The results of the 2017 Louisiana Rice Variety Survey are now available online. The survey contains information on:
Total rice production in each parish and the percentage of long, medium, and special purpose rice
Breakdown of long grain, medium grain, and special purpose varieties and hybrids grown
Ratoon and conservation tillage practices used in each parish
Planting and water management cultural practices used by farming operations in each parish
Various maps and figures summarizing the findings
This survey is done annually by Extension Agents in each of the rice producing parishes by contacting their rice producers and seed distributors. In many cases, the survey results may not exactly match FSA certified planted acres. Deviations can be the result of many factors. The most common factors include large farming operations which farm in multiple parishes only reporting in one parish. Included in the data this year for the first time is water management practices including furrow irrigated rice (row rice) and alternate wetting and drying (AWD). Furrow irrigated rice management was reported in only two Louisiana Parishes with a total of 1,400 acres. The individual survey results, maps and figures are available on the LSU AgCenter Website (individual survey results). All of the data combined into one document can be found here (Complete Results Document). A big thank you to all of the Extension Agents who help make this survey possible!
This edition covers the current weather concerns, hail damage on rice, rice survival under submerged conditions, stretched rice management, estimating lost N from draining submerged rice, and the retirement of Dr. Levy the state soybean extension specialist.
This is the third installment of the Louisiana Rice Notes newsletter for 2017. This edition covers planting progress and the quick start to the rice season in southwest Louisiana, accumulated DD50 heat units so far, rice seedling development, the importance of Clearfield Stewardship Guidelines, starter N fertilizer guidelines, and planning your 2017 disease management program. This edition can also be found on the LSU AgCenter’r rice website (click here to view).
This slightly longer than normal edition covers planting progress, current weather and soil temperatures, a shift in blackbird pressure this year, effect of treating only half of your seed with AV-1011, economic evaluation of using AV-1011 versus replanting, a change to the FirstShot label, a survey and solicitation for information about pyrethroid use in rice, a welcome to Dr. Blake Wilson who was hired as the AgCenter’s new extension rice and sugarcane entomologist, and how to choose the right insecticidal seed treatment in rice for your individual situation.