Tag Archives: arkansas

UArk needs your help to build spray water quality database

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• By Tommy Butts • Spray water quality, specifically pH and hardness, can impact the efficacy of numerous pesticides. It has been shown that as water pH increases into more alkaline or basic conditions (pH greater than 7), pesticide active ingredients become less stable and therefore, less effective. Most fungicides are better suited to be applied in spray water that ... Read More »

Arkansas rice planting intentions surprise some

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Arkansas growers intend to plant about 1.39 million acres of rice in 2020, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released March 31. The acreage is a rebound from 2019’s 1.15 million acres but still shy of 2018’s 1.44 million acres. The modest increase surprised some analysts, who expected acreage as high as 1.5 ... Read More »

With little early planting, COVID-19 impacts on Arkansas rice remain unknown

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Finally, some rice is in the ground. Barely. Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Thursday that a handful of growers began water-seeding rice, a technique that typically accounts for about 5% of all rice acreage in the state. “That’s the very first rice planted in Arkansas ... Read More »

March 19 virtual field trip to address surface water irrigation issues

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As concerns over declining groundwater levels in Arkansas increase, some farmers have built their own reservoirs to ensure adequate irrigation for their crops. Groundwater use from the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer, which supports the Arkansas Delta, has increased over the last century and the “majority of the increase is attributed to irrigation,” according to the Arkansas State Water Plan’s ... Read More »

UA to host drone summit, March 12-13

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If you’ve ever wanted to fly, here’s an opportunity to start getting your wings. The fourth annual Arkansas Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit will take place March 12-13 with simultaneous events in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Registration is now open. Drone experts will cover topics such as Federal Aviation Administration compliance, homeland security regulations, how drones can aid in research and ... Read More »

Pretty in pink

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Bucket traps aid University of Arkansas research into new row-rice pest, control measures. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • University of Arkansas entomologists continue their quest to learn more about the rice levee billbug, a weevil pest that until recently only caused occasional issues for levee rice. With the increasing popularity of row rice — also called furrow-irrigated rice — ... Read More »

Weary of another wet winter, Arkansas rice growers watch for a dry window

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When it comes to deciding between planting rice, soybean or other crops in 2020, it’s not just a question of markets and futures contracts. For many growers, it’s a question of when the ground will be dry enough to work. “I’ve got one rice grower in my county,” said Kevin Van Pelt, agricultural agent for the Conway County Cooperative Extension ... Read More »

Better days ahead for Arkansas rice

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While 2019 was doom and gloom for rice producers, 2020 may be the year of the rebound for the state’s largest agricultural export, with total Arkansas rice acreage expected to increase 25% to nearly 1.5 million acres. “We’re expecting a sharp increase in total rice acres driven by long-grain rice, with a modest reduction in medium-grain acreage,” said Scott Stiles, ... Read More »

National Ag Law Center offers guidance on solar leases

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With a spike in the solar industry, many landowners are leasing their property to solar developers as a form of extra income. However, these specialty leases present some unique legal concerns. The National Agricultural Law Center has published two guides to help landowners navigate solar leases. “The Farmland Owner’s Guide to Solar Leasing” and “Understanding Solar Energy Agreements” are meant ... Read More »