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Take these steps to prepare for possible fertilizer shortages

fertilizer spreading

• By Trent Roberts • With current Mississippi River levels above flood stage along all of Arkansas’ eastern border, there are increasing concerns that limited barge traffic combined with reduced access to Arkansas ports may tighten fertilizer stocks during periods of high use. Current river depth at Memphis is at 30 feet and falling: however, there is still a significant ... Read More »

Arkansas growers play catch up during first relatively dry week

Arkansas field prep

Throughout the Arkansas Delta, growers have eyed the first relatively dry week of weather since last September with cautious optimism. Stewart Runsick, staff chair for the Clay County Cooperative Extension Service office, says many growers in his area were able to do some of the first tillage of the season — work that, in most years, would’ve been checked off ... Read More »

Medium grains Titan and Jupiter each has pros and cons

• By Jarrod Hardke • There has been a fair amount of discussion about medium-grain selection between Titan and Jupiter this spring. Titan and Jupiter each have their own pros and cons. Based on head-to-head comparison, the yield potential is virtually identical (Figure 1) when looking at Producer Rice Evaluation Program (PREP) small-plot trials in 2017-2018. Titan gets the slight ... Read More »

New kids on the block

AR1111 new Arkansas Clearfield long-grain

Horizon Ag, University of Arkansas join to introduce two Clearfield varieties. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • In partnership with the University of Arkansas and BASF, Horizon Ag plans to introduce two Clearfield varieties for seed production this season and for commercial planting in 2020. The new long grain and new medium grain were released by the University of Arkansas and ... Read More »

Rain, rain, go away!

muddy Arkansas rice field

For many Arkansas farms, the view is the same: water, mud and more water. “With many areas still struggling to dry out from wet weather over the past couple of months, there isn’t much good news over the next week,” the National Weather Service at Little Rock said on March 8. “Rainfall amounts could exceed 3 inches across the southeastern ... Read More »

2018 Arkansas rice production marks recovery from 2017 flooding

early season arkansas rice harvest

Even if the fall of 2018 marked the “harvest that never ended,” Arkansas growers managed to pull enough rice from the land to mark a 30 percent increase over 2017’s disastrous numbers, which reflected the severe spring flooding of that year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service recently released state-by-state crop and stock reports, the first new ... Read More »

Horizon Ag introduces two Clearfield varieties

new horizon ag logo

In partnership with the University of Arkansas, Horizon Ag plans to introduce two Clearfield varieties for seed production this season and commercial planting in 2020. The new medium- and long-grain varieties were released by the University of Arkansas and are from the breeding program of Dr. Xueyan Sha at the Rice Research and Extension Center in Stuttgart, Arkansas. “Dr. Sha is ... Read More »

University of Arkansas to host two row rice roundtables

Monty Landon row rice

Two upcoming production meetings aim to help growers and industry experts reach a consensus on the best approach to an increasingly popular method of agriculture in Arkansas: furrow-irrigated rice, also known as row rice. “Row rice is an emerging production practice for rice that is increasing adoption, but lacks a consensus on production practices,” says Chris Henry, associate professor and ... Read More »

UA rice processing expert among 5 named to Arkansas Ag Hall of Fame

Dr. Terry Siebenmorgen

The Arkansas Agriculture Hall of Fame plans to induct five individuals whose leadership and service have brought distinction to the state’s largest business sector. The newest class includes retired University of Arkansas educator Dr. L.B. (Bernie) Daniels of Fayetteville; Ed Fryar of Rogers, the founder of Ozark Mountain Poultry; UA professor Dr. Donna Graham of Fayetteville; UA distinguished professor Dr. ... Read More »

University of Arkansas hires new Extension weed scientist

Tommy Butts

The newest University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture weed scientist says he expects to rack up more than a few miles of field walking as he learns more about the issues faced by Mid-South farmers. Hailing from southern Wisconsin, weed scientist Thomas Butts took his new position as Extension weed scientist on Nov. 26. He brings a diverse background, ... Read More »