Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Circles for Rice | Update by Jake LaRue

 Missouri, USA | October 2010
Ukraine | September 2010
Pakistan | November 2010
Between U.S. post-harvest analysis and traveling, it's been a few weeks since I've been able to post an update on the project!  For the 2010-2011 growing season(s), we have confirmed Circles for Rice fields in the following countries: Zambia, the United Arab Emirates, Brazil, China, Pakistan, and the United States.

United States
The rice crop has either been sold or is in the grain bin, and we are working with interested growers planning for the 2011 season.

Harvest is complete.

This week, there is a series of field days at the Circles for Rice field; harvest will soon begin.

2010-2011 Circles for Rice fields in Brazil have been planted and the new rice crop has begun to emerge. The crop is facing early season challenges, particularly weed control.

Fields are being planted in southern Africa, while fields in northern Africa will plan in December and January.

Plans are being made for a series of rice under center pivot trials.

For those of you planning to produce rice under a center pivot or linear for the next crop cycle, please be sure to consider the following:
  • Seed selection for yield and disease resistance
  • Weed control
  • Fertility and nitrogen management
  • Irrigation hardware
  • Irrigation management
  • Disease control

We are still gathering the last of the U.S. and Ukraine harvest data. As soon as we have that data analyzed and published the the web, I will post an update.

Is there a particular topic related to rice production under center pivots and linears that we have not yet posted on? Let us know!