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.
The blog field was fertilized this morning with urea (46 percent nitrogen) at the rate of 100 pounds per acre. Plants are at the green ring (panicle initiation) stage of development. This growth stage signals a shift from vegetative growth to the initiation of reproductive growth. At this stage, the panicle where the grain will later be formed begins to develop at the base of the stem.