Greetings from Louisiana rice country! This year, the blog will concentrate research conducted at the LSU AgCenter Rice Research Station, in addition to showing the progress of a 6-acre field of rice planted March 19 to produce foundation seed. We encourage your comments and thoughts to help improve this online tool. If you would like a photograph of a particular piece of equipment or a better explanation of a process, let us know.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
In this view to the left, Tim Miller drives a tractor pulling a levee plow in the blog field Tuesday at the LSU Rice Research Station. Building up the levees requires several passes with the equipment. Larry White, director of the station's foundation seed program, said planting a flat field is easier because the tractor and seed drill don't have to negotiate the levees.
In the photo below, you can see how the plow pulls the soil up into a berm.
White expects to flush the field, probably tomorrow, to provide adequate moisture to seedlings which are germinated. Forecasts call for rain maybe Thursday, but rain was predicted for the previous weekend but none fell at the station.