Sustainable Rice Best Management Practices

Ronald Levy  |  3/6/2018 8:33:59 PM

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Rice is one of the most important crops produced in Louisiana based both on the total acreage grown and its economic value. Production has expanded from the traditional rice-producing area of southwestern Louisiana to other areas of Louisiana, especially the northeastern portion.

The loss of soil, plant nutrients and crop protection products, such as pesticides, from cropland has been identified as a significant environmental problem. This guide describes the conservation measures or best management practices (BMPs) for rice production implemented primarily for the purpose of conserving and protecting soil and water resources by controlling the movement of potential agricultural pollutants into surface waters and groundwaters. In many cases, they may, however, also enhance yields, enrich wildlife habitats, improve overall production and provide for sustainability of soil productivity and a continued supply of water of suitable quality.

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