By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators
South Arkansas: Eight of nine fields have been harvested in the southern part of the state. The yields are listed below with most being good to excellent. Excessive rains early, herbicide injury and a thin stand impacted the Desha County yield. The Clark County field was the most challenging field. No chicken litter was applied and no insecticide seed treatment was utilized. This combined with limited variety choice and airplane access in a blast prone area, greatly impacted yield. The Pulaski County field is waiting on harvest.
North Arkansas: Six of eight fields are now harvested. We have the data in hand to calculate exact dry yields in White (205 bu/acre), Woodruff (157 bu/acre) and Clay (167 bu/acre). Based on field history, the yield for White is very good. In Woodruff, pre-flood herbicide drift ultimately affected that field’s yield considerably more than anticipated so the modest yield is disappointing. The field in Clay has weak areas from new precision leveled cuts so while the yield is less than we had hoped it is a reasonable yield for the first rice crop on a fresh-cut field.