cost per acre to plant rice

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cost per acre to plant rice

Postby loch leven » Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:30 am

Does anyone have a rough estimate of the cost per acre to plant and fertilize rice for duck hunting (not a commercial crop)? I know the number varies based on seed, water and fuel costs but i am just trying to get a rough number in comparison to the cost of millet
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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby dukmisr2005 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 7:20 pm

Go to msucares.com. Plenty crop budgets there in a spreadsheet format. Adjust what Ya need to. Probably can back weed control down a bit to save some $$


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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby JaMak84 » Fri Mar 13, 2015 10:23 pm

SWAG could probably give you a budget down to the penny. With a conventional variety you could probably get it done for a couple hundred bucks an acre.
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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby Wingman » Mon Mar 16, 2015 2:53 pm

Fertilizer is what's gonna get in your wallet. 2,4-D for broadleaf weed control is cheap. Let the grasses grow with your rice.
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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby SWAG » Wed Mar 18, 2015 2:17 pm

A lot of variables come into play with rice and WHERE it is being grown. Is it a brake you are drawing down and planting into which will probably hold a lot of moisture and offer some above average natural fertility? Is it a field that has been cropped for long time? Is it an impoundment like the ones in CRP or WRP? Well going to be used?
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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby loch leven » Wed Mar 18, 2015 7:19 pm

It's a large area that has water control structures but gets plenty drainage and moisture. I have a well if necessary and just wondering whether rice is worth the cost. Jap millet is cheap and easy
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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby Wingman » Wed Mar 18, 2015 9:07 pm

I planted rice two years. The blackbirds had 85% of it consumed about a month before duck season.
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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby SWAG » Thu Mar 19, 2015 10:02 am

Wingman is right, the fertilizer is your highest input cost. I am not as familiar with the newest rice varieties being planted right now, but the seeding rate is lower than when I was growing rice. For a duck plot, your ideal planting date is much later than commercial grown rice. I would think somewhere around June 1-June 15 would be a good window. This has the potential to help with some of the blackbird issues but could run into some pest problems. Water is a weed control tool in rice. It does not have to be flooded but certainly enjoys abundant soil moisture. You have the ability to give it what it needs whether you decide to flood it or just flush it ever so often. Very, very generic but cost to grow rice for a duck plot could be broken down /acre like this:

Site Prep _____________________
Planting Application __________________
Seed __________________
Spraying Application ________________
Herbicides _________________
Fertilizer Application _______________
Fertilizer _________________
Pumping Cost ________________
Insecticide Application _________________
Insecticide ___________________
TOTAL:_____________________

So many variables that only the person who intends to do it can answer.....
*Site prep may be no more than pulling boards or may be 3 or tillage trips.
*The number of spray applications may be 2 or as many as 5.
*Many more variables
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Re: cost per acre to plant rice

Postby Wingman » Thu Mar 19, 2015 12:45 pm

Broadcast the seed into the water around June 1 and pull the water off in 24 hours.
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