By Ralph Mazzanti, Rice Research Verification Coordinator
Fields receiving pre-flood nitrogen have been in the optimum tillering range. The early pre-flood dates on DD-50 were missed due to no levees and soybean planting. Sporadic rain and increased heat units has barnyard grass in rapid growth. Growers are scrambling with herbicide and fertilizer applications prior to tropical storm (Cristobal) bringing in more rain next week.