By Ralph Mazzanti and Ron Baker, Rice Research Verification Program Coordinators
In the south, rainfall has been from .5” to 6” with the some flash flooding in parts of Desha County. The Chicot County field is ready for harvest when the weather clears. Desha and Clark are draining for the second time and should be ready for harvest next week. Lonoke County irrigation has been terminated with help from recent rains. Arkansas, Lee and Jefferson Counties are at 50% hard dough and maturing quickly.
In the north, seven of the eight program fields were heading when temperatures dropped and have continued to mature rapidly. The White County field has reached 60% hard dough stage which is considered to be the point at which rice stink bugs are no longer an economic threat to the crop. Several more are expected to reach that point next week and a few should be ready to drain. Thus far, rice stink bug populations have remained low and have been controlled by natural predators alone in all program fields.
For field-specific information, view the full report here: RRVP Update Aug 10, 2018