Raining everyday

In the last week, rainfall has occurred almost every day. Rice likes water but we have not been able to spray the weeds with 2,4-D. Most of the rice plants are in the late tiller growth stage. On the south side of the pivot, I did not order enough Clincher herbicide to spray for volunteer corn in that area. Last Thursday, we used a tractor and mower to slash the corn and cut part of the upper leaves from the rice. We hope the rice will out-compete with the corn and shade it out. Rice in the irrigation frequency and amount test is in the late tiller growth stage.

The photo on the right shows the small plot variety test under the pivot. We are evaluating seven varieties and two planting dates.