Furrow irrigated rice (FIR) has spread in popularity across the Mississippi River Delta Region in recent years. Much of this popularity is driven by the attractive yield potential, reduced input usage (e.g. labor), and efficient use of water. In the Delta Region, much attention for alternative rice irrigation practices rests on the potential for reduced groundwater withdrawal. Furrow irrigated rice is expected to increase significantly across the Mid-South this spring given the increased focus on farming sustainability and the announcement of furrow irrigated rice being covered by crop insurance.
The LSU AgCenter and the LSU College of Agriculture