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Rice: A Chunk Of The 2016 Crop Already Planted

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I sent out a poll question on Tuesday (March 8) to get an idea about how much rice was planted in the state.  Two questions were asked.

  1. How much rice have you planted?
  2. What percentage (of the planted rice) does that represent for your rice intentions for 2016?

The response from the text message group was very good.  I had a total of 54 responses from farmers and crop consultants.  Some responses contained answers to only one of the questions, either the acres planted or the percent of acres planted.  So, there will obviously be some error in the reporting of the results.  Nonetheless, here is what we found out…

The poll reported approximately 39,000 acres planted by those responding to the text.  That alone is 9% of the total planted acres in 2015.  Remember, this is all rice that was planted before the March 10 recommended planting window and only from a small subset of responding rice farmers!

The largest amount of acres planted by one farming operation was 3,000.  Of the 54 responses, 19 farming operations (35%) have not started.  One producer told me that they wanted to use all of their resources to work and level ground during the dry period before the rains and then worry about planting when it dries again.

Several producers mentioned that all of the planted acres were drill-seeded and that they planned to water-seed some rice after the rains.  Therefore, we may even see a significant increase in acres in southwest Louisiana next week, even if the soils do not dry out completely.

The average number of acres planted by all those reporting was 743 acres, while the average number of acres planted by only those who had some rice in the ground was 1,175 acres.  The average number of rice acres per farming operation planned for 2016 (only by those that reported percentage of acres planted) was 1,592 acres.

Rice Planting And Storms – The Outcome Depends

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The weather this winter was really quite mild overall. In addition, warm spring temperatures arrived early this year. Due to this warm weather, rice planting in southwest Louisiana began in earnest the last week of February with several hundred acres being drill planted (where the soil was dry) before the first day of March.

The recommended planting window for rice in Southwest Louisiana is March 10 – April 15, while Northeast Louisiana is April 1 – May 5.  However, it is hard to wait on a recommended planting date on a calendar when the weather is favorable for planting now and cooler temperatures are not in the foreseeable future forecast. This year is quite a contrast from last year, where rice planting did not really start until the third week of March due to the continuous rainfall and wet soils.

This year, by the first weekend in March (5th and 6th), many rice farmers were planting at full speed.  The only problem with this was the looming rain storms that were moving into the area and the potential for several inches of rain and the possibility for flooding over the next several days.  As of Friday morning (arch 11), the Southwest Louisiana rice production area has received some rain, but it has really not been that excessive.

However, the rice production areas in Northeast Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi, have received excessive rainfall totals this week.  One producer in Northeast Louisiana reported rainfall totals on his farm were in excess of 23 inches between Tuesday and Friday morning!

While no rice planting has been reported to me in Northeast Louisiana, there has been a lot of corn planted.  While seedling rice can survive up to 10 days in submerged conditions, corn seedlings up to the 6-leaf stage of development can generally only survive 2 days under these conditions.  Dr.

Dan Fromme, the LSU AgCenter’s corn, cotton, and grain sorghum specialist wrote a great article about flooded conditions on corn which can be accessed here:

If corn stands are lost and additional seed is unavailable, or if the soils remain wet for and extended amount of time, some of this corn acreage could possibly go into soybeans or rice.  This will possibly have an effect on our overall rice acres in the state.

Rice Alerts Delivered By Text

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A statewide rice extension advisory group met here at the H. Rouse Caffey Rice Research Station to discuss different ways the AgCenter’s rice extension work could be improved in the future. The advisory group was made up of rice producers, rice consultants, millers, land owners, rice industry leaders, extension agents of rice producing parishes, and rice researchers. The group had many great recommendations for improving the rice extension mission. One suggestion was to begin a Rice Group Text List that could be used to make important announcements and reminders.

The logic behind it was that although most producers now have smart phones and have the capability to read email and newsletters (like this one) online, many simply do not take the time. Quick text message reminders and updates are working well in the rice milling/marketing area and could be beneficial for important extension announcements. It was pointed out that it would be important that text messages go out from the AgCenter and that recipients would not have the capability to text back to the whole group because this could cause endless text messages going back and forth. Another key was that all personal information should be kept private.

During the rice educational meetings this year, I collected names and phone numbers of rice industry people who wanted to be included in the text group. I received more than 160 names and numbers for the group. Last week I put the numbers in a texting management program that I thought would work well for this purpose. Although, the program did keep personal information private, it did not keep individuals from texting back to the rest of the group. If you were a part of that first test group, I am sorry for the endless texts. Needless to say, I had to find another text management program to handle the Louisiana Rice Text Group.

I am now using a program called Remind to manage the group text messages. This program is often used by school teachers to text-message students and parents and does not allow texts to be sent back to the group. A Remind computer and smart phone application is also available if you would like to download it. The app allows you to receive the texts in the app in addition to the regular text message feature.  This is convenient especially if you do not have text message capabilities. In addition, if you opt in for the feature, you can instant message/chat with others in the group within the app. Again, all phone numbers and other information is kept confidential. Only your name is visible.

If you would like to join the Louisiana Rice Text Group, simply text @larice to 81010. To unsubscribe to the group, simply text back “unsubscribe@larice” to the group.

If you would like to get the text messages by email, send an email to If you would like to unsubscribe to the email messages, simply email with “unsubscribe” in the subject line.

Louisiana Rice: State Gains Conditional Approval For AV-1011 Bird Repellent

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After you make your rice variety and hybrid rice selections, one of the next decisions a producer has to make is what seed treatments you are going to put on the seed. As you know, blackbirds can be a serious problem here in Louisiana, especially in early planted rice. In fact, a flock of blackbirds can devour a freshly seeded rice field in a matter of hours. Fortunately, we do have one seed treatment that can be used to discourage feeding on rice seed by blackbirds.

The product is AV-1011™, a bird repellent made by Arkion Life Sciences. It is a liquid seed treatment that can be applied to rice seed at your local seed distributor. The active ingredient in AV-1011 is anthraquinone. The chemical is non-lethal to the birds and is actually found in 94 known plant species. When a bird eats a treated seed, it gives them digestive distress, and this is what deters them from eating more seed.

Over the past several years we have had to apply to the EPA for a section 18 (emergency exemption) for AV-1011 use on rice (on a limited number of acres) here in Louisiana. Last year the EPA did not grant the section 18 until the third week of March.

If you remember, the third week of March was the first time that many producers were able to get into rice fields for planting. This caused problems because if you wanted your seed treated with AV-1011 you had to wait in line for several days. In some cases, it began to rain again before some producers received the treated seed they ordered. In other cases, some producers opted to take a chance and not treat their seed.

rice-blackbird-damage-2-schmidt-04112013[1]I am happy to announce that this year AV-1011 has been granted a “conditional” registration under section 3(c)(7) of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) by the EPA. The conditional registration was issued on January 5, 2016, and will expire on January 5, 2018. If you are like me, I was not familiar with the “conditional” registration. In general, if the EPA finds that a pesticide meets the standard for registration, but there are outstanding data requirements, the agency may grant a “conditional” registration. In the case of AV-1011, the missing data is one final trial that needs to be conducted and the company has two years to get it done. Based on the outcome of this trial, AV-1011 could receive a full federal label (Section 3).

The suggested retail cost of AV-1011 is $204.50 per gallon. AV-1011 is recommended at 18.29 fluid ounces per 100 pounds of seed.  Therefore, if you are planting at a 25, 50, or 90 pound per acre seeding rate, it will cost you approximately $7.30, $14.61, or 26.29, respectively. The AV-1011 label, safety data sheet (SDS), and suggested price sheet are posted on the AgCenter’s rice webpage and can be accessed directly with the following hyperlinks: label, SDS, price sheet.

Louisiana Rice – Tips And Recommended Varieties For 2016

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lsu-cover-20160127The 2016 version of the Rice Varieties and Management Tips publication is now available online (click here for PDF version). The publication contains the official LSU AgCenter recommendations for all phases of rice production including variety selection, agronomy, fertility, diseases, insects, and weed management.

Hard copies of the publication should arrive at your local county extension office any day now. If you are like me, I like to keep a hard copy of the publication in my truck so I can have it handy when I am in the field and not worry if it gets wet. So, be sure to pick up your copy at your local extension office soon.

Recommended Rice Varieties for 2016 In Louisiana

One of the first decisions that a producer must make every year is determining which varieties to plant. In the Rice Varieties and Management Tips publication, we have a breakdown of every recommended variety to help you make your variety decisions. In addition to the recommended varieties, we also have general information on other commonly grown rice varieties in Louisiana.

Table 1 below shows the recommended varieties and hybrids for production in Louisiana in 2016. More detailed information can be found in the 2016 Rice Varieties and Management Tips publication.

Long Grain Medium Grain Clearfield Special Purpose
Catahoula Caffey CL111 (L) Jazzman
Cheniere Jupiter CL151 (L) Jazzman-2
Cocodrie CL152 (L)
Mermentau CL271 (M)
Roy J CLXL729 (L)
XL753 CLXL745 (L)