Tag Archives: arkansas

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

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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

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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

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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 »