By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators
All fields are harvested and yields are calculated. Program fields in the south had a yield average of 196 bushels/acre while those in the north averaged 176 bushels/acre for a combined yield average of 186 bushels/acre. This is a 20 bushel increase over the program’s 2016 yield average and exceeds the current 2017 state yield average estimate (163 bu/acre) by 23 bushels. However, this yield difference is likely to be reduced by a few bushels when the final state yield average estimate is given. Milling yields are down, averaging 48/67 for program fields in the south and 56/70 for those in the north for a combined milling yield average of 52/69. Higher grain yields in the south and higher milling yields in the north also held true for Arkansas rice production in general.
A word of appreciation is owed to each cooperating producer and county agent who participated in the program this year and to all Arkansas rice producers who make the Rice Research Verification Program possible with Rice Check-off dollars. Thank you.
See the pdf table linked below for field specific information: