By Ron Baker and Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators
South Arkansas: More rain continues to be the topic of conversation. Rainfall this past week ranges from 3.8 inches in Lafayette and Clark Counties to 3.2 inches in Lincoln County. Pulaski County received 4.9 inches while Prairie County received 5.9 inches this past week. All nine fields in South Arkansas are now emerged with viable stand counts. All fields are growing off well considering rainfall amounts and cool nighttime temperatures. The stages range from 2 to 6 leaf. The Prairie County field should be ready for the N-STaR nitrogen application as soon as the ground dries. Prairie County has had over 30 days residual weed control with continued rainfall.
North Arkansas: Rainfall ranged from 4.83 inches in Conway County to 7.5 inches in White County. Three planted fields were initially submerged but the water has now drained from two and at last report is receding from the third. A fourth field, Randolph, which is not yet planted, remains under several feet of water. Remarkably, most fields have continued to grow better than expected considering the unusually cool weather. That said, there are also some fields with areas that are obviously stressed and some sunny, warm weather is needed for recovery. Residual herbicides have held up well but overlapping residual applications are now planned for the coming week in several fields where the rice is healthy enough for the application.
See the full report: Rice Research Verification Update – May 5 2017