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Managing Furrow-Irrigated Rice in Arkansas
Author: Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

By Jarrod Hardke, Rice Extension Agronomist

There have been many questions about furrow-irrigated rice (row rice / upland rice) since last season.  In 2016 there were an estimated 40,000-50,000 acres of furrow-irrigated rice in Arkansas.  Despite a decline in total rice acres for 2017, it is possible that the number of acres grown in a row rice system may increase this year.

To help address a number of the questions and concerns related to this change in management from flood irrigation to furrow irrigation, we have compiled an information sheet designed to guide management decisions.  The information sheet can be found as a PDF here:

Managing Furrow-Irrigated Rice in Arkansas.

Since this system is very different, and can be managed in so many different ways, it is difficult to answer all possible questions related to the topic in a single information sheet.  Please keep in mind that many of the recommendations contained in this information sheet are based on limited research and a wide range of experiences.  Additional research efforts are underway to continue to improve these recommendations in the immediate future.  Should you have any additional questions about particular scenarios, please contact us.

Questions? or 501-772-1714

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