9 May 236 min 39 sec

Matt and Layne talk about what it takes to grow a successful rice crop. Spoiler Alert: it is not easy.

00:00 Hi guys, Matt miles coming to you from DC County Arkansas as actually we're not in DC County and Chico County Arkansas County. We're on our zero grade rice Farm. I've 00:10 said this in the past. This is one of our Farms that we really proud of it's a love-hate relationship. 00:17 It's a mile about two miles wide of 13 Fields completely zero grade like tabletop and we can grow rice here. That's about all we can grow here. Like I 00:27 said, it's a love-hate relationship because we get about I don't know. I've said several different things probably 30 to 40 days a year 00:35 of dry weather. Everything has to be done on tracks. If we run it when we Harvest it then we've got a completely coming here and teal which brings up volunteer rice 00:45 and red rice, which is something that we have to to fight and therapy and therapy. Yes and therapy. 00:51 So what we've been doing here is they've come out with rice now that that you can actually there's a herbicide you can spray on the Keel volunteer rice and red 01:00 dry. So we rotate this Farm, you know, I think they call it a husband like man or we're not putting the same technology out all the time. So we so we 01:11 You know, it don't become resistant like we've made mistakes in the past this farmers with things come with resistance. So this year the south 01:18 house in there's some different things that you have to do with rice is so finicky and you'll see later with on some b-roll 01:27 where we're doing the stand counts. I mean literally that will explain itself. 01:32 So guys we're now going to show you how to stand count, right? All right guys, so we throw this out of here and number one the first 01:43 thing I want you to look at when we threw this out here. Is that right there? And I'm kind of broke that 01:48 up really screwed that up but that is either red rice. I've had to dig down and find the seed to figure out exactly what it is, but that's either red rice or 01:54 volunteer rice, which is our top two biggest problems on this Farm next 02:03 is we're in Max A's variety, which is a little higher C count. We're in a what I'm gonna call us call this. We're in a 02:12 thinner spot. We've got spots. I can go find you and I could make this look video look really really good and best rice staying counts. You're gonna get 02:21 But you're gonna drive out here. You're gonna see it's it's pretty thin, but we still got one two three. 02:28 four five six seven eight nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 18 19 seeds and we planted about 02:40 per row foot we planted 20, so we've got half of that that we got up a little over half of that probably that's gonna come up after we flush it and that's enough 02:52 for a foot for a full yield potential in rice just like we The more tillers we can get the the better that rice 03:01 is going to yield. So so I I with theoretically think of rice a lot like wheat 03:06 We've got three different types of rice that that we we've planted out here. We've got our hybrid which is our I would 03:12 say our most yield potential. That's where we're gonna make our biggest bang for our buck. It's a lot more expensive see but 03:19 you make that in your return on on investment. It's it's no question when we get the insects. We've got water management. 03:28 We got soul types that we can't get on but weeds is number one. Well and a weed application in rice is gonna be a cheap weed application in rice is going 03:38 to be 20 bucks. I mean it absolutely the stuff we're spraying is, you know, 20 on this chemical 20 on 03:44 that chemical just trying to just trying to keep it down and that's where we talk about flooding all the time. You know, if we keep a flood on 03:50 it. It makes a big difference. The floods are cheapest. We control what we're out here doing for these tank houses. Number one. Like I said, do we have enough rice for 04:00 full yield potential number two? Are we gonna need to flush this rice, which is what we call flushing is are we gonna need to put water on as 04:09 fast as possible and take water off as fast as possible across this zero grade field. So you'll have a sheet of water on normally rice is good to keep water 04:18 on when you're flushing rice. That's this big doesn't like to be covered in water. Like they say rice 04:25 can do what rice can come up in the motor and come up in the water but it can't come up. That's right. So, you know, 04:31 we'll try to flush this rice. If we think we have any kind of a stand issue that will generally take care of it where we 04:38 don't have to replant. So next thing is we're gonna be spraying command by FMC. And we're gonna be spraying a generic prowl. 04:47 And Clincher which Clincher will only spray on the North half where we don't have that high card Max Ace. 04:56 A chemical to be able to take care of the weeds. So we're gonna lay down those two residuals on the command and the prowl but with 05:03 the prowl we've got to have our rice seed that's germinated and have a root Sprout and a shoot coming out of it. If we don't have 05:12 that it's not coming up and you can't replant into it. So number one yield potential number two. 05:20 Do we need to have water on it to get that rise up for you potential number three, do we have enough rice out to be able to put out our second mode of action that we really want to 05:30 control the weeds that we have so much problems with the biggest thing that we face is we have to overlap residuals and command from FMC is 05:39 probably our like drinking tea at night. It's supper. I mean, it's something we have to have here. We have we have figured out we can go Max rates on 05:48 it multiple times in this heavy soles and this is one of the few places that we have good organic matter. I mean we're looking at five to six percent organ. 05:56 Matter in this rice fields because they're continually no to you. 06:00 So no, it's gotten kind of lengthy, but a lot of people have questions about rice a lot of people like to eat rice. You can tell from my belly that that I 06:07 love to eat rice potatoes. Make your butt big potatoes make your butt big and we hope that you all eat rice. But to close this video out. We're 06:13 proud of this Farm. It's a love hate relationship growing rice because it's normally in the mud and I always say we're 06:19 growing crops in the swamp. And and if you've seen this outside of today, you would think the same thing. So thanks for for explaining all the different stuff that we're doing. 06:28 Hopefully, he'll have more videos in the future and explain through the season kind of what we're what we're up against what we're doing.

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