Texas rice farmers have gone from one extreme to the other. Following several years of drought the limited or prevented rice production, many producers were rained out of field this spring as persistent rainfall prevented planting, damaged planted acreage and encouraged disease pressure.
A few producers were more fortunate, however.
The Matagorda County rice crop was in pretty good shape, said Brent Bachelor, AgriLife Extension agent for Matagorda County. “We were later than normal planting, probably by 15 to 20 days at least, but we did get it all in,” Bachelor said.
Texas AgriLife Extension media specialist Robert Burns offers an update on the Texas rice crop in his weekly crop and weather report.