The 2012 blog field, a 6-acre field of Jazzman 2, was planted Monday. Early Wednesday morning, a welcome rain of almost 2.5 inches flushed the field and that should help the seeds sprout. In the movie clip above, water is draining from the field. By Thursday morning, most of the field had been drained.
Larry White, LSU AgCenter foundation seed manager at the Rice Research Station, drill seeded at the rate of 40 pounds per acre. The seed was treated prior to planting with a fungicide, Dermacor to control rice water weevils and gibberillic acid to promote early growth before it was planted.
Before planting, White sprayed herbicides to control existing weeds that included sedges and barnyardgrass.