Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Optimum Rice Planting Window Still Open

Our recommended seeding dates for Arkansas begin as early as March 25 for South Arkansas and April 1 for Central and North Arkansas. The optimum planting date window is April 1 to May 20 for South Arkansas and April 10 to May 10 for North Arkansas. We have been fortunate to get a lot of rice planted early, in contrast to the last two years. With over half of the crop planted before April 20, farmers have positioned themselves for a good crop.

The remaining rice to be planted is likely to be spread over the next 6 weeks for various reasons. The optimum window is still open for most varities and will remain until about May 10 to May 20. After the calendar moves past that date, the yield potential declines dramatically. By the time rice planting is completed in June, the yield potential may have been reduced by as much as 30-40%.

No comments:

Post a Comment