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Avoid automatic fungicides

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Take an integrated approach to disease management and consider several factors before making an application. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • No two farming seasons are alike, and that also goes for variations in plant disease severity from year to year. Nevertheless, plant pathologists say some recommendations ring true every season. Start by choosing varieties with tolerance to your most ... Read More »

Corn, rice and soybean markets climb as USDA reports 2021 planting intentions

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As world markets slowly unfurl from the global knot of the COVID-19 pandemic, futures markets for both soybean and corn responded in a powerfully positive manner March 31 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s annual Prospective Plantings Report. The report, conducted by the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service, reflects producers’ intended acreage for crops across ... Read More »

USDA predicts 2.71 million acres of planted rice, or 11% less, for 2021

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service has released its perspective planting report for 2021, and it shows a reduction in rice plantings of about 326,000 acres — or about 11% — nationwide compared to 2020. Based on surveys that asked growers how many acres they plant to plant, USDA projects about 2.71 million acres of planted rice ... Read More »

USDA, Extension provide trapping assistance to fight feral hogs

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Although the COVID-19 pandemic has slowed many human activities, it hasn’t stopped feral hogs from reproducing and causing damage. Throughout 2021, the Cooperative Extension Service, in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and other partnering organizations, is reaching out to residents to help reduce populations of the rampaging ... Read More »

Siri, turn off pump

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Research examines potential water savings of automated and remote irrigation systems. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Nowadays, computer and smartphone technology allows users to monitor home security, adjust thermostats, and automatically turn on and off lights and appliances while they’re away. Drew Gholson, a Mississippi State University Extension irrigation specialist, is conducting farm-scale research trials to determine whether growers ... Read More »

Producers Rice, solar firm ink deal to build solar project

More than 18 months in the works, Producers Rice Mill and Scenic Hill Solar finally received approval from the Arkansas Public Service Commission to build a 26-megawatt DC solar power plant combined with up to 40 megawatt-hours of energy storage capacity. When completed, it will be the largest commercial solar plant and battery storage system in the state. The project ... Read More »

New year, new government, new priorities

Every spring brings transformation. It’s a new year, a new growing season, and this year there’s a new president in the White House. The Biden administration will be made up of both fresh and familiar faces, and one thing we can expect is a renewed focus on the environment. While this may be a point of concern among other sectors, ... Read More »

Supervillain grassy weeds vs. ‘Kryptonite’: Who will win?

Vicky Boyd

If the weed kingdom had a band of supervillains, barnyardgrass and watergrass would surely be members. These species that belong to the genus Echinochloa wield super powers and are the bane of rice growers. Herbicides, once the Kryptonite for these grassy invaders, have lost their super powers in many instances as the weeds have developed resistance. With only a few ... Read More »

Conference honors UArk Extension’s Mike Daniels for conservation work

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• By Ryan McGeeney • The Arkansas Soil and Water Education Conference and the Judd Hill Foundation recently honored one of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s longest-serving conservation experts, presenting Mike Daniels with the 2021 Outstanding Conservationist Award. Daniels, Extension soil and water conservation specialist for the Division of Agriculture, received the award as part of the ... 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 »