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Better days ahead for Arkansas rice

Arkansas rice harvest

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

A.J. Hood solar

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 »

Rice farmer elected Arkansas Farm Bureau president

rich hillman

Rich Hillman, a grower of field crops, including rice, near Carlisle was recently elected as Arkansas Farm Bureau’s new president, and Mike Freeze of Little Rock was chosen as the agriculture advocacy organization’s new vice president. Both were selected during Farm Bureau’s 85th Annual Convention at the Statehouse Convention Center in Little Rock. Delegates also elected six other board members ... Read More »

Arkansas rice, cotton harvests beat the cold; fruit may suffer

National weather service map

After a mild weekend of sunny skies and temperatures in the high 50s, much of Arkansas found itself dealing with widespread rains and falling mercury throughout Monday. Tuesday, Nov. 12, the state awoke to a morning that declared itself as “winter” in no uncertain terms. The National Weather Service described Little Rock’s post-sunrise temperature as “22, feels like 9” degrees ... Read More »

Arkansas Cooperative Extension spotlights new aromatic at downtown event

downtown on the farm

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service will showcase its newest aromatic rice variety at Downtown on the Farm from 12-6 p.m., Oct. 27, at the River Market Pavilions and First Security Amphitheater in downtown Little Rock, Arkansas The free event, hosted by Arkansas Rice and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership, will highlight Arkansas agriculture and ... Read More »

Arkansas farm family strives to reduce rice’s carbon footprint

ben runkie, chris isbell

At the edge of Chris Isbell’s rice field, three miles south of Bayou Meto, the famous duck-hunting wetland, Ben Runkle tight-rope walks the narrowest of bridges, a one-by-12 plank spanning two cinderblock towers. He’s proud of the bridge, designed and built it himself, so he and his students can reach the meteorological tower on the other side of the field’s ... Read More »

Insect pests pose problems for late-planted crops, including rice

rice stink bug

When relentless spring rains pushed the planting window wide open, entomologists predicted problems for Arkansas row-crops. That has certainly proven true for the state’s late-planted cotton, soybeans and rice, said Gus Lorenz, Extension entomologist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. Rice Lorenz said stink bug numbers are “incredible” in 2019. “And they just keep coming,” he said. ... Read More »

Nature Conservancy teams with Kellogg’s to give away pump timers

nature conservancy, kellogg's

With financial support from Kellogg’s, The Nature Conservancy plans to give away and install Murphy pump timers to rice producers within Arkansas’ Cache River watershed. The region, centered around Newport and Walnut Ridge, is an area both groups are targeting to increase conservation practices, said Guilherme Prezotti, Delta project manager for The Nature Conservancy. As part of the conservation effort, ... Read More »

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 »