Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Don't Forget to Enroll Late Fields in DD50 Program

Early fields should be scouted carefully as midseason approaches. The warmer temperatures have caused the crop to progress quicker than predicted by the Rice DD50 Program in some cases. As the later rice emerges, be sure to enroll those fields in the Arkansas Rice DD50 Program. Five new varieties have been added to the program for 2010. The program can be accessed through the county Extension office or online at: http://dd50.uaex.edu/dd50Logon.asp. In order to enroll, you need the variety name, the emergence date, and the number of acres. The program will predict the timing of approximately 27 different production practices. This allows growers and consultants to be more efficient in scouting the crop and more timely with treatments. On-time decisions can often be the difference between success and failure. It is also important to the industry to enroll these fields. The data helps the mills prepare for harvest while it also serves to estimate the important varieties across the state.

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