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Arkansas Rice Update 4-18-14

April 18, 2014                              No. 2014-6 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Gus Lorenz, Dr. Bob Scott, and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

Rain, rain, go away. I think we’re all getting a little tired of it these days. As sure as we complain about it now, we’ll be wishing for it again in a month. Never more than

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Arkansas Rice Update 4-12-14

April 12, 2014                              No. 2014-5 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

The race is on this weekend.  It’s time to see how much rice we can get in the ground before the next round of rain hits.  With all the activity getting cranked up today I’ll be very surprised if we haven’t doubled

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Arkansas Rice Update 4-4-14

April 4, 2014                                 No. 2014-4 Dr. Jarrod Hardke, Dr. Rick Norman, Dr. Bob Scott, and Scott Stiles Planting Progress

I’m guessing around 5% of rice is in the ground to date.  Most of it is isolated in places that have lucked into dry conditions.  A number of fields went in early this week ahead of

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Arkansas Rice Update 3-28-14

March 20, 2014                           No. 2014-2 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Dr. Gus Lorenz Planting Progress

A number of fields now have rice in the ground after (somewhat) favorable conditions this week.  Conditions were right to get a lot of ground prepared for the season and where people felt like they could also get some planted they

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Blackbirds Attacking Newly Planted Rice

We’re starting to receive reports that in certain areas blackbirds are falling into rice fields right behind the drill.  In some cases (Picture 1) the number of blackbirds hitting fields is extremely high.

Picture 1. Blackbirds entering a rice field to feed on freshly planted rice seed.

This spring, a new seed

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Arkansas Rice Update 3-20-14

March 20, 2014                           No. 2014-2 Dr. Jarrod Hardke and Dr. Bob Scott Wait for it, wait for it…

We’re so close to planting time that you can almost feel it.  A few jumped the gun in the past week and put some rice in the ground.  Soil temperatures are still cold (~49°F on Friday) and

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AV-1011 Bird Repellent Receives Section 18 Emergency Exemption for Rice

AV-1011 Bird Repellent for rice seed has received a Section 18 emergency exemption for use in Arkansas until June 1, 2014.  This product has shown to be effective at preventing bird depredation of rice seed.

Rice seed treated with AV-1011 is approved for use in drill, water, and broadcast systems.  The use-rate for AV-1011 is

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Medium-Grain Rice Considerations

We have been receiving many questions in recent weeks about medium-grain rice varieties.

At this point, finding seed of any medium-grain variety is probably fairly difficult.  Before that seed hits the ground this spring though, there are a few things to consider about the two main varieties out there while you still have time.

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2011-2013 Arkansas Rice Performance Trials now available

The 2011-2013 Arkansas Rice Performance Trials (ARPT) are now available by clicking the link or on the Publications tab of the Arkansas Row Crops blog.  Printed copies will be available at county Extension offices in January.

Information from previous years can be found on the University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture or Arkansas Variety Testing

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2014 Arkansas Rice Quick Facts now available

The 2014 Arkansas Rice Quick Facts are now available by clicking the link or on the Publications tab of the Arkansas Row Crops blog.  The Quick Facts are a one-page (front and back) quick reference guide for University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture recommendations for Rice production.  Laminated copies will be available at county Extension

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