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For producer Jim Lingo, rice production is all about finding ways to do it better.
Rains delayed fieldwork this spring for Forest, La., farmer Jim Lingo, but the farm was starting to catch up as temperatures rose and rains waned in mid-June.
To prepare for rice, after soybean harvest, the Lingos will disk land two or three times, and if possible pull a land plane over the ground to get it smooth and flat for the next spring.
They typically burn down rice ground in early March with Sharpen and Firstshot, and may include Select where glyphosate-resistant Italian ryegrass is present. They drill seed their rice with a Great Plains drill, this season going with hybrids Clearfield XL 745 and Clearfield XP 756.
Lingo switched to hybrids “because I figured we had less money in the hybrids and they yielded better. When the hybrids first came out, it seemed like we had a little trouble with milling, but today the milling has been just as good with the hybrids as it has with anything else we’ve been producing. Last year we had just an unbelievable year in yields.
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“We had some farms that yielded in the mid-180s and others in the mid-190s. I’ve never averaged 200-bushel straight across, but we had a lot of fields last year that cut over 200 bushels.”
For weed control, they’ll make an application of Newpath and Permit or Regiment, and used Command this year, because it now has an aerial label. They will apply 100 pounds of urea, but if the soil is wet, they will switch to ammonium sulfate.
“After we get it flushed and it’s growing, we’ll spray it again with Newpath and other products depending on the weeds. Then we’ll come back with around 250 pounds of urea. We will flood, and then when we start seeing a few heads, will come back with 100 pounds of urea.”
The Lingos get about 30 percent of the irrigation needs from Bayou Macon, the rest from wells.
They apply 4 ounces of Tilt around heading to control smut. A Cruiser seed treatment helps control rice water weevils, while stink bugs are treated with Karate.