According to the sources, it has been reported that farmers in the nation’s top rice-growing Arkansas state worked into the night and through the weekend of May 7 and 8 to overcome rain delays and inch closer to completion of rice planting in their region. It has also been revealed that about 93 percent rice was planted and 82 percent had emerged, according to latest report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service. Further, there is not a lot of progress left to be made in terms of rice planting, as narrated by Mr Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University Of Arkansas System Division Of Agriculture.
Furthermore, in this matter ,those with much left worked all the way through the weekend to get fields in that were anywhere close to dry enough. Some were even planting as it started to rain some last evening, as it has been stated. The move now turns to rice fields going to flood starting this week where the rice is older and the ground is dry enough to fertilize properly. The next dry period we get after this week will see many put the finishing touches on rice planting and a very large amount of acreage will be ready to go to flood. In this regard, Mr Hardke is also forecasting that Arkansas farmers will grow 1.6 million acres of rice this year. The NASS report covers the week ending May 8 and this NASS is a part of the United States Department of Agriculture.