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Despite COVID, work progresses on University of Arkansas’ NERREC

Tim Burcham, NERREC

• By Vicky Boyd, Editor • If construction goes according to schedule, the University of Arkansas System’ Northeast Rice Research and Extension Center near Harrisburg will begin hosting rice field trials and experiments in 2021. This season, soil over much of the 600-acre facility was moved to level and grade fields. This facilitated installation of new drainage and irrigation systems. ... Read More »

UArk plans virtual irrigation tour Sept. 10

multiple inlet irrigation

Mike Wood uses technology on his Cross County soybean and rice farm in Cherry Valley, Arkansas, to protect and improve water quality and help reduce water use. Computerized irrigation management, the use of soil moisture sensors and surge valve irrigation are just a few of the tools in use as part of his participation in the Arkansas Discovery Farms program. ... Read More »

Laura’s wicked winds twist soybeans, flatten rice in Arkansas

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• By Mary Hightower • Bryce Baldridge, a Lawrence County Extension staff chair for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, heard the warnings Thursday night. “They said a tornado was headed for Bono which is where I live,” he said on Friday. “My daughter got the dog and headed for the bathtub,” Baldridge said, adding that he was ... Read More »

Hurricane Laura may affect early Arkansas harvest efforts

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• By Ryan McGeeney • High winds and heavy rainfall from what forecasters expect will be a major hurricane — Hurricane Laura — will likely sweep through most of Arkansas by Friday, just as harvest nears for several major crops across the state. Laura is predicted to push into Arkansas before turning northeastward toward Missouri, Mississippi and Tennessee. The National ... Read More »

Check sedge escapes before harvest to see if any may be newcomer

white-edge sedge

• By Tommy Butts • Harvest is rapidly approaching, and the majority of folks have put weed control thoughts behind them. However, identifying and assessing late-season weed escapes is a necessity to develop an effective weed control strategy for the next year. Sedges have really exploded over the past couple of seasons, and identifying specific sedge species escapes in the ... Read More »

Rice acres may cushion economic impacts of COVID on Arkansas farms

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• By Mary Hightower • Growing rice may provide some insulation from the economic impacts of COVID-19 for Arkansas farms, but cotton growers are likely to be harder hit through 2023, according to a model run by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The study did have an upside: the negative effects from COVID-19 on 2019 commodity prices ... Read More »

An ode to rice field days

green bean and rice caserole

The rice field day circuit is different this year, and those of us who try to hit many of them may be having withdrawal symptoms. Sure, these events are a chance learn about the latest research at the various universities or at the California Rice Experiment Station. And with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, universities and the California Rice Experiment Station ... Read More »

Rice stink bugs — so far, so good

rice stink bug nymph

• By Gus Lorenz, Nick Bateman and Ben Thrash • Rice stink bugs have been relatively quite so far this year. We are still seeing a large number of rice stink bugs, although mainly nymphs, on turn rows feeding on native grasses. We have heard of a handful of fields that were either right at threshold or slightly above and ... Read More »

USDA grant supports multi-disciplinary study of crop residue burning

open-field burning

Researchers at four higher education institutions have begun work on a federally funded project that will focus on determining better management techniques for burning crop residues. The project director is Dr. Aaron M. Shew, assistant professor and R.E.L. Wilson Chair of Agricultural Economics in Arkansas State University’s College of Agriculture. He is working with researchers from the University of Arkansas, ... Read More »