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Some Arkansas rice, soybean growers face latest twist in a difficult year

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While most of Arkansas may have escaped the worst of what Hurricane Barry augured in potential wind and rain, crops in many areas are struggling to move past the primary and secondary effects of the latest twist in an already difficult year. Rice Isolated rice fields in the state bore some of Barry’s brunt throughout the week. Jarrod Hardke, Extension ... Read More »

Hurricane Barry floodwaters affected Southwest Louisiana crops

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• By Bruce Schultz • Hurricane Barry had a minimal effect on Louisiana croplands, but its aftermath left a narrow strip of flooding rain that will cause damage. Some soybeans were flooded, and rice was submerged in areas that received heavy rain. There were reports of lodged sugarcane and some damage to corn. “For the most part, rice in the ... Read More »

A case of feast or famine in Arkansas

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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 »

Texas A&M researcher explores plant survival under extended flooding

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ice crops can stress under too much water or water at the wrong time. Developing tolerance to these flooding stresses and improving rice cultivars is the life passion for Dr. Endang “Septi” Septiningsih, a Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientist. Rice growers around the world have had two choices: plant poor-yielding traditional varieties that are moderately tolerant to long periods of ... Read More »

A pleasant surprise

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The Arkansas rice planting season in 2017 went at a near-record pace, lagging behind only 2012. Planted acres were expected to be 25 percent less than in 2016. The positive early season conditions had growers feeling upbeat about the year to come. Read More »

More mudbugs

Christian Richard crawfish rice

Louisiana’s crawfish producers generally are harvesting more pounds this season than last, allaying fears about damage from last summer’s flooding. Read More »

Take time to enjoy your ‘football’ family

Vicky Boyd

Fall is my favorite time of year, with the waning of hot weather, the crisp mornings and four-plus months of football to look forward to. Not only do sports bring families closer together in many ways, but they also provide at least a few hours of weekly diversion from the pressing issues of life.  Read More »