Tag Archives: arkansas

Riceland Foods launches water-saving initiative

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Through the Ingrain Good initiative, Riceland Foods and its farmer members aim to reduce water use in rice production by 250 billion gallons by 2025 in Arkansas and Missouri. The co-op and its members plan to do this through the promotion, adoption and implementation of efficient irrigation tools and techniques, according to a news release. Water-use efficiency has been a ... Read More »

UArk plans virtual irrigation tour Sept. 10

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Mike Wood uses technology on his Cross County soybean and rice farm in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, to protect and improve water quality and help reduce water use. Computerized irrigation management, the use of soil moisture sensors and surge valve irrigation are just a few of the tools in use as part of his participation in the Arkansas Discovery Farms program. ... Read More »

Louisiana growers continue to assess Hurricane Laura damage

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• By Steve Linscombe, Josh Hankins and Emily Woodall • It’s been a week since Hurricane Laura made landfall in the rice country of southwest Louisiana, carving a path of destruction with winds and rain that then moved on through neighboring states to the north. Effects on the 2020 rice crop are still being assessed to determine the extent of ... Read More »

Laura’s wicked winds twist soybeans, flatten rice in Arkansas

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• By Mary Hightower • Bryce Baldridge, a Lawrence County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, heard the warnings Thursday night. “They said a tornado was headed for Bono which is where I live,” he said on Friday. “My daughter got the dog and headed for the bathtub,” Baldridge said, adding that he was ... Read More »

Rice growers check for damage from Laura, make repairs

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Since September 2005, Hurricane Rita has been southwest Louisiana’s reference for measuring the severity of weather events.  Yesterday, thanks to Hurricane Laura, this area received a new reference point and a wound from which it will take some time to recover. The city of Lake Charles felt the brunt of the storm, although the port and the rail facility there ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura may affect early Arkansas harvest efforts

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• By Ryan McGeeney • High winds and heavy rainfall from what forecasters expect will be a major hurricane — Hurricane Laura — will likely sweep through most of Arkansas by Friday, just as harvest nears for several major crops across the state. Laura is predicted to push into Arkansas before turning northeastward toward Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. The National ... Read More »

Arkansas Rice taps Kelly Robbins as new executive director

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• By Josh Hankins • The Arkansas Rice Federation board selected Kelly Robbins as the organization’s new executive director, effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Lauren Waldrip, a partner at Campbell Ward, a Little Rock-based public affairs and public relations firm. Most recently, Robbins served as executive director for the Arkansas Petroleum Council and has previously served as executive vice president ... Read More »

Rice stink bugs — so far, so good

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• By Gus Lorenz, Nick Bateman and Ben Thrash • Rice stink bugs have been relatively quite so far this year. We are still seeing a large number of rice stink bugs, although mainly nymphs, on turn rows feeding on native grasses. We have heard of a handful of fields that were either right at threshold or slightly above and ... Read More »

Dr. Bob Scott tapped to lead UArk Cooperative Extension

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Bob Scott has been named director of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service, the organization that delivers the education outreach portion of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s land-grant mission. Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, announced Scott’s appointment June 19. Scott starts his new position July 1, succeeding Rick Cartwright, who retires June 30. “We ... Read More »

UA Pine Bluff teams with other agencies on feral hog program

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Feral hogs continue to be a major problem in Arkansas, causing more than $19 million yearly to the state’s agriculture industry alone, according the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. In addition to crop losses, feral hogs damage pastures, destroy wildlife habitat, pollute water and transmit disease to livestock and, in rare cases, to people. Feral hogs have been known to move ... Read More »