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UArk takes a hard look at COVID-19 impacts on state’s economy

U Arkansas covid-19 report

• By Mary Hightower • Arkansas agriculture and the state’s rural areas may face the potential for significant disruption in supply chain, labor and government services due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a multi-sector economic impact released by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture. The 15-page report, released Friday, provides an overview of potential ... Read More »

UArk needs your help to build spray water quality database

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• By Tommy Butts • Spray water quality, specifically pH and hardness, can impact the efficacy of numerous pesticides. It has been shown that as water pH increases into more alkaline or basic conditions (pH greater than 7), pesticide active ingredients become less stable and therefore, less effective. Most fungicides are better suited to be applied in spray water that ... Read More »

Arkansas rice planting intentions surprise some

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Arkansas growers intend to plant about 1.39 million acres of rice in 2020, according to a U.S. Department of Agriculture report released March 31. The acreage is a rebound from 2019’s 1.15 million acres but still shy of 2018’s 1.44 million acres. The modest increase surprised some analysts, who expected acreage as high as 1.5 ... Read More »

With little early planting, COVID-19 impacts on Arkansas rice remain unknown

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• By Ryan McGeeney • Finally, some rice is in the ground. Barely. Jarrod Hardke, Extension rice agronomist for the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture, said Thursday that a handful of growers began water-seeding rice, a technique that typically accounts for about 5% of all rice acreage in the state. “That’s the very first rice planted in Arkansas ... Read More »

Use the DD50 rice management program to stay ahead in 2020

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• By Jarrod Hardke • Each year, I’m surprised at the number of producers not currently using the DD50 Rice Management Program on their farms. This program is designed to take much of the guesswork out of in-season management for producers and consultants. In general, projected dates of key timings are accurate within a couple of days throughout the season. ... Read More »

At-planting herbicide selection for rice and corn acres

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• By Tom Barber • I have had numerous calls and texts over the past week with questions about burndown herbicides and plant-back intervals. Although there is not much we can do about the rain (it will eventually stop), one thing we can do is be prepared and ready to roll when the weather clears. Regardless if early burndown programs ... Read More »

University of Arkansas licenses 2 long-grain varieties to Erwin-Keith

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The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture has licensed two commercially released rice varieties to an Arkansas seed company that will market them to growers in time for the 2021 growing season. The long-grain rice varieties, RU1701081 and RU1701084, will be available from Erwin-Keith Inc./Progeny Ag, based in Wynne. “RU1701081 has traditional long-grain cooking quality, low chalk and can ... Read More »

March 19 virtual field trip to address surface water irrigation issues

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As concerns over declining groundwater levels in Arkansas increase, some farmers have built their own reservoirs to ensure adequate irrigation for their crops. Groundwater use from the Mississippi River Valley Alluvial Aquifer, which supports the Arkansas Delta, has increased over the last century and the “majority of the increase is attributed to irrigation,” according to the Arkansas State Water Plan’s ... Read More »

U Ark launches row crop text message updates

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Interested in receiving up-to-date University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture row crop information and recommendations directly to your text messaging inbox? Look no further. The university is rolling out a text messaging service from several UAEX row crop Extension specialists. If you are interested in this service, please opt-in through the following process: 1. Text the number 69922 with ... Read More »

UA to host drone summit, March 12-13

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If you’ve ever wanted to fly, here’s an opportunity to start getting your wings. The fourth annual Arkansas Drone/Unmanned Aircraft Systems Summit will take place March 12-13 with simultaneous events in Fayetteville and Little Rock. Registration is now open. Drone experts will cover topics such as Federal Aviation Administration compliance, homeland security regulations, how drones can aid in research and ... Read More »