Submitted to: Extension Service Bulletins
Publication Type: Experiment Station
Publication Acceptance Date: April 1, 1998
Publication Date: N/A
Technical Abstract: Over 25 percent of the 1998 rice acreage in Texas has been planted with Jefferson. Early planted rice, regardless of variety had stand problems due to cold weather and dry soil conditions. Jefferson faired no worse than other varieties under similar conditions. Most farmers corrected for low stands of Jefferson by applying extra nitrogen early to stimulate tillering. It appears this practice paid off especially when repeated flushings had resulted in loss of some nitrogen. Warm temperatures have increased Jefferson leaf length and plant height more than normal. Texas rice acres increased statewide by 3 percent, which is about 10,000 additional acres over 1997. Some fields too dry to plant other crops were planted to rice, particularly in the eastern rice belt.