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Year of extremes took a toll on Arkansas rice and soybeans

arkansas rice awaits harvest

A year of weather extremes — from a hard-frozen winter to a summer of drought to seemingly endless rains in the fall — took its toll on both rice and soybean, two of Arkansas’s top crops. Rice, however, emerged from the fray in notably better shape. “It’s probably been the most problematic year out of the last several,” says Jeremy ... Read More »

University of Arkansas winter row-crop production meetings

Here is a list of the 2019 University of Arkansas row crop production meetings scheduled as of Dec.7. For start times and location details, contact your county extension office. The meeting schedule will be posted at: https://www.uaex.edu/farm-ranch/crops-commercial-horticulture/ag-tech-calendar.aspx JANUARY Jan. 14 – WEINER – Craighead and Poinsett County rice, soybean. Jan. 15 – PRAIRIE COUNTY – Lonoke, Prairie and Pulaski rice ... Read More »

Researchers: Fertilizer choice can affect methane-producing organisms in soil

sampling rice fields for methane

University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture rice research may lead to more sustainable crop production in the state and around the world. The quest for increased sustainability in agriculture and other industries includes examining greenhouse gases and how they’re generated. In the United States, only a small fraction of greenhouse gases are attributed to agriculture – 8.6 percent, according ... Read More »

University of Arkansas leads research group seeking heat-tolerant rice

breeding heat-tolerant rice

The University of Arkansas is leading a research group working to identify the natural genetic variations in rice that allows the plant to produce high-quality grain in an environment of rising temperatures. The consortium of four universities recently received $4.65 million from the National Science Foundation to support their work. The team is studying the genetics of more than 400 ... Read More »

If you have low-yielding fields, check the stubble for stem rot

Additional rice stems infected with stem rot.

• By Jarrod Hardke • Several low-yielding rice fields recently have been identified as having stem rot. In the past few years, I have not observed much stem rot, but some of the cases this year have been particularly severe. If you have low-yielding fields and are uncertain of the cause, it may be useful to evaluate the stubble residue left ... Read More »

Just the facts ma’am — publication provides cover crop info

Austrian peas

University of Arkansas researchers have published the first fact sheet in a series about using cover crops. The crops, typically grown in the off season or winter, help save water, manage weeds and improve soil. “While cover cropping is not a new concept, crop rotations, management practices and types of crops grown have changed a lot in the last 30 ... Read More »

New University of Arkansas greenhouse will aid nighttime temperature studies

new university of arkansas greenhouse

A research greenhouse formally opened Aug. 2 further aids University of Arkansas efforts to stem yield loss after milling due to high nighttime temperatures. Jay Coker, chairman of the Rice Research and Promotion Board, says the need for an advanced facility to help develop resilient rice varieties became apparent after Arkansas rice producers lost yield after milling due to high ... Read More »

Arkansas rice field day highlights research, hot production issues

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • More than 250 rice producers, consultants and allied ag industry representatives packed tour trailers during the  University of Arkansas’ recent rice field day at the Rice Research and Extension Center near Stuttgart. Departing from the Rice Expo format, which included brief research center tours as well as activities for urban residents, this year’s rice field ... Read More »

Scientists screen for cultivars tolerant to high nighttime temps

high temperatures

The heat of the day is tough on crops, but it’s the heat of the night that keeps Arkansas rice growers worried. Arkansas has experienced several weeks of hot, dry weather and that’s growing concern among rice producers, says Jarrod Hardke, rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. “If we don’t see more rain soon, we ... Read More »

Looking into the crystal ball

grain bins trucks

USDA-ERS agricultural economist Nathan Childs recently provided a glimpse into how the 2018-19 rice marketing year is expected to shape up. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • The 2017-18 rice marketing year is just a few days shy of ending, but rice marketers are already looking to 2018-19. Globally, 2018 production and 2018-19 ending stocks are expected to only change ... Read More »