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Arkansas ag leaders remind producers to follow voluntary smoke program

open-field burning

As harvest gets underway, producers in Arkansas are reminded about following the state’s voluntary smoke management program as they prepare to burn crop residue. At the recent University of Arkansas Rice Field Day in Stuttgart, Extension rice agronomist Jarrod Hardke reiterated the importance of following the voluntary smoke guidelines. It applies to burning any crop residue and not just rice, ... Read More »

Horizon Ag plans Arkansas field day for Aug. 13

Horizon Ag Arkansas field day

The 2019 Horizon Ag Arkansas Field Day, featuring CLM04 and CLL15, two new Clearfield rice varieties developed by the University of Arkansas, will be held Aug. 13 at Coleman Farms near Jonesboro, Arkansas. Attendees also will have a chance to see and hear how the Provisia Rice System, with varieties PVL01 and the new PVL02, is enabling farmers to effectively ... Read More »

Scout, then treat for sheath blight in rice

older sheath blight lesions

• By Yeshi Wamishe • Automatic fungicide applications for sheath blight in rice are highly discouraged due to the potential development of fungicide resistance and non-profitability. Although sheath blight can be reduced with best cultural practices, it is one of the most prevalent diseases for which fungicides are typically applied. Prolonged periods of high humidity and temperatures favor sheath blight ... Read More »

2 rice producers among Arkansas Farm Family of the Year district winners

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The eight district winners in the 72nd annual Arkansas Farm Family of the Year program have been selected, representing the diversity of Arkansas agriculture, the state’s largest industry. The district winners will now be judged to determine a state winner, which will be  announced Dec. 6 at the Farm Family of the Year luncheon at the Wyndham Hotel in North ... Read More »

Consider these management tips for late-planted rice

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• By Jarrod Hardke • Rice drills continue to roll up and down eastern Arkansas. I think most are very aware we’ve been on the slowest planting pace in 25 years to get us here focusing on late May to early June planted rice. While most have already made their decision, and the weather may finish off planting in the ... Read More »

A case of feast or famine in Arkansas

arkansaas river

While farmers in southeastern Arkansas prepare for the rising Arkansas River, some of their colleagues are coping with the opposite problem: dry fields. As of Friday’s (May 31) forecast, the river at Pendleton in Desha County was expected to reach 36 feet on June 6-7, well above the record of 34.1 feet. “You know, what’s weird is we have all ... Read More »

University of Arkansas’ insecticide manual has gone mobile

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The University of Arkansas’s MP-144, also known as “Insecticide Recommendations for Arkansas,” has gone mobile. Producers, agricultural agents and consultants will now have access to a comprehensive database of insecticide information at their fingertips, with the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s launch of a mobile-device-friendly version of the insecticide manual. Glenn Studebaker, Extension entomologist for the Division of ... Read More »

Fungicide seed treatments are worth it if seedling diseases are present

rice seed fungicidal treatments

• By Yeshi Wamishe • Field history is a major factor when considering to use fungicide seed treatments. If your field has a history of seed rot and seedling diseases (mostly blight and seedling death), it is highly possible you’re dealing with a seedling disease complex caused by fungi and other microbes, of which Rhizoctonia solani is part of. Remember ... Read More »

2019 Mid-South rice planting season appears to be running in slow motion

mississippi rice tunica

The 2019 rice planting season seems like it’s running in slow motion. Nationwide, slightly more than half of the anticipated acres had been planted as of May 12, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Crop Progress report. That compares to 81 percent at the same time in 2018. Bobby Golden, Mississippi State University Extension rice agronomist, says growers in ... Read More »

Arkansas’ new truth-in-labeling law targets rice imposters

Vicky Boyd

The Arkansas Legislature recently passed a measure that sets strict definitions for a host of agricultural products, including rice, and requires food companies to accurately label their products. Gov. Asa Hutchison subsequently signed it into law, creating Act 501. The state legislation is an offshoot of efforts by USA Rice federally to have the Food and Drug Administration establish a ... Read More »