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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 »

MSU’s Drew Gholson to lead Alluvial Aquifer Research Center

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Dr. Drew Gholson has been appointed coordinator of the National Center for Alluvial Aquifer Research, a jointly created and cooperative organization established by Mississippi State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service. The center’s mission is to conduct research and provide information for issues surrounding water-use for agriculture and natural resources in the Lower Mississippi River Basin. ... Read More »

Corteva Agriscience plans California grower meetings, Feb. 3 and 10

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Corteva Agriscience plans to hold two California rice grower meetings via Zoom this season rather than the usual in-person get-togethers. One is scheduled for 9-11 a.m., Feb. 3, and the second one, a repeat, will be held from 9-11 a.m., Feb. 10. Each one is free, but you must preregister to receive a link to the Zoom conference. The agenda ... Read More »

MU alerts FDA about potentially toxic pet food, prompting recall

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Following an alert by a University of Missouri veterinary toxicology expert working in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture and the Food and Drug Administration, Midwestern Pet Foods Inc. voluntarily recalled some of their Sportmix brand of pet food Dec. 30, 2020. It expanded the recall Jan. 11. The FDA launched a formal investigation to identify all Sportmix pet ... Read More »

UCCE slates virtual winter rice meeting for Feb. 11

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The University of California Cooperative Extension plans to hold its annual winter rice meetings as a virtual event Feb. 11 from 9 a.m.-noon PST. Continuing education credits are pending from the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) and Certified Crop Advisors (CCA). The cost is $10, and you must preregister to receive a Zoom link. Here is the agenda: 9:00-9:10              ... Read More »