Growers may face new challenges in row rice: Part II

Rice farmers normally don't have to deal with Palmer amaranth, but row rice could offer a different challenge to weed control strategies.

Rice growers usually don’t worry about Palmer amaranth in their rice bays because the pigweed won’t come up in the flood water.

With less water being applied in row rice, producers are having to confront a new challenge, according to Ryan Sullivan, a producer from Burdette, Ark., who grew furrow-irrigated rice with his father, Mike Sullivan, in 2016.

Ryan Sullivan talked about the pigweed problem and other weed control strategies in furrow-irrigated rice at the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Baton Rouge, La. He also discussed fertilizer applications in the production system that involves using furrows to irrigate rice rather than levees.

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