Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Circles for Rice Update | by Jake LaRue

In the United States, planting rice under center pivots has begun. Planting is active in Texas, and growers in Missouri and Arkansas with light textured soils (weather permitting) will begin planting this week and next.

Some growers are still considering if rice fits their crop plans for this year. All recognize that rice prices are depressed, but some growers may still produce more return with a rice crop than soybeans or other crops due to soil types, water availability and other reasons.

As you begin the 2011 rice under center pivot crop, be sure:
  • You have a plan
  • You follow the plan
  • You have contingencies if the plan needs adjustment

Considerations for the following also need to be included in the plan:
  • Seed selection for high yield potential with excellent disease resistance
  • Weed control
  • Fertility
  • Irrigation
  • Disease control

Discussion Box Challenge

Are you planting rice under a center pivot or linear? Or are you planting rice at all this year? If you answered "yes" to either question, discuss with us any potential issues you may see in your production plan.

Contact Us

To contact us directly, please email the Circles for Rice team at rice@valmont.com.