By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators
With some scattered rainfall and increased pumping capacity, the need for water has improved on most fields. While there may be a few damp paddies most fields are in the reproductive stage and progressing well. GreenSeeker technology has shown that two conventional fields, Arkansas and Lee Counties do not require mid-season nitrogen.
In the north, scattered showers have continued to help maintain an adequate flood in program fields. Growth stages range from green ring (GR) to ½ inch internode elongation (IE) except for Woodruff which is still tillering. GreenSeeker technology monitoring has begun on the six fields that meet the criteria for it. Each field checked had sufficient N and growth is excellent. Weed control remains good to excellent with the exception of Woodruff where recommended herbicides that reportedly provided very effective control for this particular field in past years have yet to do so this year. A post-flood treatment is planned.
Please view linked pdf for field-specific information: RRVP Update – June 22 2018