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UArk to host virtual soil moisture sensor school Feb. 16-17

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Arkansas crop producers who want to get better control of their water use during the 2021 growing season will have several opportunities through a two-day soil health school. The Cooperative Extension Service, part of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, will offer a two-day soil sensor school Feb. 16-17. Participants will attend both days, but have a choice ... Read More »

Conference honors UArk Extension’s Mike Daniels for conservation work

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• By Ryan McGeeney • The Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and the Judd Hill Foundation recently honored one of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s longest-serving conservation experts, presenting Mike Daniels with the 2021 Outstanding Conservationist Award. Daniels, Extension soil and water conservation specialist for the Division of Agriculture, received the award as part of the ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter releases crop budget tools for 2021 crop year

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• By Kenneth Gautreaux • Having a healthy farm economy is important on the local and national levels. To help farmers make informed choices,  Louisiana State University AgCenter economists have released their latest budget planning and decision tools for the 2021 crop year. Economist Michael Deliberto and research associate Brian Hilburn have developed a system of budgets and spreadsheets to ... Read More »

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show moves to all-virtual format

Mid-South Farm & Gin Show

Organizers of the 2021 Mid-South Farm & Gin Show in Memphis, Tennessee, have decided not to hold the event in person and will instead move it to an online virtual format this year. The event had been planned for Feb. 26-27 at the Renasant Convention Center, formerly the Cook Convention Center, in downtown Memphis. The decision was made following months ... Read More »

UArk releases updated 2021 weed, insect and disease management guides

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New editions of the most widely used publications from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture are now available and offer the latest research-based recommendations for managing insects, weeds and diseases in row crop agriculture, as well as in fruit, vegetable and garden production. The 2021 publications include: • MP44 — Recommended Chemicals for Weed and Brush Control. • ... Read More »

Louisiana Master Farmer Program graduates 2020 class

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The Louisiana Master Farmer Program, a Louisiana State University AgCenter-led initiative that teaches about conservation, recently graduated its 2020 class. Five new Master Farmer certifications as well as 14 recertifications were awarded  recently during a virtual meeting of the Louisiana Association of Conservation Districts. Also, Mead Hardwick of Tensas Parish was named the 2020 Louisiana Outstanding Master Farmer. To become ... Read More »

LSU AgCenter launches preseason rice and soybean videos

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With the start of rice planting only two months away, the LSU AgCenter has prepared a series of video presentations by its experts to help farmers prepare for the 2021 crop. These are in place of the normal in-person winter grower meetings, which have been put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The videos can be viewed at https://lsuagcenter.com/topics/crops/rice/virtual-presentations. In ... Read More »

2020 proved a surprisingly steady year for most Arkansas crops

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Despite a year dominated by major weather systems run amuck and a global pandemic, most of Arkansas’ major crops came out ahead in 2020, according to a Jan. 12 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Overall, Arkansas growers harvested about 6.74 million acres of commodity crops in 2020, not including fruits and other specialty ... Read More »

Let’s review poultry litter as a row-crop fertilizer

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• By Larry Oldham • It is time to once again review using poultry litter, aka broiler litter, to fertilize row crops. Many growers now have their own experiences, so this should be a reminder. Prior to the last 10 to 15 years, poultry litter was primarily used to fertilize hay and forage crops in fields near the production facilities. ... Read More »

Rice producer named to California Water Commission

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has appointed three, including rice producer Kim Gallagher, to the California Water Commission. Joining her are Amy Cardalis, a member of the Yurok Tribe and its general counsel, and Fern Steiner, an attorney and member of the San Diego County Water Authority Board. They still have to be confirmed by the state Senate. The California Water ... Read More »