The predominant grass is barnyardgrass. However,
the most troublesome grass is Creeping Rivergrass. I did not bother photographing the grasses this time. The variety planted is Cheniere so weed control is going to be a challenge. We will keep you informed of our progress.
We expected our verification field in Vermilion parish to test us because it has a history of Newpath resistant red rice and volunteer hybrid rice. It was fallow last year and was water seeded this year. The photo at right shows red rice seedlings that are already growing well in spite of having been worked in the water and water seeded.
An overview of the field is portrayed below. Rice was a day or so from emergence. We plan to fertilize and flood as soon as possible. The only other option would have been to try to apply glyphosate and start over.
Nearby rice, the late date, and poor results from trying that in the past eliminated that idea. I am afraid we will have an ugly field before it is over.
I know the field conditions are not the best for fertilizer application, especially nitrogen, but that is one of the limitations of pinpoint flood water management.