Although the Mississippi received infrequent rains and the rice grower suffered a lot at the time of planting paddy, fertilization and has challenged insect and disease management, but still it shows a good signs of the rice harvest.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress and Condition Report released Sept. 2 indicated that 58 percent of the state’s rice crop is in good condition and 28 percent is in excellent condition. Five percent is harvested.
Bobby Golden, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station agronomist in Stoneville said that the rice which is ready to harvest is under harvesting.
He said the harvesting is being done on the land which is cultivated under normal conditions and the land area which was cultivated under the discontinuous rains will be harvested later in September, and some fields will be ready as late as mid-October.
The USDA’s most recent survey estimated growers planted 167,000 acres in 2014, up from 122,000 acres in 2013. Forecasted yields are around 7,000 pounds per acre.The average output being obtain is 156 bushels per acre, which is higher than the USDA’s estimations.This is a good yield but it can be even more better if the weather gets cleared, Golden said.
Brian Williams, Extension agricultural economist said that this year the rice yield is showing double-edged sword,which on one hand will bring the prices of rice down and on another hand will produce a good variety of rice.
Louisiana rough rice is trading for $12.59 per hundredweight, about $2.50 per hundredweight less than in 2013. September rice futures are trading for $12.52, down about $2.30 from 2013.
Researchers are providing ways to the rice growers how they can increase their yields.Although overall yield is high which ranges at 225 to 322 bushels per acre.
The top yielding variety of rice Rex which was released by MSU in 2010 which had a yield of 285 bushels per acre.
“In 2013, Rex accounted for roughly 15 percent of the rice area in the state, which made it the most widely planted conventional pureline variety,” Redona said.