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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 »

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 »

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 »