Friday, July 30, 2010

Circles for Rice | Weekly Update

In the last week,  four of the fields have had applications of Karate for army worms, plus Quadris for possible disease issues.

We need to keep watching closely for insects, disease, and development of wheel tracks.

Everyone is asking when we can start slowing the irrigation, but most fields are at least seven to ten days away from cutting back.

To maintain quality,  we believe center pivot irrigators need to keep relatively good moisture (less than 30% depletion) in the root zone through early soft dough, and then gradually allow the depletion to increase.  All of this does depend on temperature and moisture-holding capacity.

I hope to see some of you next week at our field days in Missouri and Arkansas!