By Ron Baker and Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators
South Arkansas: The Warm temperatures and sunshine has turned fields around struggling from cool wet weather as well as herbicide related issues. Several fields have received the permanent flood this past week. Those fields include Lincoln, Prairie and Lafayette Counties. According to the DD-50 we were in the middle to later dates of optimum tillering stage. While pre-emergence herbicides worked excellent this season they are slowly starting to break. High winds have delayed herbicide applications in the Arkansas and Desha County fields. The Pulaski County field is waiting on levees to go in. Lonoke, Jefferson and Desha Counties should be sprayed and flooded within this next week.
North Arkansas: It has been a good week with program fields showing much improvement including Poinsett which has recovered nicely with a good stand intact. Woodruff will be ready for its pre-flood nitrogen and subsequent permanent flood by the weekend. We anticipate St. Francis, Jackson and White will reach that point sometime next week with Conway and Clay not far behind. Water has finally receded enough from the Randolph field to expose soil in the upper half of the field.
See the full report: Rice Research Verification Update – May 19 2017