10 days, we may have a hard time getting any rice planted in the month of March.  Add to that recent season-long projections are calling for yet another cool, wet season and we may have our third similar year in a row.  I have a hard time believing that, but I try to avoid predictions because I’m wrong half the time (at least).

Current planting projections for rice are extremely variable, but a safe estimate would be flat acreage – about 1.5 million acres.  Of that, an increase in medium-grain acres is likely, with 300,000 acres not out of the question.  The record for Arkansas is 278,000 harvested acres of medium-grain in 2000.

Picture 1. Snow and ice field - soon to be planted in rice?

Picture 1. Snow and ice field – soon to be planted in rice?

Upland Rice (Furrow Irrigation)

One of the hottest topics this spring has been growing upland rice / row rice (furrow-irrigated or overhead-irrigated rice).  In response to those questions, we have prepared a simple fact sheet to address specific factors of concern if attempting to grow upland rice.

Also, we have a budget comparison of flooded rice vs. row rice using different cultivars (conventional, Clearfield, hybrid, or Clearfield hybrid).  This budget comparison is available as a tool to help you make decisions – specific costs and yields are not predictions and should be replaced with your expected values for accurate comparisons.


Watch Herbicide Plant-Back Intervals!

Please be mindful of herbicide plant-back intervals this spring when using burndown herbicides.  Plantback intervals for burndown herbicides going into rice are listed in Table 1.  Plantback intervals for herbicides applied to last year’s crops that could be an issue when planting into rice this year are included in Table 2.  For more information please see the MP519 Row Crop Plant-Back Intervals for Common Herbicides.

Table 1.  Plant-back intervals for burndown herbicides in rice.2015-4 Table 1 Plant-back intervals for burndown herbicides

 Table 2.  Plant-back intervals for rice of common herbicides used in rotational crops.

2015-4 Table 2 Plant-back intervals for rice of common herbicides used in rotational crops


Farm Bill Sign-Up & Trainings

March 31 is the deadline to complete your base and yield updates as well as ARC/PLC program elections.  Your county Farm Service Agency staff would appreciate you making an appointment and coming in as soon as possible.

To help farmers and landowners with their 2014 Farm Bill decisions, we are continuing to offer workshops this month on the Texas A&M decision aid.  Remaining March workshops are scheduled for the following times and locations:


Arkansas State University – Jonesboro

Tuesday, March 17, 6:00 p.m.

ASU College of Agriculture

Computer Lab (AG 242)

Contact: or 870-972-2481


East Arkansas Community College – Wynne

Friday, March 20, 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Computer Lab (TBA)

Contact: or 870-238-5745


These are hands-on training sessions that would be applicable for farm managers, bankers, accountants, attorneys, insurance agents, farmers, and landlords.  The workshops will help attendees gain a much better understanding of the decisions related to updating yields, reallocating base acreage, and selecting Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) as well as Price Loss Coverage (PLC).

If you are unable to attend either of these workshops, the Texas A&M decision aid can be found at this link:


Additional Information

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

This information will also be posted to the Arkansas Row Crops where additional information from Extension specialists can be found.  Please visit the blog at

More information on rice production, including access to all publications and reports, can be found at


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.

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