Thursday, May 6, 2010

Circles for Rice | Weekly Update

Planting | April 30

Planting | April 30

Soil Moisture Monitor | Installed
So much for blogging about how dry it's been in Missouri and Arkansas...

The Circles for Rice fields received between 3.75" and 9"+ of rain last weekend.  Some fields were under water for three or four days.  Because of the amount of rain observed, some concern has been raised for the herbicides that were applied right before the storms.

The last Circles for Rice field was planted on April 30th.  Rice has emerged in five fields.

While soil moisture is generally excellent, we are closely watching it due to the heat and wind observed this week.  We feel this is necessary because of the moisture observed in the crop's current root zone.  Some growers will apply light applications of irrigation later this week to maintain good soil moisture in the root zone.

At most Circles for Rice sites, we have installed soil moisture monitors; we will continue installation early next week.

Do you have any questions about how the rice fields are doing in the midst of the torrential rain storms down South?  Let us know!

Have a great week!