By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators
South Arkansas: Three fields have been harvested this past week. We have preliminary data on Jefferson County row-rice XL 753 yielding 238 dry. Prairie and Lincoln Counties have been harvested and yield monitors look very promising but no preliminary numbers as of now. Lafayette County field has been ready for harvest and received over 4 inches of rainfall which came before tropical storm Harvey.
North Arkansas: Seven fields are drained, mature and drying to harvest moisture. All fields remain standing well. Randolph is still susceptible to rice stink bug damage but the count this week remained well below the threshold for treatment. We will continue to sweep weekly until 60% hard dough is reached at which point economic damage from this pest is no longer a threat.