LSU AgCenter Extension Agents in rice producing parishes conduct a survey every year to determine the rice varieties which are grown in their respective parishes. The data is then broken down further into rice classes including long grain, medium grain, special purpose, hybrid, and Clearfield rice acres. In addition, information about planting methods, reduced tillage acres, and ratoon rice production is included in the survey. Graphical parish maps and pie graphs are also provided. This information can be found on the LSU AgCenter’s website by clicking the following links: Tabular Data & Parish Maps or a complete summary by clicking the image below.
The 9th installment of Louisiana Rice Field Notes is now available. This is the second flood edition this week. This edition covers recommendations on how to proceed with harvest with all of the flood damaged rice, a very important proposed changed to the crop insurance “practical to replant” definition and the final planting dates (FPD) for rice, corn, sorghum, cotton and soybeans, and an important flood recovery meeting in Crowley tomorrow.
The 8th installment of Louisiana Rice Field Notes is now available. This edition covers potential damage to rice caused by the flood, an estimate of the economic impact of the flood to the unharvested rice crop, effects on the ratoon rice crop, comments and pictures from rice producers and consultants.
This issue contains information on the South American rice miner, the new Provisia rice system, grain spotting and pecky rice, Field Day highlights, north east Louisiana research in 2016, and rice sustainability.Click to open
The July 5th installment of the Louisiana Rice Notes newsletter is now available. This edition covers high nighttime temperatures, bacterial panicle blight, drain timing, and ratoon best management practices.
The June 16 installment of the Louisiana Rice Notes newsletter covers the current weather influence on disease pressure, sheath blight management, SARM, grasshopper, stink bug management, and the use of gibberellic acid for the ratoon crop.
The third edition of the Louisiana Rice Notes newsletter is now available. This edition covers planting progress, cold damage to rice seedlings, selecting the correct sulfur and zinc fertilizer for rice, Louisiana rice seeding methods poll results, and a little crawfish trivia. Just click the link below.
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.
How much rice have you planted?
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.