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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 »

Proof positive

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Arkansas revisits rice stink bug thresholds, finding they still balance grain damage with grower profitability. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • As two southern rice-producing states changed their rice stink bug thresholds, reducing the number that would trigger treatment, University of Arkansas entomologists decided they should revisit their recommendations. After conducting numerous trials — ranging from caged feeding studies to ... Read More »

Numbers don’t tell the full story of the 2020 Arkansas planting season

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• By Ryan McGeeney • As anyone who’s ever seen their working conditions boiled down to a single pair of digits can tell you, big numbers don’t always tell the whole story. To see the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tell it, for example, the 14-day period that ended May 10 represented two weeks in a row in which seven out ... Read More »

UArk publishes ‘Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook’

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Furrow-irrigated rice has been gaining ground, increasing from less than 1% to 10% of total rice acreage in Arkansas in the past five years. The “Arkansas Furrow-Irrigated Rice Handbook” provides research-based information about selecting cultivars, establishing stands, and managing fertility, weeds, disease, insects and irrigation. It also provides information about budgeting and crop insurance, which became available for furrow-irrigated rice ... Read More »

Chocolate Lab gains a reputation at UA’s Pine Tree Station

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• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • Panda, a chocolate Labrador that calls the University of Arkansas’ Pine Tree Research Station home, has become somewhat of an unwitting social media celebrity. Although she doesn’t have her own Twitter account like Pedro, the #catsupervisor at the university’s Lonoke Extension Center, Panda is frequently featured in Pine Tree’s tweets. (To view the postings, ... Read More »

Groundwater: out of sight but not out of mind

Vicky Boyd

Buried deep below the soil surface, groundwater may be out of sight. Increasingly, though, the natural resource is anything but out of mind. Several efforts, both voluntary and regulatory, are ongoing to try to reduce groundwater overdraft and increase recharge. How these will affect agriculture remains to be seen and may not be known for years to come. Arkansas completed ... Read More »

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 »