Rice fields in Arkansas

One of the major food crops in Arkansas is rice.

Unlike regular fields with their even narrow rows, that stretch to the horizon lines at times, rice fields are widely spaced curving rows with berms dividing the rows.

A satellite view of rice fields in Hazen, Arkansas shows the wide and curvy rows.

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From the highway this is what the fields look like.

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These fields are generally under water for several weeks to a month or two. The dirt berms hold the water in the sections acting like dams.

Later in the summer months the green rice fields will show the curving landscape better.

Someday I hope to see how rice gets harvested. I’m told it is done with tractors fitted with either tank like conveyor belt tread or by tractors with huge balloon tires. I don’t know if the tractors are fitted with some kind of combine to lop off the heads as with wheat or if the crop is cut with a swather as is used to cut alfalfa.

I’m sure I will find out one day this fall or next. Just thought you might like to know about rice fields and a different crop than corn, wheat, or soybeans.

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I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

3 responses to “Rice fields in Arkansas

  • gardenpinks

    I never associate America with rice growing – to me America and Canada are always synonymous with vast vistas of wheat plains 🙂 Love the eye opening tours you give us 😀

    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Likewise, I thought the UK only had sheep and dairy cows. I didn’t know you had crop fields full of vegetables and fruits.

      Together you and I will contribute to the breaking of stereotypes for our countrymen :D. Okay, maybe not such a lofty thing. We certainly will enlighten each other 😀

      Love you – Leslie

    • Message In A Fold

      Oh, wait I do remember you have wheat fields because of all the wonderful and mysterious crop circles 🙂

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