STUTTGART – In parts of Arkansas, the signature sweeping curves of rice field levees are being replaced by straight rows, a change that can provide significant cost savings for growers. Most of the rice in Arkansas is grown in controlled floods. The curved levees follow the field contours enabling growers to maintain water levels and keep roots submerged. However, “row rice” — so called because it is grown like most other row crops in the state, furrow irrigated and without benefit of a controlled flood — is gradually expanding its footprint, according to officials. READ MORE