8/9/2011 9:45:24 PM
Originally posted August 5, 2010 by Natalie Hummel on Louisiana Rice Insects
If you are wondering why I’ve been a little quiet lately, it’s because we’ve been busy cutting test plots and gathering harvest data. After long days in this horrendous heat, it’s hard to find a desire to sit at a computer and write. This morning it was so dark outside that I tried to fool myself into think it was a nice, cold winter storm – no such luck.
This process is repeated until you complete the harvest. Birds are often attracted to the combine and are real daredevils as they dive and dodge for grasshoppers, frogs and other critters (Picture 9).
Rice and soybean farmer Charlie Fontenot (Picture 10) anticipates that he will be harvesting for more than 20 days straight to get all the rice cut and then roll into soybean harvest. We thank him for participating in this variety trial and demonstration test. The rice we harvested will be fertilized and flooded up for second crop.