Monday, December 28, 2009

Rice Update for Brazil Center Pivots

I hope you all are having a joyous holiday season!

Dr. Concenco returned to Brazil from his trip to India and the United Arab Emirates; he got around to most of the center pivot sites last week.

The early fields are just starting panicle initiation and are looking very good with excellent stand.  One primary concern is the potential for blast, and one grower has already applied the first application of fungicide.  This specific field may require three applications of fungicide.  Two other center pivots are slightly behind and not quite as strong; the farmer is not set up to apply fertilizer through the center pivot and got behind applying nitrogen due to the wet conditions.

Another grower, who already had one pivot with rice, has added a second pivot of rice since they were not able to get their original crop choice (soybeans) planted.  Currently, Valmont is monitoring and working with four growers and six center pivots of rice.

Have a great week!