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Innovative farmers may need to adjust for row rice

Ryan Sullivan, and his father Mike are in their second year of working with furrow-irrigated or row rice.

Mike Sullivan says he and his son, Ryan, missed three 80-percent chances for rain in a row while they waited for some of their rice to emerge on their farm in Mississippi County in northeast Arkansas last spring.

Most farmers can understand how frustrating that would be, but it was especially so for the Sullivans who were in their second year of trying to figure out how to best make furrow-irrigated rice work on their farm.

Ryan Sullivan, who talked about their second year of working with furrow-irrigated or row rice at a session of the National Conservation Systems Cotton and Rice Conference in Memphis, Tenn., said the learning experience was part of what is helping them become more comfortable with the approach. They plan to double their row rice acreage in 2018.

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