Louisiana Rice: Planting Rolls Along in Southwest

By Dustin Harrell, LSU AgCenter Rice Specialist

Dry weather in many parts of southwest Louisiana have played a big part in speeding rice planting along so far this spring. The most recent USDA-NASS Louisiana Crop Progress Report has us at 21 percent planted as of Sunday, March 19. This is approximately 9 percent ahead of our 5-year average at this time of year.