Dr. Hunter Bowman
Assistant Professor-Extension Rice Specialist|Mississippi State University
2023 Abstract - BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES FOR ALTERNATIVE RICE GROWING TECHNIQUES: Historically rice produced in the United States (U.S.), has been grown in a flooded environment. This production practice requires zero-graded patties, contour levees, or straight levees in order to maintain flood depth in rice. Recently two new rice growing techniques have gained interest: alternate wetting and drying (AWD) and furrow-irrigated. These practices are intended to reduce water use, labor requirements, and field preparation work. However, reports of increased total nitrogen and herbicide application needs have been recorded. Therefore, research is needed to evaluate the best management practices in these techniques versus a traditional flooded environment.
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