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Arkansas rice, soybean acres increase; other row crop acreage falls

Arkansas rice harvest

A global health crisis and its attendant economic impacts, unusually wet weather and an ongoing trade dispute with China had a discouraging effect on Arkansas growers’ acreage decisions for some key crops in 2020, even as farmers went all in on others. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its annual Acreage report Tuesday, revealing planting decisions ... Read More »

How to scout for hydrogen sulfide toxicity

rice roots

• By Yeshi Wamishe • This is a reminder for you to take samples of rice roots from your fields to gauge how much the wet conditions this year followed by the normal permanent flood have affected your rice. This note is more useful for fields that have a history of hydrogen sulfide toxicity/autumn decline. However, it does not exclude ... Read More »

UArk research examines use of broken kernels in instant rice products

rebecca bruce

A paper written by a doctoral student and faculty of the department of food science in the University of Arkansas has been named an “editor’s pick” by the Cereals & Grains Association. The paper, “Physicochemical and Functional Properties of Medium-Sized Broken Rice Kernels and Their Potential in Instant Rice Production,” was written by doctoral student Rebecca Bruce, associate professor of ... Read More »

New scholarship honors retiring UArk Extension director Rick Cartwright

rick cartwright with big check

Friends and employees of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture honored outgoing Cooperative Extension Service director Rick Cartwright June 26 with a $40,000 scholarship endowment created and named in honor of him and his wife, Lynette. The Rick and Lynette Cartwright Scholarship Endowment will be managed by the Arkansas 4-H Foundation. Proceeds from the endowment will fund future ... Read More »

Dr. Bob Scott tapped to lead UArk Cooperative Extension

bob scott

Bob Scott has been named director of Arkansas’ Cooperative Extension Service, the organization that delivers the education outreach portion of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s land-grant mission. Mark Cochran, vice president-agriculture for the University of Arkansas System, announced Scott’s appointment June 19. Scott starts his new position July 1, succeeding Rick Cartwright, who retires June 30. “We ... Read More »

2020 is shaping up to be a bad rice water weevil year

rice water weevil adult

• By Nick Bateman, Gus Lorenz and Ben Thrash • We have received multiple phone calls over the past week about rice water weevils, and based on our observations, it is trending toward a bad rice water weevil year. This should come as no surprise with the mild winter we had this year. Many fields that have been flooded in ... Read More »

UA Pine Bluff teams with other agencies on feral hog program

wild hogs

Feral hogs continue to be a major problem in Arkansas, causing more than $19 million yearly to the state’s agriculture industry alone, according the Arkansas Department of Agriculture. In addition to crop losses, feral hogs damage pastures, destroy wildlife habitat, pollute water and transmit disease to livestock and, in rare cases, to people. Feral hogs have been known to move ... Read More »

Proof positive

rice stink bug adult

Arkansas revisits rice stink bug thresholds, finding they still balance grain damage with grower profitability. • By Vicky Boyd, Editor • As two southern rice-producing states changed their rice stink bug thresholds, reducing the number that would trigger treatment, University of Arkansas entomologists decided they should revisit their recommendations. After conducting numerous trials — ranging from caged feeding studies to ... Read More »

It’s all about timing

fertilizer in a rice field

Use plant growth stage and DD50 to gauge when best to make N applications. • By Jarrod Hardke • Proper nitrogen (N) management is all about timing. Whether we’re talking about preflood N, midseason N or boot N, we need to be on time to maximize yield and the economic return of the application. For all rice cultivars, whether varieties ... Read More »

Numbers don’t tell the full story of the 2020 Arkansas planting season

planting rice trials Greene County, Ark

• By Ryan McGeeney • As anyone who’s ever seen their working conditions boiled down to a single pair of digits can tell you, big numbers don’t always tell the whole story. To see the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s tell it, for example, the 14-day period that ended May 10 represented two weeks in a row in which seven out ... Read More »