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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 »

Rollercoaster ride

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Arkansas’ 2020 season had its ups and downs but finished on a profitable note. • By Ryan McGeeney • It almost goes without saying that 2020 will be a year to remember — even if many across the country may already be dreaming up ways to forget it. For Arkansas rice growers, the year proved to carry burdens both familiar ... Read More »

New GSI storage bin dealership opens in Jonesboro, Arkansas

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A new GSI dealership, Innovative Grain Systems, has opened in Jonesboro, Arkansas, to serve farmers in a 300-mile radius and commercial grain operations throughout the Mid-South Innovative Grain Systems offers a full line of steel grain storage bins, hopper tanks, high-efficiency dryers and grain handling accessories from GSI, an Agco brand, according to a news release. The dealership management team ... Read More »

UArk’s Rick Cartwright among 6 to be inducted into Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame

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The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame has announced that six individuals will be inducted during 2021 due to their leadership and service to the state’s largest business sector. The newest class represents agriculture education, the seed industry, agri-business, row-crop production, agricultural/political advocacy, timber management, plus agricultural research and outreach. The newest inductees include: • Retired Cooperative Extension Service Director Rick ... Read More »

USDA-ARS researcher recognized with 2020 USA Rice Sustainability Award

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• By Lydia Holmes • Dr. Michele Reba, a research hydrologist with the U.S. Department of Agricultural Agriculture Research Service, is the 2020 recipient of the USA Rice Sustainability Award. Reba was chosen for her leadership and innovative research around sustainable rice production. Her specialties in civil engineering and hydrology make her unique in the rice research world. But what ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice Cultivar Testing, 2018-2020

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The University of Arkansas recently published cultural performance data from the Arkansas Rice Performance Trials (ARPT), Commercial Rice Trials (CRT) in grower fields and from seeding date studies conducted during 2018-2020. These studies are supported through grower check-off funds administered by the Arkansas Rice Research and Promotion Board. Additional information can be found on the Extension rice website (http://www.uaex.edu/rice) and ... Read More »

Rice producer partners with UArk on forestry and wildlife programs

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• By Mary Hightower • The University of Arkansas at Monticello, the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and the Five Oaks Ag Research and Education Center recently announced a partnership for forestry and wildlife research and a graduate certificate program in conservation, property and land management. The agreement was announced following a signing ceremony at the Five Oaks ... Read More »

Upping the ante

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Two new Clearfield long-grain varieties offer good yield potential and disease package. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Two new Clearfield long-grain varieties available commercially in 2021 will up the ante with high yield potential, good grain quality and strong blast resistance. CLL16 is from the rice breeding program of University of Arkansas’ Karen Moldenhauer, while CLL17 is from Louisiana ... Read More »

Webinars scheduled for annual state outlook and research reports

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• By Lesley Dixon • In lieu of in-person meetings at the now-canceled 2020 USA Rice Outlook Conference, the annual state outlook and research reports will be held live via webinar.  The bedrock of the Outlook Conference and the culmination of a year in the rice industry, these reports provide updates, research and analysis from land grant universities in all ... Read More »

Kellogg’s grant to Nature Conservancy helps fund irrigation timers

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As part of Kellogg’s Better Days commitment to support 1 million farmers by the end of 2030, the company is collaborating with The Nature Conservancy to provide efficient water irrigation resources to Arkansas rice farmers. Thanks to a $165,000 grant from Kellogg, The Nature Conservancy installed irrigation timers on 30 farms to manage water use on approximately 15,000 acres of ... Read More »